Dreamgirls tells the story of three aspiring singers on their way to fame and fortune. The road that leads to the promised land, however, gets bumpy along the way. Hudson delivers an awesome performance. She really is crazy-good here, the kind of woman who can knock down a building by singing at it.
There are a few things that bugged me. The movie had the characters talking much more than they needed to, so all that jibber jabber just drags down the movie. The "music industry is bad" story isn't exactly breaking news, either.
The good side to this is everyone did their job at pleasing crowds. Foxx and Murphy are real pros at the whole "I can't get no satisfaction" act, and Beyoncé deserves as much praise as Hudson for taking her role in exactly the opposite direction, the small to Hudson's big. Anyone who's heard Destiny's Child knows that for her to play a singer whose voice, to quote the script, "has no personality," is a stretch — the first one she's had to make in her short film career.
Don't get up and get popcorn during Hudson's performance singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" or Beyoncé's big last song called "Listen."