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Dreamgirls (2007) March 24, 2007

Posted by ayasawada in Film.
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In short: Belting opening, intriguing bridge, boring chorus, predictable climax.

Thoughts: Reasonably entertaining and thoroughly deserving it’s clutch of Academy Award nominations, particularly for its songs.

Dreamgirls starts off like a rollercoaster, the sheer momentum of the girl’s careers carrying you singing, swinging with them to the top. But it’s when they get there that they, and the movie, run into problems. Whilst the initial stage songs are fabulous, the more plot-pushing singing dialogue numbers are are atrotious. Moulin Rouge benefitted from using pop songs and Chicago used non-diagetic dream sequences. But Dreamgirls asks you to swallow the bursts into song, which wouldn’t be too bad if the lyrics weren’t so damn corny.

Nevertheless, the direction seems sound and the peformances are excellent, with some top-notch casting. Jamie Foxx is good, even when his character makes a rather sudden step into evil. Eddie Murphy should have won his Oscar. And I agree with every accolade lavished on Jennifer Hudson.

A good movie, but I expect a musical to leave me tapping my toes more on the way home.

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1. thebrideofthemonster - March 24, 2007

It’s a good movie, I was afraid it was all about Beyoncé but it’s not (althought her performance is good), J. Hudson really deserved her Oscar

2. ayasawada - March 24, 2007

Yeah, I thought Beyonce would dominate more too, but I hardly noticed her!


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