“Dreamgirls” takes the audience into a facsimile of the world of Motown in the 60’s. It reveals the underbelly of the recording business including payola schemes and the struggle black entertainers had to endure in the white-dominated pop music world.
Like the Broadway musical from which its adapted, its the singing that overshadows an otherwise strong and believable story and capable acting. Jamie Fox, Eddie Murphy and Beyoncé Knowles all give amazing musical performances. But, it’s newcomer and American Idol competitor, Jennifer Hudson that steals the show. She has the chops to be the next Aretha Franklin. The soliloquies are musically stronger than the songs performed on stage.
Unfortunately, the subtext of the story contains adultery, drug and alcohol use, and some language that puts it outside Dove’s approval. If you decide not to see the movie, I’d highly recommend the music soundtrack.