Sunday, December 31, 2006


I just wanted to mention that anyone who remotely likes a good movie musical should run to see Dreamgirls (adapted from the early 80s Broadway hit, inspired by the story of Diana Ross and The Supremes), which IMO instantly becomes the film to beat at this year's Oscars.

Eddie Murphy is a revelation -- certain to get the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He's come a long way from "Party All the Time." (And hopefully, he's also come a long way from the nauseatingly homophobic material he--and many other comics-- did in the Early 80s...)

Jennifer Hudson (apparently one of these American Idol people) will no be mistaken for Meryl Streep any time soon -- but she has an amazing voice, and she's not bad, by any means. Her prformance is natural, and endearing. Ditto Beyonce.

I can't remember the last time an audience (let alone a jaded, Manhattan audience) broke into spontaneous applause during a film even once, let alone a dozen times, but that's just what happened here. And with good reason. Dreamgirls is that good (though it's not quite as good as Chicago, which director Bill Condon's adapted for Rob Marshall).


Blogger Helen the Felon said...

The last time I saw spontaneous applause from a NY movie audience was during Snakes on a Plane. Clearly I need to see Dreamgirls.

Happy New Year!

1/1/07, 1:23 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Happy New Year! And congrats on the Wisywig perf.

1/1/07, 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

I have not seen the film yet, but I was lucky enough to be working in the entertainment press in Boston on the night that "Dreamgirls" opened for out-of-town tryouts. So I got to see/hear Jennifer Holliday sing that amazing song live for the first time! So many years later, I still remember the power of that performance. I am looking forward to hearing Jennifer Hudson in the film.

1/2/07, 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I would have to agree whole-heartedly with your review of this film. Jamie Foxx also deserves a mention.

1/3/07, 9:31 AM  

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