Dream Dreams Analysis

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The Aesthetic was Magical Mr. Mistoffelees
Part of what makes DreamGirls so intoxicating is its dazzling and meticulous aesthetic. From the opening scene, everything flashes, shimmers and gleams. Elements like spinning mirrors/reflections, glitter and snapping bulbs create this sense of magic that 's used to heighten and emphasize parts of the story, entrapping the viewer. Some of the most enchanting numbers are the title song and "I 'm Not Going," of course. The Dreams ' first performance is announced over rumbling drums and harking horns, as they appear in an iconic pose under a spotlight on a rotating platform. The angle is at such a distance and the ladies are so frozen still, it 's as if they 're music box figurines. When they shuffle
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I don 't think I have to explain how magnificent the soundtrack was, but let 's go ham about it! I 've heard some traditionalists criticize DreamGirls for having minimal sung dialogue and being comprised of popular music. First, it would just be overkill to have sung lines on top of performances. Though, when it does happen, you 're given the bread of life: "Lorrell Loves Jimmy" and "This Time, Effie White 's Gonna (uh-uhh) Win (nnn)" are nothing to toy with or ignore. Second, you 'd have to be deaf (or too stuck in conventions ) to not hear the theatrics lying within the structure. These songs are mini-epics; beautiful orchestrations with intricate dynamics that fully embody their intended emotion and the specific characters performing them. Effie 's transformation is audible through "I Am Changing 's" soulful exchange of gentle touches and dramatic flourishes (I love the piano rolls). Sinister composition counters gospel and snazzy show-biz panache on "Steppin ' to the Bad Side," as C.C. takes on Curtis ' "By any means necessary" mindset to get ahead. "Listen" may have audacious lyrics, but its arrangement is light, unthreatening and facile, capturing Deena 's passive and cowardly temperament. She has all these feelings, but never has the guts to express them directly to Curtis; she exposes him under-the-table and only confronts him when she 's caught packing her bags. "Love You I Do" is joy personified. "One Night Only" is so gorgeously histrionic, you 'd think …show more content…
Unfortunately, many of the issues depicted are still relevant. For example, performers of color are still expected to make their brands palatable to the majority-white, American audience so they can "crossover" and attain high-visibility. Meanwhile, white artists are able to adopt any style they wish, and receive both acclaim and origination credit. I recently had a conversation related to this and ironically mentioned Hudson: "When white listeners explain why they love Adele, they often say it 's 'because she 's so soulful, ' but they won 't buy an album from Jazmine Sullivan, Andra Day or Jennifer

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