Starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover
Written By: Bill Condon
Directed By: Bill Condon
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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Make it Stop! Make It Stop! The exact thoughts when watching the Oscar Nominated film Dreamgirls starring Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. Musicals can be okay, but not when they sing every damn line of dialog. If it wasn’t for the performance of Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, this film would have fallen by the wayside. Based off of the Broadway hit play, Dreamgirls had high expectations from a lot of people, and for me, it did not deliver.
The Story revolves around 3 Singers who are chosen to be backup singers for the Legendary James “Thunder” Early, played masterful by Eddie Murphy, and the adventure that career choice leads them. Some may say that the story is very similar to how The Supremes rose to the top and then fell, and I certainly can see the similarities. Murphy’s Early was a cross between James Brown, and Little Richard with a little of his own interpretation of a Motown Star. His performance reminded me of the bits he did back on SNL as these iconic characters portrayed in the film. Eddie Murphy was the best part of the movie. Jamie Foxx plays a sleazy Music Producer/Manager and didn’t really outperform the rest of the cast. Jennifer Hudson was the big talk of the film and Award season and while I think she was very good as Effie, she didn’t deserve the Oscar. Watching the film I was thinking how could she have beaten actresses like Cate Blanchett or the little girl from Little Miss Sunshine? As far as the other actors in the film, Beyonce and Jamie Foxx also really had the spotlight taken away by Murphy and Hudson. I think going into this film, people thought Beyonce and Jamie Foxx were going to be the one’s to shine in the movie, but it wasn’t the case.
Plenty of extras on this two disc set and if you loved the musical numbers in the film (unlike me) there are an additional 12 music numbers to watch, along with plenty of documentaries and featurettes, plus the screen tests for the roles in the movie. I always find that part interesting because most DVDs don’t include them.
I know most people loved this film but I didn’t. I couldn’t wait for it to end and at 130 minutes I was losing my mind. Just when you thought they would actually get to some meaningful dialog, they would all break out into song which drove me nuts. Not to mention most of these actors singing the songs are extremely arrogant. Nothing like hearing a bunch of conceded people singing because they know their shit doesn’t stink!
-12 Never-Before-Seen Extended Musical Numbers
-Music Video “Listen” by Beyonce Knowles
-Dreamgirls Soundtrack Promo
-Go Behind the Scenes with the Full-Length Documentary Building The Dream
-Original Auditions and Screen Tests
-Pre visualization Sequences
-Additional Featurettes Including Dream Logic and Dressing The Dreams
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Any Scene with Eddie Murphy
Running Time: 130 minutes