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:: Dreamgirls

The glitz of a Broadway musical is well transferred to the screen in this colourful story that follows the rise of girl group “The Dreamettes” and the struggles they encounter as they try to make their way to the top of the charts.

Set in the late 1960s/early '70s, Deena (Beyonce) and Effie (Jennifer Hudson) are the big voices in an unknown trio who enter a talent competition. From here the talented girls are swallowed up by manager Curtis Taylor (Jamie Foxx) and begin singing back-up for falling soul star, James Early (Eddie Murphy). They become an act in their own right, however, and their fame and fortune soon turns to pressure and pain, and the Dreamettes find themselves living a nightmare.

“Dreamgirls” boasts an incredibly strong cast: Eddie Murphy, Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover, and newcomer Jennifer Hudson. Each and every cast and crewmember does an outstanding job and equally deserves some credit. Eddie Murphy especially stands out strong with a great voice and probably his best performance in his entire career. Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyoncé Knowles roll right in with their great screen presence and awesome musical ability.

The resounding theme that comes across is one of friendship, women, and how they can survive. It is directed by Bill Condon (the screenwriter of “Chicago”) and he does a wonderful job bringing “Dreamgirls” to the big screen. Everyone involved in “Dreamgirls” was chosen for a reason and you can completely see his vision throughout this film, from casting choices to everything behind the scenes.

The choreography is terrific. We feel as if we are watching a Broadway musical at times, then at a jazz concert, before heading off to a pop music show. Well worth a look.

DVD Extras

Film clips
Story featurette
Cast featurette
“Listen” music video