One of the great things director Bill Condon has tapped into with this film (and with Chicago) is that inorder to avoid akward moments of seeing a stage musical on screen, is he makes each song into multiple scenes with multiple costumes, hairstyles, and unique camera shots to keep a constant level of energy through out the film musical.
When you walk away from the film, the only thing you can think of is how amazing Jennifer Hudson does in this film, former American Idol finalist deserves all the accolades she may receive as a result of her portrayl of Effie White. America may feel very silly now that they voted on Fantasia as season three's American Idol winner.
Leaving the theater all I was left wanting was Jennifer Hudson reprise of "And I'm Telling You I'm not Going." I just wanted to hear her bellow out the lines "And you, and you, and you, you're going to love me."
I think thematicly Dreamgirls makes a fun stab at the conflicting roles of selfishness, as every character seems to reveal their selfish desires, amidst the backdrop of songs like "Family" where they pretend that they are acting on behalf of eachother.
Hudson is obviously the standout performance, but the rest of the cast is very strong Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover. Keith Robinson, as Effie's brother C.C. White is potentially the weakest character. There are just many times when he is somewhat cheesy, and yet it's hard to tell if it's Robinson's portrayl of the character, or the way the character is written.