Beyonce can’t fulfill her acting dreams

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Beyoncé Knowles in Dreamgirls film

Directed by: Bill Condon
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles

1 star

After watching Beyoncé Knowles suck in Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Pink Panther, it’s safe to assume many people had low expectations for Knowles’ latest flick, Dreamgirls.

They should’ve lowered their expectations even more.

With a cast including Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx, you might think Dreamgirls couldn’t be a complete flop. And though Knowles is nowhere near Oscar-worthy, there is no denying the girl can sing. However, stellar singing can’t save this movie.

The movie follows the rise and fall of a female soul trio called The Dreams as their hits slowly climb the pop charts during the early ’60s.

Trouble starts when The Dreams, originally backup vocalists for Jimmy Early (Eddie Murphy), embark on their own career. Though Effie (Jennifer Hudson) is known as the “one with the voice,” Deena (Knowles) steals the spotlight " and Effie’s beau " with flawless maneuvering.

Sounds an awful lot like Destiny’s Child, doesn’t it? The only difference is Knowles is also screwing the band’s manager (Jamie Foxx). If this was real life, it wouldn’t just be backstabbing, it would be incestual.

Dreamgirls’ aesthetics are amazing. The costumes, makeup, and hair designs are a stunningly accurate reflection of the time period. However, a lack of dialogue and interesting content ruins the film. Dreamgirls is filled with cheesy musical sequences instead of strong acting.

If the surprise musical aspect " songs sung outside the group’s actual songs " doesn’t make you want to vacate the theatre, the parallels between Knowles’ character and herself might make you hurl into your over-priced, over-sized popcorn.

If you assumed Knowles would blossom in a role so similar to her life, you were wrong. Money can buy “the keys to a CLK Mercedes,” but word on the street is even Jay-Z can’t buy his woman a respectful acting career.

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