Movie of the Week Part III: Dreamgirls

Good but not great.

Yes, Jennifer Hudson as Effie was amazing. I’ll get that out of the way. When she sings “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” it’s over.

Also, it was great to see Eddie Murphy with the energy he had in the 80’s. However, some songs I felt like I was watching a Saturday Night Live sketch. Sometimes it’s hard to take him seriously but that’s more my problem than his.

Beyoncé wasn’t bad but she gave the role what it asked for so I’m not complaining about it. There’s something about her voice. I think because she’s so soft spoken that she has to dub over most of her takes because her voice always sounds like it’s on a different audio channel (or whatever the proper term is) than everyone else’s. That said, she can sing and damn, she’s fine. I hate you, Shawn Carter.

Jamie Foxx was great too but his singing wasn’t very good except for “When I First Saw You”. Also, Keith Robinson’s (Effie’s brother, C.C.) signing also bugged me.

The movie felt longer than it needed. After Jennifer Hudson’s solo, the movie definately dragged it’s feet to the end with one too many songs but it was still enjoyable.

And everyone who didn’t vote for Jennifer Hudson on American Idol, well, don’t you feel stupid?


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