Dreamgirls (DVD)

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Dreamgirls (DVD)

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Set in 1960s Detroit, DREAMGIRLS follows the commercial and cultural struggles of the R&B recording industry, through the rise of the Dreamettes (late...

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“For One Night Only”

published 11/08/2007

ProExciting, Great Performances, Set Pieces, Some Bri...

ConsPacing, Sometimes Feels Stagey

Its talent night at some club, the brightest young acts are all competing to win a cash prize, the mood is frantic, and music fills the air. In hurries Deena and Lorrell two members of the Dreamgirls, they are late and missing their lead singer. Eventually Effie arrives and they take to the...

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“All you have to do is dream!”

published 15/01/2011

ProAmazing story and vocals from all involved

ConsLength

About the film Dreamgirls was released in 2006 and is 130 minutes long. The film was distributed by DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures and was adapted from the 1981 broadway musical of the same name. Dreamgirls won 3 Golden Globe's and 2 Oscars. The film is rates 12 because of one scene with...

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“Dreamgirls”

published 11/08/2010

ProFlawless cast, outstanding first half with incredi...

ConsSlightly off-key second half, sentimental, whilst ...

Musical biopics can be incredibly repetitive and slightly cheesy. The singers all grow up poor, with either harsh parents or bad environment or both. But they're incredibly talented. They are not easily accepted by those close to them so they struggle for a bit early on. This is until they meet...

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“A Dream Supreme”

published 02/07/2007

ProActing and the music

ConsGoes too 'Musical' half way through

Dreamgirls is a thinly veiled telling of the Diana Ross and The Supremes story, with all the names changed. Though there is no doubt in the viewers mind that this is who the main characters are based on obviously the makers deny this and say that it is all fiction, though an appearance later on...

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“Friendship or Fame?”

published 23/12/2009

Progreat storyline, excellent songs and vocals

Consnone really

FILM ONLY REVIEW Effie, Lorelle and Deena are three teenage girls who dream of being singers, they have formed a group called the Dreamettes and are now entering a talent show. Unfortunately the girls don’t win the show but that is because Curtis, the car salesman who also dreams of making it in...

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“Ambition, Dreams and Courage”

published 05/09/2007

Progreat singing, acting, plot

Cons-

I usually tend to avoid films with a lot of hype around them but I suppose with Dreamgirls it wasn't so much the hype rather a certain cast member. I am a Beyonce fan and do like her singing but I saw 'The Fighting Temptations' one of her previous acting roles and I wasn't too moved by her acting...

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“A dream of a film”

published 29/11/2007

ProOutstanding performances, great music

Conssinging/talking!

*********Dreamgirls********** When I first joined my movie stream this was the top film on my list. Ive waited ages to see it. Was it worth the wait? Dreamgirls has an impressive cast. The main cast are as follows: Jamie Foxx - Curtis Taylor Beyonce Knowles - Deena Jones Eddie Murphy - Jimmy...

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Excellent

“* Girls That Dream *”

published 07/01/2009

ProMusic!

ConsNone!

I had never seen Beyonce acting in a film before so was curious to see what she would be like. So when I found out she was in the film Dream Girls and my friend had the DVD , I asked her if I could borrow it. Dream Girls is an American film which comes under the musical and drama genres. The film...

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“Dream or Nightmare?”

published 09/11/2009

ProGreat singing, acting, outfits.

ConsA bit boring, a bit samey all the way through.

Dreamgirls is probably most notable for starring Beyonce Knowles as Deena Jones, as well as starring the handsome Jamie Fox as manager and Cadillac sales man, Curtis Taylor Jr., and Eddie Murphy as the lengendary Jimmy Early. The plot follows a trio of young, black, female singers called 'The...

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“Almost There”

published 02/08/2015

ProGreat Soundtrack, Good Acting

ConsDisjointed storyline, boring in parts

The film is based around the characters of Effie, Lorelle and Deena, three girls with a big dream to become singers. They are discovered at a talent show and the dream starts to become reality. As they get bigger, Effie, who is in a relationship with their manager at Curtis at the time starts to...

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Super

published 05/12/2007

I first saw this film at thh cinema and enjoyed it so much I bought the dvd when it was released. The film is ablout a three piece girl band (supposedly based on Diana Ross and the Supremes) that are trying to make it in the music business. There is music, romance, scandal and pain. What more could you want. Sometimes a little "cheesy" in places, but I think thats half of the appeal. Overall a good film, that will appeal to most ages (teens to grannies) with a fantastic soundtrack. Well worth a watch.

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“Dreamgirls”

published 25/06/2007

ProGood cast and catchy songs.

ConsDrags a little.

Dreamgirls is a film following a group of singers called the Dreamettes. These three girls are on the hunt for fame and fortune and find it when they are offered the chance to sing behind thier favourite R&B sensation Sir James Thunder Early. They agree and are soon offered thier own spot in a...

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Excellent

“dreamgirls”

published 06/06/2010

Probrillant songs, storyline and actors

Consnone

this film is soooooooooooooo AMAZING!. I love each and every song. I can't pick. But the filming the acting the storylines its all fantastic. It brings a smile to your face whilst watching the film. The sad part was when eddie murphy died it was a bit of a shock. But its amazing how you see the...

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Set in 1960s Detroit, DREAMGIRLS follows the commercial and cultural struggles of the R&B recording industry, through the rise of the Dreamettes (later shortened to just the Dreams) from backup singers to headlining international superstars. The trio--Deena (Beyonce Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)--soon discover the harsh reality behind the glamour of fame and fortune, as the group's controlling and shady manager, Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), uses them to help build his musical empire and capture his dream of crossing over from R&B to the pop charts. He sacrifices Effie's immense talent as lead singer for Deena's stunning, more mainstream look to sell the sound, pushing marketable appeal over musical artisanship--and compromising the ambitions of his proteges. <BR><BR>Since its Broadway debut, DREAMGIRLS has been widely rumoured to be inspired by the hugely successful girl-group the Supremes, as well as some of Motown's biggest players. Knowles's Deena portrays the Diana Ross character, radiant in miraculous recreations of the hairstyles and fashions that made Ross timeless, while Foxx's Taylor exemplifies influential Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. Former AMERICAN IDOL contestant Jennifer Hudson makes her feature-film debut delivering a knockout performance as the larger-than-life Effie, and Eddie Murphy is believable as the misunderstood James Brown-like character of Jimmy "Thunder" Early. Vibrant with colourful costumes and sleek backdrops, the film flows effortlessly from dialogue to musical numbers, each song capturing the richness of the talented cast and the essence of the era, endlessly soaring with fast-paced excitement and non-stop emotion.

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