Dreamgirls

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  • Dream A Singing Dream

    Feb 23, 2007 by pmills1210 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid cast and good songs
    Cons: Treats music as a business above all else

    Summary: The soul music of the sixties is very special to many. Those who recall it will undoubtedly remember artists like the Supremes and Marvin Gaye. The movie Dreamgirls is based on the Motown music of that era, and the rise and career of two musical ... read more

  • "You got so heavy on me." - Dreamgirls

    Jun 8, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Acting, music, sets, drama, pacing.
    Cons: Beyonce is just playing herself, and it gets really annoying.

    Summary: Dreamgirls is one of those films that comes along with glitter and glitz and glamour, trying to suck you into its magical web of realistic fantasy. It entices you with catchy pop songs and beautiful women and dazzles you with elaborate sets. It ... read more

  • Dreamgirls, Divas and Droning

    Sep 20, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: a glimpse into history, even if it's fictionalized
    Cons: some songs are just too darn long

    Summary: I’m not great at R&B history but it appears that this is the story of Motown – just not with the Motown name. A band that looks a lot like Diana Ross and the Supremes is called Deena Jones and the Dreams. The record label is called ... read more

  • A Testament to the stength of women

    Jun 7, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: well developed plot, great singing, great cast
    Cons: none

    Summary: This is one of the few "musicals" I have ever seen and enjoyed. Most of the others were quite annoying to me and I would not watch it basically if it was a musical. This movie was based on a group of girls, the dreamettes that started off going ... read more

  • Fame Comes And Goes, Stars Rise And Fall, But Dreams Live Forever: Dreamgirls

    Jun 3, 2008 by talyseon is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The music, the story, the acting.
    Cons: None worth mentioning.

    Summary: Dreamgirls (2006) Directed by Bill Condon. During an amateur talent contest Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, sees an opportunity and some talent and decides to break into the music business. He signs the trio of teen-agers, the Dreamettes, ... read more

  • And You, And You, And You... You Gonna Love Meeee!!!! You Gonna Love Me!!!

    Feb 25, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Condon's Direction/Script, Look, Production, Music, Performances, & Cast.
    Cons: Might Be Too Glossy for Some & Knowles is Somewhat Weak.

    Summary: In the early 1980s, Broadway found a smash musical called Dreamgirls written by Tom Eyen who also wrote the lyrics with help from Henry Krieger who did the music. The story was based on the history and rise of Motown Records in the 1960s as ... read more

  • Dreamgirls - Jennifer Hudson's Amazing Oscar Winning Performance

    Jan 1, 2008 by dragonfire88 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful performances in an entertaining movie.
    Cons: Not for everyone.

    Summary: I have enjoyed many movie musicals over the years. I have original Broadway soundtracks to several shows and I hope to eventually see more musicals on the stage. I have liked that movie versions of musicals have been made since that gives me the chance ... read more

  • More Than A Movie - It's An Event

    Nov 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The plot, the music, the acting, the singing
    Cons: It's long, but still worth it.

    Summary: When I heard of Captaind’s Good Movies Write Off I knew that I wanted to submit Dream Girls as one of the best movies I have seen as of late. However, I knew the writing a review about this movie would be a bit of a chore as I do not consider Dream ... read more

  • Nice Slice of Musical Nostalgia, But...

    Jun 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great costumes, sets, and choreography, a nice trip down Motown memory lane.
    Cons: The songs don't come close to the infectious quality of Motown's best.

    Summary: ... but, like so many movies dealing with the pop music industry, it isn't exactly full of great songs. A fine musical could be made (and perhaps already has) featuring the great Motown songs of the 60s and early 70s. Unfortunately, the faux-Motown ... read more

  • Living the Dream with the Dream Girls

    Jun 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Non-Stop Music,Drama and excellent acting. Beyonce and Jennifer stole the show.
    Cons: Why did they have to treat Jennifer Hudson so badly.

    Summary: This movie was a mixture of drama, music, pain, and happiness. If you like the Motown era and you like groups The Jackson 5 or Marvin Gaye then this is the movie for you. I bought this movie because I love any kind of film that has music and soul in ... read more

  • Pleasant but unconvincing and too ‘Broadway’ for cinema

    May 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Hudson, Murphy, Glover, Foxx, Leal
    Cons: Phony, Episodic script, awful songs, Beyoncé

    Summary: The story of Diana Ross and the Supremes…except, not. Only it is. Just don’t tell her that. Actually, it’s about three up and coming wannabes (Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and as the resident bubble-head, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose) ... read more

  • Dreamgirls --- A musical journey for Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, and Eddie Murphy

    Mar 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great music, equally good casting, several nice performances
    Cons: lacked originality, no real surprises, a few instances that needed more emotion

    Summary: Based on a famous Broadway musical, Dreamgirls is the story of a trio of female singers trying to make it big in the early 1960's. More specifically, the film takes a look at the Motown music of the time, and focuses on the struggles that ... read more

  • Dream Gig for African Americans

    Feb 21, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Glitter, Drama, and Song
    Cons: Jennifer Hudson's bare legs in several scenes. Too much Eddie Murphyisms.

    Summary: Basking in the thunder and applaud of Hollywood is not a regular experience for African American performers. 'Dreamgirls' is our time to shine not only for our musical talents, but for our acting as well. The filmography, choreography, costume, and ... read more

  • Great Musical Flick

    Feb 19, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great new talent mixed with the pros.
    Cons: none

    Summary: This was a great treat for us boomers seeking shelter from the cold. I had just watched a special on Billy Strayhorn and the problem with discrimination in the music industry which helped put this movie in historical perspective. I have to agree with ... read more

  • Supreme Being

    Jan 12, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great music. Great performances. Great look.
    Cons: None to speak of.

    Summary: Where does the time go? No sooner do I get one project tied up than a dozen others come down around my perfectly coiffed head, burying me up to the tops of my size six Capezio character tap shoes. It's very annoying. Pre-production work on my new film ... read more

  • Ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby

    Jan 11, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Songs
    Cons: What they say about the songs

    Summary: Dreamgirls is a truly bizarre spectacle: a Motown musical that hates Motown. I'm not kidding. A fictional retelling of the rise of that famous Detroit record company, Dreamgirls never hesitates to remind us that Motown just sucks, sucks, ... read more

  • Dreamgirls: big screen spectacle at its most exhilarating

    Jan 1, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The actors (especially Jennifer Hudson); the direction; the music.
    Cons: Not the most original story.

    Summary: Films that see release at this time of year usually fall into one of two categories: (1) pretentious awards bait or (2) pure entertainers. Hardly usual is the case where something comes along that fulfills one's desire for a rousing, exhilarating ... read more

  • "Dreamgirls" is everything they say it is....

    Jan 1, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Music, Murphy and Hudson
    Cons: A little cartoonish

    Summary: Somewhere out there, Jennifer Holliday is shaking her head and sighing. Jennifer was nearly 25 years ahead of her time when she starred in the Broadway version of “Dreamgirls” as Effie. Today, she’s seen the show come to film and make another Jennifer, ... read more

  • An Engaging Drama (with Music!)

    Jan 1, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A wonderful (and rare) blend of music and drama complimenting each others power and effectiveness.
    Cons: I am at a loss to think of any at the moment.

    Summary: Historically, many of the films called 'musicals' suffer from one of two basic tragic flaws. They tend to either miss the boat on either 1) good dramatic satisfaction - emphasizing the score and lyrics that make use of a flimsy 'story line' to create a ... read more

  • A perspective of American pop culture since the sixties---

    Dec 31, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Outstanding performances and some great music!
    Cons: A cynical view of the music industry

    Summary: For my wife and me the stage musical "Dreamgirls" was an early Broadway theater experience that totally thrilled us in 1983. Twenty-four years later we have eagerly awaited the release of the highly touted movie version released nationwide on ... read more

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