Dreamgirls is a movie for any fan of motown and the history of that era, but even the most ardent fans will cringe everytime Jennifer Hudson as Effie White hits those high notes. I don’t understand how she got a best supporting actress
nomination Oscar, I really don’t. She wasn’t horrible by any means, but she was nowhere near an Oscar-worthy performance.
I liked that the movie was set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, as a parallel to the struggle of black musicians to bring their music to to the white dominated pop charts. It’s also fun to match the real life motown singers to their fictional counterparts (ie the jackson 5 = the campbell connection, marvin gaye = jimmy early), and just to watch the progression of the characters as the story goes along.
I wouldn’t call Dreamgirls a bad movie, but it isn’t stellar either. It’s just good enough that you don’t feel cheated of your hard earned money, like after watching a movie like ghost rider.