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" one of the finest musicals of the past quarter century . As most people know "Dreamgirls" is loosely based on the story of Berry Gordy's Motown records and the popular 1960's girl group The Supremes. The star-studded cast includes Eddie Murphy in what just might be the finest performance of his career, the multi-talented Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson who earned herself an Acadamy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Effie White. Those of you who are not familiar with the meteoric rise of Gordy's Motown empire in the early 1960's will get yourself a pretty good history lesson here. The rest of us can focus on the splendid acting performances by just about everyone involved. What can you say about the musical score for this film? Simply outstanding! Among the tunes I enjoyed the most were "Patience", "I Miss You Old Friend" and Jennifer Hudson's remarkable performance on a pair of tunes "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and most of all "One Night Only". Add to this mix the terrific choreography throughout "Dreamgirls" and what you have is one thoroughly enjoyable motion picture experience.
Frankly, I thought that the first 30 minutes or so of "Dreamgirls" was rather ordinary. Perhaps this is a consequence of the film losing something in the translation from the original stage show. But the film rapidly gains momentum after that and ends in a flourish. I must admit that I am disappointed that I missed seeing "Dreamgirls" on the big screen but this is a flick that I am definitely going to want to see again. Kudos to everyone involved! Highly recommended!
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.
"Dreamgirls" A Dream of a Film Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride 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 … 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
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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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...