What can I say about "Dreamgirls" that has not already been said? It is not just a movie, it's an experience. From the moment that the movie starts, you are dazzled by performances with passion, wonderful staging, amazing direction and the costumes...what can I say? It is an emotional spectacle even though the storyline is not new and the clichés are well...clichés but all dressed up and embraced and played for all they are worth by a very creative group of people both before and behind the camera. Beyonce is gorgeous and has talent galore unlike other crossover singers. Jamie Foxx is less flashy than the rest of the cast and his subdued performance gives grounding to the film. The true stars are Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. Murphy gives the performance f his career and that he did not win the Oscar is a huge oversight. Hudson is unbelievable and whenever she is on screen she owns the movie. Her "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" had the audience on its feet--something we rarely see in movies. This was one of the most intense scenes ever filmed. Hudson exhibits vulnerability and an innocence that we have not seen on the screen in a long, long time. She is, quite literally, breathtaking and even if you do not like the movie you will remember her performance.
Bill Condon, the writer-director, has beautifully realized the entire concept and wrapped it up for us. He has brought a legendary Broadway musical to the screen with all of the excitement of the original. Movie musicals are not easy to feed to the masses but "Dreamgirls" is an exception--it pleases throughout. It even gives a new definition of movie musical as it uses the music to heighten emotions when words don't do it alone. Condon handed these transitions with a stroke of genius and he directed the entire project with a love that seems to jump off of the screen. The film is artful and exquisitely rendered. It is a crowd pleaser and an absolute fun time.
Jennifer Hudson is truly amazing. She steals the movie. Beyonce put in a good performance, but she looks like the back-up through out the whole movie. Eddie Murphy also puts in a fine performance. Jamie Fox and the rest of the cast provide a strong supporting background for the movie.
If they were alive today I am quite sure that Rogers and Hammerstein, Loerner and Lowe and all the others who brought us the great American musicals of the 1940's and 1950's would stand up and cheer for "Dreamgirls". For this is a film steeped in the tradition of those fabulous M-G-M musicals of days gone by. Executive Producer Patricia Whitcher pushed all of the right buttons in assembling an incredibly talented ensemble that makes "Dreamgirls" … more
For all the importance of music within African-American history, musicals used to be a whites-only genre in Hollywood. Then came Queen Latifah's role in Chicago in 2002, followed by the hit Ray in 2005. But whereas Latifah had only a supporting role in Chicago, and Ray was more a drama with great music, this movie is truly a musical in every sense of the word, with all the major roles played by African-Americans. The story is of three women in Detroit who grow up as childhood friends and become … more
Pros: Jennifer Hudson! Beyonce, Foxx's acting, bring-down-the-house numbers, costumes Cons: pacing, Eddie Murphy's character, some duller songs The Bottom Line: All I want for Christmas is Jennifer Hudson's voice. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. When Jennifer Hudson was voted off of American Idol during the 2004 season, my mother and I were so devastated that we vowed to never watch … more
Pros: Outstanding performance by Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. Cons: Nothng. The Bottom Line: Can you hear the sound of my clapping, the joyous call of my delighted whistle? Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. There are few movies I have seen this yearand I have seen quite a fewthat can measure the emotional fulfillment of Dreamgirls. The movie is after all about music, the … more
Pros: Murphy Cons: Songs can drag on a bit to long. The Bottom Line: For Murphy alone, this film is a must see. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The rise of Motown records is one of the music industries greatest tales. Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959 established the record label that not only made stars of numerous talents such as Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Jackson 5, but helped African … more
The 1982 Tony-Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS shimmies its way to the big screen with a stellar cast and undeniable sheen. Set in 1960s Detroit, DREAMGIRLS follows the commercial and cultural struggles of the R&B recording industry, through the rise of the Dreamettes (later shortened to just the Dreams) from backup singers to headlining international superstars. The trio--Deena (Beyonci Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)--soon discover the harsh reality behind the glamour of fame and fortune, as the group's controlling and shady manager, Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), uses them to help build his musical empire and capture his dream of crossing over from R&B to the pop charts. He sacrifices Effie's immense talent as lead singer for Deena's stunning, more mainstream look to sell the sound, pushing marketable appeal over musical artisanship--and compromising the ambitions of his protigis. <br> <br> Since its Broadway debut, DREAMGIRLS has been widely rumored to be inspire...