Director: Rob Marshall. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson. 118 min. Rated PG-13. USA/Italy. Musical.
Call it Chicago ... without a story. The qualms and dilemmas of a Fellini-esque movie director is not enough to make full use of Day-Lewis' incredible acting skills, as he's mostly sitting in a corner, obsessing about his miserable life. And the over-abundance of superstar actresses is distracting at best. The only element that kept me going, was the beautiful photography (and of course, the stunning choreography). Surprisingly, Fergie's sequence is the best.