Last night was incredible. Bill Condon really did a great job, not only was the original story line still in tact but he added some layers to the second half to really make the characters and story more complete. It was truly entertaining and a wonderful ride last night. It was beautiful to watch and hear. Eveything was top notch, from the costumes to the music. Most of all the audience was very engaged with the film. We laughed, cheered, and I think I even heard a few sniffles.
The acting all around was great, the casting was definitely on spot. But the true revelation in this film is Jennifer Hudson. From the moment she walks on screen she just owns it. She is Effie through and through. If she is not nominated I will be very surprised. Eddie Murphy is another highlight in the film, he owns the scenes he's in as well and I wish I could have seen more of him in the film. Beyonce did a good job as well, her growth as an actress really showed during the second half of the film. Anika Noni rose was a joy to watch and she stole a couple of moments herself. Jamie Foxx played Curtis cool and calm but with a dark edge. I liked that approach and Jamie played it perfectly.
Overall, this is a must see. I will be in the theatre watching it again on Christmas day because one time is just not enough with this film. I could write a book but instead you can just ask me questions in the comments section.
Here are some reactions from different media outlets. We will get more through out the day so I will just keep adding to the list.
'Dreamgirls' is a dream come true — a perfect film (Golderby.com)
'Dreamgirls' Fulfills All Oscar Dreams (Fox News)
Dreamgirls Wake (moviecitynews.com)
Dreamgirls" Screened to Applause...Who Smells Oscar? (rottentomatoes.com)
In a Dazzling Adaptation, Jennifer Hudson Rockets to Fame (towelroad.com)
The Eagle Has Landed (NY Times Carpetbagger blog)
As Far As It Goes (Hollywood Elsewhere)
Effie Supreme in Her Dream Role (London Daily Mail)