An amazing musical treat for those who love the jazz, blues and the 60's Motown music scene. But, if you're not really into these kinds of music well don't worry, after you watch this film, I'll bet you'll become a fan. The music was just spectacular. It was uplifting, it was alive, it has got the 'soul' just like James "Thunder" Early said.
I can't believe I'm even saying this but I must say, Eddie Murphy gave a fine performance was soulful singer James Early. His last great performance before he plunged into the deep dark recesses of Norbit and Meet Dave. Kudos to Jennifer Hudson too. She got a big voice and her performance here is one for the books. Its not easy singing and acting at the same time, that's a very hard task to accomplish but she did it amazingly.
If you like musicals and the blues, I suggest you go see this one.
Pretty good movie, although the tendency for the cast to break out in song when they should be arguing/talking drove me crazy.
Starring: Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy.
Usually I tend to review a film on its filmmaking qualities, such as direction, screenwriting, cinematography and acting to name a few....this film can't really be reviewed like that, so this will be a little different.
To be honest, this could have been portrayed on broadway and it would have still been a hit, but I like the way that they converted it into a film and I certainly give props to Bill Condon for creating an extremely entertaining and glamourous film, it is very much a musical, with 90% of it all in song and that is exactly what I liked about it, the fact that alot of arguements and conversations were in song and directed and written extremely well....to say the film had any depth would be incorrect, the characters and the plot are very simple and cardboard thin, but it focuses more on its musical numbers and does extremely well.
Now for the acting.....there have been alot of musical related films out there that have won Academy Awards for there actors.....you have Jamie Foxx for Ray, Reese Witherspoon for Walk The Line and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago, just to name a few....and they didn't win there Oscars because of there singing, it was because of there amazing acting range and there portrayals of there characters.....now with Jennifer Hudson winning the Oscar....I think it is the biggest mistake the Academy has ever made seeing as she hardly acted and when she did, it was nowhere near Oscar-worthy........if the Grammies had an award for "Best Musical Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture", then I would certainly give Jennifer that award, because she was truly outstanding in her singing performances, with alot of soul, emotion and attitude. And I think another mistake the Academy made was not giving Oscars to 2 songs written for the film, 'And I'm Telling You, I'm Not Going' and 'Listen', which are truly powerful and sung with powerful depth from Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson.
So overall the film is pure entertainment and very glamourous, to judge it on its filmmaking qualities is hard to do, as it could very easily have been made on Broadway and still have the same impact, but I do highly recommend it.