USA / English
"Fame Comes And Goes, Stars Rise And Fall, But Dreams Live Forever "Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960's.
Fast-Paced Film, Incredible Score, Truthful Performances, Sumptuos Physical Design-What More Do You Want?
I went to a trade screening of "Dreamgirls" a few days ago and from the
first seconds of the film, you can tell that you're in for the time of
your life. To put it shortly, Bill Condon (director-writer) delivers
the goods with this film. It's most definitely the first of its kind.
It moves at a rapturous pace that leaves you breathless and delivers
performances that are both subtle and fittingly over the top.
The movie explains plot holes from the Broadway musical and adds many
historical occurrences (Martin Luther King Jr., etc.) that gives the
film a much more social awareness. Most of the sung dialogue from the
musical is replaced with spoken with the exception of a few scenes. The
music itself has always been wonderful, and this able cast performs it
The performances are something else. Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murhpy, and
Anika Noni Rose will blow you away. Murphy's vocals, though not as
strong as his leading ladies, suit his character perfectly and shows a
vulnerable side to him towards the end that we never knew he had. Rose
makes the transition from a giggly little girl into a full-blossomed
woman seamlessly, and Hudson-well, let's just say that any major hype
you've heard about her does not do her performance justice. Beyonce
Knowles will catch you off guard with her beautifully subtle
performance, brilliantly channeling Diana Ross with her musical
performances. Jaime Foxx, Keith Robinson, Danny Glover, and Sharon Leal
also hand in admirable performances.
I could not recommend this film more. It gives hope AGAIN to the movie
musical that "Chicago" revived and "The Phantom of the Opera", "Rent",
and "The Producers" almost killed. I can't say whether this film will
be the next "Chicago" (I do foresee MANY Oscar noms, including Best Pic
and others), I certainly hope it will be. I dream it will be bigger. It
is definitely not the next "The Producers". I can say this though: It
is the first, and only, "Dreamgirls" that we will ever encounter.
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