All That Jazz

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Half That Jazz

Jan 4, 2005
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Pros:The second half, the musical numbers, Roy Scheider's acting, the artistic qualities.

Cons:The first half, the singing in the last number.

The Bottom Line: Half this movie (the second half) is worth it. The first part is a let-down. The musical numbers are decent, but I have seen better.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

I've been quite busy as of late so I haven't written any reviews in a while. But since I've seen a whole bunch of movies since my last review, I decided it is about time for me to start again. I usually review horror movies but lately I have been mostly interested in musicals. So I decided that I would review some of those for a change.

My favorite movie right now is "Chicago". And several people said that if I liked "Chicago" that I would LOVE "All That Jazz". Well...I'm sorry, but they were wrong.

"All That Jazz" is a 1979 musical/drama directed by Bob Fosse. It stars Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, and Leland Palmer but it mostly features Roy Scheider. Scheider plays an arrogant "brilliant dancer". But he is also a constantly worn out busy man who is trying to make a hit broadway show while edit a movie at the same time.

Although audiences love his Broadway shows, he never thinks that anything he does in them is good enough. He often alters and even cuts scenes to make them as best as he can do (which still doesn't come even close to pleasing himself). He is just as a perfectionist when it comes to his movie, yet he still just can't get it the way he visions it.

The movie follows his way of work as he exhausts himself and explores his womanizing and drug using ways. It also gives insight to his relationship with his daughter, ex-wife, and current girlfriend, Katie.

It also talks about his nearing death and the "5 stages of death and dying". The closer he gets to death, the more musical numbers and artistic film techniques there are.

Some of the artistic qualities are when they are reviewing the script and everyone in the room is laughing but all that Roy hears is silence around him and only the sounds he makes are noticeable. Also when he is nearing death he sees several musical numbers of the important (and one number of the not-so-important) women in his life. The ending sequence is also a artistic climax full of glitter and glamour when in reality the scene is a gloomy entrance to a body bag.

I titled this review "Half That Jazz" because I only was pulled into half the movie (the second half). The first half was slightly dull and boring, and although it provided needed information, it could have been portrayed in a more artistic and interesting way. Once he started to get "sick" and into the hospital is when I thought the movie was full of entertainment.

I think this because it is at the hospital where most of the art and musical numbers are displayed. I liked the music and the dancing and the way it fit in with his other work. For example, when Roy is stumbling around the hospital he is experiencing the 5 stages of dying with audio of his movie playing in he background. I found this very creative and was pleased at the idea, it really made the movie memorable.

And although this movie was a musical, I honestly think it could have used more music. I think the first half lacked a lot and if it had all the elements that the second half had, well, then this movie would have been one of my favorites. But the first half was so wretched and lame that I thought it was never going to end. Luckily the second half saved it from becomming a full and utter disastor.

I would have given this movie 3 stars, but the singing in the last scene was dreadful and out-of-tune. The performance was good, but the singing was way below par to be in a finale.

So, if you are a musical fan you may want to check this out. If you are not a musical fan, well, you may want to sit this out. Because although many people classify it as a drama, it isn't a good drama at all. If you want a real musical I would recommend "Chicago" instead. That one was what I was hoping this one would be, because it kept my attention all the way through and the singing is fantastic. So to sum it all up..."All That Jazz" is only "half" it's worth.


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age


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