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Frank Longo
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19. "Like any good musical, it sweeps you up into its world."
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I do think the songs build, even if they start very emotional and go to an even higher plane.

Yes, musicals are melodramatic-- almost all of them, by nature. It's funny you mentioned Chicago below, one of the dryest least-emotional musicals of all-time (but therein lies its appeal, in its sexy cool detachment).

But it's really a pretty good show. By no means is it one of my favorite "shows", but it was done surprisingly well as a film. It's not a show I imagine lends itself to conversion to film easily, as you can tell by a few clunky transitions in the movie (there's so much "performance" of songs within the show that when they sing away from performance, it's awkward at first). But I thought it was filmed beautifully, Condon really created a nice world for those characters, and the performances were all pretty damn good. It's hard to sing those melodramatic songs with an earnestness that sucks you in the way that Hudson and Murphy and the others do.

There are parts I don't dig, sure. But overall I really enjoyed it-- one of the better movie musicals I've seen since Chicago, probably the best since Chicago. And the nature of the beast is its melodramatic delivery... but that's what most musicals are.

After all, these characters have to feel SO emotional that words no longer cut it, they need to SING. There's something intrisically corny about that, but if you give yourself over to it, it can make for a pretty terrific experience.

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I know I'll get hate, but Dreamgirls was painful. [View all] , biscuit, Sun Jun-03-07 12:38 AM
 
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Now go away.
Jun 03rd 2007
1
DTS
Jun 03rd 2007
2
THX
Jun 03rd 2007
5
      *thumbs up*
Jun 03rd 2007
6
it wasn't a good movie
Jun 03rd 2007
3
cosign
Jun 03rd 2007
4
And here's why you thought these things:
Jun 03rd 2007
7
And you liked it because?
Jun 03rd 2007
8
     
           I respect your opinion, Frank, but let's agree to disagree...
Jun 04th 2007
22
                "Chicago" had a complicated plot?
Jun 04th 2007
31
Beyonce in 60's era get-ups = Money well spent.
Jun 03rd 2007
9
It wasn't painful..
Jun 03rd 2007
10
yeah, shit was wack
Jun 03rd 2007
11
this negated your entire post:
Jun 03rd 2007
12
I loved "The Sound of Music"
Jun 03rd 2007
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      I've only seen part of "The Sound of Music"
Jun 03rd 2007
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           RE: I've only seen part of "The Sound of Music"
Jun 04th 2007
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           First: _what_ Smokey Robinson songs?
Jun 04th 2007
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           RE: First: _what_ Smokey Robinson songs?
Jun 04th 2007
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                "A Breathtaking Guy" wasn't a hit.
Jun 05th 2007
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           what he said ^
Jun 04th 2007
23
           Well then you need to UP your "musicals" watching....
Jun 04th 2007
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                I tend towards musicals...how can I say this politely...
Jun 04th 2007
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                     that's pretty limiting...
Jun 04th 2007
30
                          I said "tend towards", not "I only watch."
Jun 04th 2007
33
This isn't GD; you're safe, brother.
Jun 03rd 2007
15
ITA
Jun 04th 2007
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You know?
Jun 04th 2007
25
I agree. Worst movie I've seen in years.
Jun 04th 2007
20
You haven't seen many movies.
Jun 04th 2007
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      I have.
Jun 04th 2007
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      But did you really think it was the WORST movie in years?
Jun 04th 2007
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           Not the worst, but definitely not deserving of the Oscar nods
Jun 04th 2007
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                not even the technical awards?
Jun 04th 2007
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      lol...how do you know how many movies I've seen?
Jun 04th 2007
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           Because Dreamgirls is not THAT bad, even if you hate it.
Jun 04th 2007
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                it wasn't that bad to *YOU*, Frank
Jun 05th 2007
39
(checks watch) The official Dreamgirls backlash is only 4 months behind
Jun 04th 2007
35
some of these folks are just late. And mean.
Jun 04th 2007
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