Dreamgirls

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


From the opening shot this film has a dazzling energy that never slackens before the explosive finale. A loosely factual chronicle of the birth of R&B and the early days of The Supremes, it begins with a three-girl singing group being discovered at a talent contest by a car salesman () who sees them as his ticket into show business. Immediately signing them to sing backup for an increasingly popular singer (, in a showstopping performance), Foxx eventually lets the girls be their own act but pushes the superbly-voiced lead singer () out of the way in favour of the slender, more camera-ready .  Professional rivalries and personal conflicts being what they are, the girls eventually take paths that will lead them to unexpected places, some to financial gains and others to personal losses.  Writer-director Bill Condon, adapting the Broadway hit into an equally unforgettable film, treats his audience with intellectual respect by glossing over the plot details that any viewer will already be overly familiar with and concentrating mainly on the fantastic singing. As marvelous as everyone is, including Knowles in her beautiful Diana Ross wigs, none of them match the intensity of Hudson, an American Idol contestant making her feature film debut and stealing the entire show. Her delivery of dialogue reveals someone new to the game of acting (which isn’t to say she’s bad, merely green), but she starts to sing and what comes out of her is raw, honest, vulnerable and heartbreaking, singing that strikes a deep nerve that you won’t easily forget. Watching this young woman become a star during the running time of this film is one of the most pleasurable experiences a movie watcher can have, while Sharon Davis (Oscar nominee for Ray) outdoes herself with the gorgeous costumes.


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USA, 2006

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the musical book by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by Tom Eyen,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Awards:  2006

British Academy Awards:  2006

Directors Guild Awards:  2006

Golden Globe Awards:  2006

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards:  2006

National Board of Review Awards:  2006

National Society of Film Critics Awards:  2006

New York Film Critics Awards:  2006

Screen Actors Guild Awards:  2006

Toronto Film Critics Awards: 2006

 

 

 

 

 


Dreamgirls

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