Oscar buzz? Are you freakin' KIDDING me?
Dave Acer and I went to see Dreamgirls yesterday and we...WALKED OUT. When's the last time you walked out on a movie? I didn't even walk out on "Glitter" - because at least Glitter was so bad it was funny. Dreamgirls, was just....boo all 'round. Solid cast. Great singing. I mean I could listen to Jennifer Hudson sing the phone book. I love hearing her sing because I'm always waiting for the part where she belts it. When she sings sweet and softly, you can almost sense the big, bold voice behind it - waiting to cut loose. That's cool.
So, with what they had to work with, the actors did just fine but.......
The story sucked ass - very linear. Nothing meaty. Bad editing. No gripping moments. Just...blah. Yawnpie. BORING!
If you've seen it...here was the straw that broke the camel's back. When (Jennifer Hudson) threatens to leave the group because she's been demoted from singing lead. She storms out of the dressing room and is followed out by one of the musicians, who proceeds to tell her in song that she can't leave because "We are family". Then one by one, the other singers gather 'round and join in the mushfest. It was such fromage, I think I heard my jaw actually unhinge.
Acer turned to me and shook his head, "I'd be okay if you wanted to leave and go look for cd's at Future Shop".
Me(re-hinging jaw): "Let's do it!"
So, out we went (dancing, because it's hard to not want to after you've seen a musical). And I bought Corrine Baile Rae, KT Tunstall and Coldplay. Which more than made up for the poopoo taste in my mouth.
But people - don't do it. Don't do Dreamgirls. It will make you sad. Then you will have to buy material things to make you feel better.