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Nightmare Spends The Night With DREAMGIRLS!!


Merrick here...


Nightmare wrote in with a look at a test screening DREAMGIRLS.

'Tis a long review (which we really appreciate) and the gist of it is: he loves the film, although he thinks some of its cast was underutilized, and feels that the film actually moves too quickly.

Personally, I'd rather it move too quickly than too slowly -- I prefer a film that gets the job done instead of overstaying its welcome (a bad habit many films have these days...the notion of "pacing" seems to have gone out the window, even in movies I love).

I'm really interested in this project; it hits on December 21. Which means: it's ROCKY -VS- DREAMGIRLS. The possibilities boggle the mind.


Here's Nightmare...


Went to an early preview screening tonight, something I vowed never to do again after a fucking nightmare last time when I waited for three hours for a preview of Cars and then got kicked out because I was in the wrong demographic (which is bullshit because I love Pixar).

But whatever, free popcorn and Coke made me do it. Plus my girlfriend is a musical fanatic and the flyers said the movie was a Broadway musical with big stars and it's about a girl group in the 1960s, so we knew it was going to be Dreamgirls. I don't mind musicals anyway. I saw Chicago, which was just OK. I saw Sound of Music as a kid and hated it. I did like Willy Wonka as a kid. And I liked 8 Mile, if you call that a musical? My girlfriend made me see Rent, a total POS which she loved.

Anyway, the screening was at the Pacific Gaslamp multiplex here in San Diego. Packed house and everybody was buzzing and cheered when we were told we were seeing Dreamgirls, so a lot of people know more about it than I did. They said we were the first to see the movie blah blah blah and the movie wasn't finished and could have technical problems that would be fixed later. It was true, there were sound problems where the dialog would crackle and cut out at one point in the movie.

If you asked me before what I was going to think of this movie, I would have guessed it was going to be just OK, but my girlfriend was going to love it.

So much for my predictions. I tell you man, this movie is FUCKING AMAZING. Definitely the best I've seen for a long, long time.

I loved this movie, and the whole audience there went completely bananas for it. I saw the trailer probably six months ago but didn't have a feeling one way or the other about it. I didn't have any idea it was going to be as good as it is.

The audience clapped after every song, we clapped for the characters, and during the big musical numbers we were cheering and yelling out. It was like being at a concert, a lot of fun. And at the end of the movie after the credits people yelled out "MORE!" You ask anybody at the screening and theyll tell you this happened. Amazing for a preview, I've never seen that happen.

The opening of the movie is great as we go suddenly into the world of live music and lights and sound. The music is unbelievable! It pumps you up every time a song comes on. The story is simple: three girls (Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and one other) get a gig as back-up singers to Eddie Murphy's character who is kind of a James Brown (everybody around us was saying this was the story of the Supremes, but this is obviously fictional. I don't know much about the Supremes, so maybe there are some truths to the story.) One of the girls is chunkier than the others and gets kicked out of the group, even though she's the lead singer and has this amazing voice - obviously that's Jennifer Hudson.

I admit I actually used to watch American Idol. So shes fired by Jamie Foxx who is really the bad guy in this for a change, a sleazy record company guy who is playing off Jennifer Hudson against Beyonce, who he starts sleeping with (we don't see this but it's no secret he's cheating on Jennifer Hudson.) Beyonce becomes the huge star and lead singer and Jennifer Hudson is left in the dust. I won't tell you the rest of the story although this is a film of a musical so obviously some people will already know what happens (I had never heard of Dreamgirls the musical by the way). I'll just say Jennifer Hudson isn't out of the story for long.

So the movie starts at a concert and the music is pumping from the beginning and I have to say it's GREAT music. We will defnitely be getting the CD. There are uptempo songs that Eddie Murphy sings (he's come a long way with his singing by the way. Remember Party All The Time lol). Eddie's songs are very catchy. Then the most incredible part of the movie is when Jennifer Hudson and the girls have this vicious catfight (not physically but in a song, but it's intense, one of the best acting scenes I can remember seeing for a long time in a movie) and then she sings this song that I won't even describe. The whole crowd in the theater was cheering and then people were standing up after the song. I have never seen a musical with songs that get the crowd so pumped up. Then when Beyonce becomes the big star she has her own songs, which are also great songs (not at all like her usual radio stuff, by the way)

In terms of the actors, Eddie Murphy is hilarious as he and the girls go on tour at the beginning and he gets it on with the third girl, who is also hilarious, by the way. You could tell the audience loved her character. Then Eddie's character takes a nosedive into drugs and the whole record company (which is like Motown) goes to pieces in the 70s. Then disco arrives, which is also very funny.

There are so many funny scenes I can't remember them all. But Eddie is also incredible as a dramatic actor and it all gets quite dark. This is a complete return to form for Eddie. He will get an Oscar for this, and so will Jennifer Hudson. Even Beyonce is great in this - believe me.

Beyonce is not at all like Beyonce, by the way. She plays a small part at first (I didn't actually know it was her) until she becomes the lead singer, and then she's like this glamour queen but not in a Beyonce/Destiny's Child way, more of like a black Marilyn Monroe. She has dramatic scenes and it was like with Eddie Murphy: you don't see it coming and suddenly she's acting very well in these heavy scenes. I am very critical and her acting is excellent. And Jennifer Hudson is absolutely Academy-Award level.

One thing I would criticize about the movie was that there were some characters who should have had more scenes, because sometimes just when you're getting interested in a character they disappear. Like Danny Glover is the best example of that. I've never really thought of him as the best actor in the world but in this hes excellent! But his part's too small for him to get noticed (if he had more scenes I would say he would be nominated for an Oscar for supporting role). He plays Eddie's manager and he and Jamie Fox have a big falling out scene where they're fighting over who represent Eddie.

The movie is nonstop, VERY fast paced. It takes you through the 60s with racial riots and Martin Luther King, then disco as I said and so many types of music. If you're into music at all you have to see this movie.

The camerawork and lighting and editing is one of the best parts about the movie. You just want to keep looking at all these images.

So that's it, there's a LOT in this movie so I want to see it again. If anything the story probably moved almost too fast. The movie could have been a few minutes longer to spend more time on things. It all went by very quickly.

My girlfriend of course went crazy during this movie and was actually the one who wanted me to send in a review because she wants everybody to see it. I would rate this 10 out of 10 and is probably the best movie I've seen in a couple of years.

We couldn't believe how much we got into this movie and the music. Everybody was tapping their feet and laughing and cheering. They handed comment cards at the end and I would say all the scores would have to be very high. At the end of the movie the whole crowd was applauding for a long time and they had this part when the credits were on where they had clips from all the different actors, and everybody clapped like crazy for each actor and then screamed nonstop when Jennifer Hudson came on.

Sorry I'm tired I just got home and we went for drinks after and now I'm writing all of this, so it's long and probably all over the place, sorry. If you post this review call me Nightmare. Definitely see the movie when it comes out.




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  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST

    senate majority leader!

    by newc0253

    frist!

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST

    also, the review brings to mind led zepplin's singer

    by newc0253

    plant!

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    If this movie doesn't qualify as a POS...

    by Stollentroll

    ...what does?

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Beyonce is on her way out....

    by Mr. Profit

    After that shiteous video for Deja Vu where she is acting like a Black Margot Kidder budding out, she will obviously fall off. I'm glad to hear Hudson does an amazing job. Good for her.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    ROCKY BALBOA vs. DREAMGIRLS...hummm

    by ABking

    I really want to see this movie. It looks good and has a great cast - especially Eddie Murphy. Having said that...ROCKY BALBOA is gonna own DREAMGIRLS ass over the X-MAS weekend although I'm sure DREAMGIRLS will do well too! Let the battle begin...

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Wow um... really?

    by Bean_

    Cause this movie looks like a piece of shit.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I hope Eddie makes more of these, less Nutty Dolittles.

    by Lance Rock

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    What, no cries of

    by Mechasheeva

    plant! yet? At least it doesn't seem to have Cuba Gooding Jr. in it . . .

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    DreamHibiscus

    by El Cimarron

    cmon really... so you're saying everyone and everything pretty much in the flick is oscar level? the best movie in the last couple of years? the music is so great you'll get the CD? so many funny scenes? so many good dramatic scenes? Beyonce not like Beyonce (since everyone pretty much hates her) camera work and lighting and editing (!) the best parts of the movie? are you even listening to yourself? no, probably not and you're outside getting some sun for photosyntesis. If this is not a plant I dont know what it is. "we don't believe you, you need more people"

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Plant or not?

    by jello1235

    I'm sorry, that review was obviously a plant at first, but they were giving away what seemed to be massive spoilers. Now I'm confused...are the studios getting smarter about their plants or are the consumers just becoming more positive?

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    WATCH THIS SPACE...

    by DoubleFantasy

    www.thejournalofemirenfield.com

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Smarter??

    by SuckLeTrou

    This reads like it was written by a 6 year old, and would probably only convince a 6 year old. I've never screamed plant before, but this is so obvious I can believe it was put up.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:04 a.m. CST

    The "Other Girl" is...

    by BastardBoy

    the fantastic Anika Noni Rose who won a Tony Award in 2003 for Caroline, Or Change. Her only other film credit I know of is From Justin To Kelly.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I dunno that it's a PLANT...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...cos the guy sounds like he's got a personality, and plant reviews usually read like shopping lists. But how come the reviewer we accuse of being a plant never speaks up on the Talkback? I've only seen it happen twice.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Sounds shit...

    by abiggerboat

    ...Rocky will kill it. Standard.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Doesn't Tamala seem like a girl's name?

    by Borgnine JR

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    "The problem with this movie is...

    by barkalounger

    it's just too great." I call plantanigans.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    If you post this review call me NIGHTMARE

    by Seabarge

    I believe the man wished to be called Nightmare. Where did Tamala come from Merrick?

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Plant

    by fiester

    So leafy and green.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    This review is a plant because...

    by Seabarge

    The film is over 2 1/2 hours long, which will be the biggest obstacle in marketing this film...especially considering its demographic is the urban crowd. Here's what gave it away: "So that's it, there's a LOT in this movie so I want to see it again. If anything the story probably moved almost too fast. The movie could have been a few minutes longer to spend more time on things. It all went by very quickly."

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Does sound like a plant

    by Z0D

    The simplicity of the english used to write this review is laughable. Anything with a name of 'Dreamgirls' gives it the tag of 'oh look at me I'm Paris Fucking Hilton'. This movie is crap. Damn pop-cult shit. ___KNEEL___

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Fern

    by timbal339

    This review needs to be watered and placed in an area with plenty of sunlight.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST

    "the guy sounds like he's got a personality"

    by newc0253

    no, the guy writes and sounds like a 15 year old coming off of ritalin: "it was really cool. and then this happened. and this happened. and the audience cheered! my girlfriend thought it was awesome", etc. I reckon the studios have become so lazy, instead of getting their production assistants to fake glowing reviews, they just grab some kids and ask them to write something instead.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Like Any Of You Racist Talkbackers Care....

    by utz_world

    ...about a film with Black people in it? I'm surprised you guys haven't piled on the "Beyonce is fat" jokes yet! I betcha this film is just as good as this reviewer says. Fuckin trolls!

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    i also feel...

    by occula

    ...that an occasional pruning and fertilizing would be appropriate.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    IGNORE ME!!!

    by -guyinthebackrow

    To me this guy sounds a lot more like a fruit and less like a plant. I'm just saying. Plus, I like how he makes mention of his "girlfriend". Yeah... right... sure... Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Just a little water, sunlight, miracle grow....

    by exie

    ...and this plant will grow up to be big and healthy. I also want to see the reviewer show up in these talkbacks when he's accused of being an orchid. First off, no guy who hates musicals would react this way to Dreamgirls. I think the Sunflower tried too hard to build up cred with us geeks by bashing musicals his "girlfriend" loved, but saying you thought Chicago was so so exposed you big time. You can't like Dreamgirls and not like Chicago. Trust me.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Beyonce's not fat.

    by KarmicRelief

    I'm pretty sure it was just the harness.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Tamala...Nightmare...Merrick just got a little confused

    by Sizable Newt

    They sound so much alike obviously. I'm just saying. "Eddie Murphy will get an Oscar for this..." Yes you must have been drinking that night Nightmala.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Guide To Knowing Your Plants

    by Puck Stuckee

    There is no chance people clapped and cheered at the screening. I've been to plenty of 'em, and NEVER has a person cheered for a movie. I saw Back to the Future at a screener when I was twelve. It got polite applause. I even had execs come up to me and my best friend to ask us what we thought. And I quote, "I was kinda confused." Guess what? They edited it down so the time travel wasn't so confusing. Remember, if a review mentions "Oscar" or "award season", immediately assume plantage. People that get to see a free screening are thinking one thing: "Shit, I just saved $20. Time for some $0.99 tacos at Jack in the Crack," not "Wow, that film really moved me."

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck you

    by Nightmare000

    You can call me whatever you want and insult me. I was tired and I'd had a drink so my writing wasn't at its best. I'm not backing down, I loved this movie. You can say whatever you want, the fact is that this movie is amazing. And I didn't like Chicago especially (it was OK) but I loved this, so don't tell me what I like and what I don't. The music in this was MUCH better and it's just a much better movie. Next time I'll just keep it to myself.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Tamala

    by Nightmare000

    And I don't know who Tamala is.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    The PLANT has emerged!!!

    by Sizable Newt

    He's reaching for sunlight!!

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Just what a plant would say...

    by Puck Stuckee

    Somebody reverse-IP this dork. I'd bet serious cash it comes up Hollywood. Shocker.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Watching this movie just for

    by messi

    Eddie Murphy's haircut. Seriously. Black. total blaxploitation.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    David Poland just cremaed his pants.

    by LordEnigma

    If he reads it again. He might screw up his entire refactoury period! I still have very little interest in this film and can see it making RENT money.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Cheering

    by Nightmare000

    A guy above said nobody cheers at test previews. I agree, that never happens. But it FUCKING HAPPENED AT THIS!! Have another person who was at this screening last night do another review, and THEY WILL TELL YOU EVERYBODY CHEERED. Not just after the movie but DURING The movie. I'm tired of having to prove myself. Believe me or don't whatver, but they cheered.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Rent was a piece of shit

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    And all my friends love it. Nobody brings it up anymore because they all get pissed when I point out all its flaws. Like the horrible structure and pacing. And the fact that it has no plot. And everything else that's wrong with it. I fucking hate that movie.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Oh, by the way...

    by Puck Stuckee

    Change your name for the next plant. You'll want to keep us guessing. How about Nightmare001?

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Puck Stuckee

    by messi

    i've been to various screenings that got a round of applause. doesn't mean it's a plant.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Look!

    by Sizable Newt

    Its trying to think!

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    He found the Caps Lock...

    by Puck Stuckee

    Repeating bullshit doesn't suddenly make it true.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Messi...

    by Puck Stuckee

    It wasn't the "applause" I was questioning. It was that screeners don't usually solicit cheering.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    plant my hairy arse

    by giger167

    Must everyone who enjoys a preview screening be called a plant ? Is it not conceivable that someone actually enjoyed a movie and felt compelled to write a positive review. I am looking forward to this movie and think Jennifer Hudson is a major talent in the making. Oh and plants dont usually defend themselves in talk backs lol.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    It's the Mean Green Mutha from Outer Space!

    by exie

    It's a talking plant! Everyone scatter, it might eat you. Where's Rick Moranis when we need him?

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    PLANT!!!

    by Lost Skeleton

    Beyonce can't act and her 15 minutes are up especially with the chick (Letoya) her daddy kicked out of Destiny's Child going #1 last week. Plus that new song sucks even with Hova.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    People cheering and clapping in movie theaters

    by DeadPanWalking

    If you see any movie on opening night at the Lowes Ewok or the AMC Empire 25 (both in the middle of times square in manhattan) there will be much cheering and clapping and yelling at the scream. Even for "Little Man" and [shudders] Superman Returns (my admission). By the way, that review has square cells with no nuclei.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Scenario

    by Puck Stuckee

    I'm a senior studio exec, and need to generate buzz on a picture. So, I grab up an intern, hopefully an English major, and have him write a review in the teen-speak so many kids are fond of these days. He writes up a heavy-handed review, stating, "the movie was life-altering... blah, blah, etc." Talkbackers move in like vultures. Studio exec takes notes. Move to the next attempt, he gets another intern, but tells him to follow the boards and respond to add credibility. If it works for the Republicans (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2273111&page=1), it'll work for the studios.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Too many fucking young dumb kids on this website..

    by Super I

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Puck -

    by Mechasheeva

    that abc news link made me a little nauseous.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Nightmare000 needs pruning...

    by timbal339

    Then you can do a good wash, rinse, and repeat with some Miracle-Gro you leafy bastard.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Super I: you are dead on balls accurate.

    by Barry Egan

    The same dumb kids that kill the theater going experience also fuck up talkbacks.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Too many fucking young dumb kids on this website..

    by Super I

    .. go back to myspace where you belong. (and sorry about the post above, accidently sent it. ) Jello123 you retard.. spoilers? This is an adaptation of a Broadway musical (which i saw 14 years ago next week, actually) so there are no secrets if anyone is interested in looking. This show was ahuge hit at the time, with a couple of songs getting top 40 radio airplay at the time which rarely happens with musicals anymore. I don't know if this adaptation will be great or suck, but I can easily see a great version getting applause in the theater. And you certainly can like Dreamgirls and not like Chicago (as much). This story is (not so) loosely based on the story of the Supremes with their fat singer getting chucked and Diana Ross taking over a s lead, so lots of the music has a Motown feel to it and is much more listenable than standard Broadway fare.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    VILE WEED!

    by Dannychico

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Super I, You are an Enormous Queen

    by Puck Stuckee

    You can't possibly be defending Broadway to this crowd. Do you have a functioning synapse in your head?

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Hey puckhead

    by Super I

    I'm not defending B'way to the crowd. If Rocky vs megallon doesn't suck it will own Dreamgirls asses. But I don't go trolling on websites for things I have no knwoledge of or interest in and post on their boards. This site is rampant with ignorant assholes typing with one hand while they jerkthemsleves off to their supposed brilliance with other as they write about things of which they have no knowledge and i'm just a bit frustrated with the "noise". In the end their bullshit fucking postings are just the talkback version of spam.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Super I

    by timbal339

    Hey Super I, nice post about the youngsters fucking up this website you crusty bastard. Your geriatric ass shouldn't worry about your earlier double posting mistake; in fact, I heard Computer Learning Center has a brand new course to offer you: Intro to Computers. Enjoy.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    In that case...

    by Puck Stuckee

    Good point!

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    This site and "cool" movies:

    by Barry Egan

    Isn't ths site supposed to be for fans of movies in general and not just genre films in particular? The guys who run the site (Harry, Quint, Moriarity, etc), while clearly loving their sci fi, horror and comic book films, have championed musicals, westerns, foreign language, and documentary films since the site began a decade ago. It would be really nice for some of the people who frequent this site to actually read it and see some of these supposedly not "cool" movies. Expand your fucking horizons a bit. Seeing (and enjoying) a musical will not turn you gay. Seeing a romantic comedy won't turn you gay. Relex and little. I am very interested to see how the alleged "geek" community reacts to The Fountain. Yes it has a lot of sci fi elements to it, but it is at its core a romance. The vitriol aimed at Superman Returns seems to be because the film was more interested in thoughtful drama and less interested in mindless action. If you consider yourself a movie fan, then be a movie fan. Enjoy all types of films. After all, there is nothing more annoying to me than a movie fan with terrible taste. I work with a few. Don't be them.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    my fellow TBers

    by thebearovingian

    In the wisest of words from the wisest of men, "There is nothing new under the sun." So I find it incredibly disingenuous and ludicrous when EVERY review for a film/ test screening/ whatever declares "this has never happened before", "this is the most original idea in years", "I remember as I came out of the womb that movie was on tv in the delivery room and from that moment on I was hooked on Kubrick's art". Blah blah blah...blah blah...blah. LAUS DEO

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 4:01 p.m. CST

    You all will eat crow!

    by nycguy

    Just wait, you haters will all be kissing our ass when this comes out. Dreamgirls will be the bomb. If you know the original musical, you know it is an oscar caliber story. Bill Condon is a certified 'geek-level' director and I'm sure he's gonna do right by this.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Wow, I've never accused a reviewer of being a PLANT.

    by Arche Logos

    But man this sure sounded like one. Don't get me wrong I can see that this Nighmare guy maybe was at a screening with a bunch of Beyonce fans and maybe its all true, especially after a 5th of vodka, but DAMN man this sure read like something an intern in a studio marketing department would write.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Beyonce's character darker skinned....

    by Mr. Profit

    In the musical? Typical Hollywood bull. Make the lead girl light skinned out of fear that the movie won't sell with someone darker. Heather Headley is FAR more talented than Beyonce and has a Tony award. Why wasn't she here?

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    has everyone taken crazy pills?

    by occula

    there are now like 5 plantalicious reviews of this film on this website. i mean, i'm sure it's great fun, just like chicago, but jesus christ, it's not going to alter the space-time continuum like all those 'reviewers' seem to think. the only eddie murphy film in history to do that is bowfinger.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 5:57 p.m. CST

    oh, wait, sorry

    by occula

    and 'coming to america.' i forgot how the earth stops in its rotation every time i watch that movie. but that may have more to do with all the soul-glo than with eddie murphy.

  • Aug. 11, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Plant or no perspective?

    by Tar Heel

    I'm suspicious of any anonymous gushing reviews because I don't know the experience or tastes of the reviewer (other than the Chicago comment). How many movies do you see a year? What's your definition of a good movie musical? Give us some perspective, otherwise you sound like a filmgoing novice who's just seen the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE IN ALL OF CREATION!!!!!

  • Aug. 12, 2006, 1:30 a.m. CST

    And I Am Telling You

    by Plum

    The song that the reviewer describes as getting some people to stand had EVERYONE standing in the theatre in the original production. I have a bootleg recording of it being sung on Opening Night and the cheering is incredible, so yeah, I can believe that with a good performance it can prompt a few people to stand, even onscreen. I don't necessarily trust reviewers here, but I do trust in Bill Condon. And hey, I liked the obscure Anika Noni Rose shoutout. So I'll deaden my skepticism about the reviews for now.

  • Aug. 12, 2006, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Fucking Nimrods

    by DaKnifeOrDaGun

    1) If you know nothing about the background of this movie then shut the fuck up and just wait until it's release date. The audience appeal is larger than it's "urban base". 2) The buzz on this movie is Oscar and it won high praise at the Cannes festival. Personally, if it sucks, it sucks but all most of you every do is cry plant plant every time a preview comes out, what's the damn point of this process?

  • Aug. 13, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    kudos to Barry Egan

    by SeattleBuff

    Egan was spot on in his comments about this talk back. AICN should be a serious consideration of all genres. And one word about musicals...Hollywood has NEVER made a movie that has grossed more than one of the modern major stage hits. PHANTOM, CATS, LES MIZ, LION KING, MAMMA MIA, etc., have INDIVIDUALLY made more than TITANIC. It's a genre that Hollywood needs to relearn how to exploit to their advantage. And for those who have never experienced it in NYC, nor have bothered to appreciate the genre from classic movies from the past...i guess you'll never "get it." You'll always have sci-fi to keep you going.

  • Aug. 13, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I Think People Keep Calling This Review A Plant . .

    by kevinwillis.net

    Because it obviously is one. It's not that it's a musical or that it it's urban (or not), and it doesn't matter whether or not it's the GREATEST FILM EVER . . . this review reads almost exactly like a plant. It's the review that is being criticized as a plant (which it sure sounds like, and the defense Nightmare000 has managed thus far would only seem to comfirm this review's green, leafy goodness). But I'm sure Dreamgirls will be all cool and stuff, and this review probably just sounds like an incredibly obvious plant because the reviewer has no clue how to write a substantive review of anything. Or he's a plant. If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck . . . it must be a plant.

  • Aug. 14, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST

    STOP! in the name of plants

    by TheBaxter

    before you break a leaf