Dreamgirls, the widely anticpated film from Bill Condon starring Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx opended to critics last night in L.A. While they are not allowed to review the film yet, some reports of the screening have made their way out on the web.
David Poland of Moviecitynews.com writes,
Dreamgirls landed in Beverly Hills (and across the country) last night… and left a giant crater in the Oscar season.
The film was everything promised and more...
There isn't a bad performance in the movie. But the powerful surprise is Jennifer Hudson, who will be winning an Oscar this year, no matter what category they run her in...
Beyonce absolutely deserves a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Dreamgirls. But given the brutal fight for Best Actress slots, I don't believe she can be sure of even a nomination there. As you watch the early parts of the film, it's not real clear that she deserves Academy recognition, but she really soars in the third act with a number of sequences, particularly with her performance of a new Henry Krieger song, "Listen," done almost completely in close-up.
And again… Jennifer Hudson will have an Oscar before the end of February.
Eddie Murphy is terrific here. . .