The problem with dating dreamgirls
First and foremost Dreamgirls belongs to former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson.
Her movie debut ranks as one of the great musical performances in screen history.
It’s a shame because the Savoy has had a successful run of Broadway revivals recently – Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Funny Girl – using them as showboating vehicles for famous actors.
I feel like Patrick and I saw two different movies.Beyoncé plays Deena Jones (AKA Diana Ross) with Jamie Foxx being the Berry Gordy like character. She gets pushed out of her role as lead singer of the Dreams to make way for the prettier and skinnier Deena much like Florence Ballard was edged out by Diana Ross.Eddie Murphy gives an inspired performance as James ' Thunder' Early a combination James Brown/Little Richard type singer.She’s certainly got the pipes for it; her rendition of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going is like being blasted by a melismatic foghorn or getting a blow dry from a jet engine.
Mostly sung, all nuance and tenderness seems to have been banished in favour of loud arguments and even louder vocal gymnastics – which is fine if you like American Idol, but awful if you’ve got ears.
She does an okay job considering it's her first movie role, but she's hardly deserving of the many accolades that have been heaped upon her.