10 January 2007

Movie Rec

This past weekend Miss Parker and I went to see Dreamgirls and were blown away. We are both fans of the Motown sound and movie musicals, so we were pretty sure that we would like the film but it was above and beyond our expectations.

Everyone involved does excellent work. I never really cared one way or another about Beyonce, but she does an excellent job, which you don't really recognize until her solo near the end of the movie. However, the most amazing performances come from Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy.

I remember being impressed by Jennifer Hudson's voice when she was on American Idol a few years ago, but she so totally embodies her character and is such a vocal powerhouse that I felt like giving her a standing ovation at least twice during the film. And I don't give standing ovations freely.

Eddie Murphy is known for comedy so humorous moments in the film were expected. However, it is his portrayal of a man fighting against being a has-been, a man who is flawed and self-destructive but still hoping for a better future that surprised me. And I think the depths of his expressiveness will surprise you too.

So, if you enjoy great music and good storytelling, I would definitely recommend seeing this movie. Oh, and fans of The Office, keep an eye out for a cameo by John Krasinski!


aquamarine said...

I am so glad that your review is positive. I have wanted to see this, now I have just that more reason to do so!

Scully said...

I can't recommend this movie enough! There is one part where Beyonce's character swears a short blue streak, so don't hate me if you are offended. But convince your hubby you need a date night! Just tell him it is an Eddie Murphy movie. Not a musical in which Murphy sings. Let me know what you think if you see it!

Panini said...

Oh I'm so glad I just read this--I've been wanting to see a movie, but I haven't followed what's out. thanks.

CherBear said...

Just noticed in the picture you posted that Jennifer Hudson is the only one holding the mic properly. I totally hate it when people hold it with their whole hand on the mic. They are professionals, they should know. That was one of the first things I learned in high school choir class.