Dreamgirls : 5 of 5
I don't know why I waited so long to see this movie, especially because I like musicals so much, but Dreamgirls was a great choice for a Sunday night at the Alamo Drafthouse with Ernesto and Jonathan. Just like when I saw Chicago, I couldn't stop myself from applauding after many of the incredible numbers, and I think the rest of the theater joined in! I'm sure you already know that Dreamgirls tells a kind of history of soul music through fictional characters, and includes musical styles from Motown all the way through disco. The music is absolutely fantastic, with tons of energy and fantastic production (I especially like the way the drums are always really loud, with a huge snare "pop", yet never get in the way of the other instruments), and the songs are pretty much wall to wall. Beyonce is great in her role (and beautiful, of course), and although she sounds terrific, she sounds like a beginner next to Jennifer Hudson, who gets several chances to belt out some real emotion. This is definitely the best role Eddie Murphy has ever played (combining joy when he's performing to tragedy when his life falls apart), and since I'm not a Jamie Foxx fan, I didn't mind that his character was such a jerk. Dreamgirls is a celebration of some truly incredible music, combined with some great character development, that makes for an exciting time at the theater - I hope I can see the Broadway production someday!