It is by far the film's most riveting scene—the one moment, in this musical about music, when a song really grips your emotions.
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is an amazing piece of music, which will be blowing back listeners' ears long after Jennifer Hudson marches off with her inevitable Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Even Judy Garland's most iconic on-screen ballad performances seem small compared with the last lingering shot of Hudson, the camera whirling overhead as she blasts out a final "You're gonna love me!"
the greatness of the song is the transcendence it offers, to those who know Effie's pain firsthand, and to everyone else. Hudson's voice booms, huge and bright, rippling with grief but bringing ecstasy. At the screening I saw, the audience gasped and applauded throughout the song, a first in my movie-going experience. "No, no, no, no," Hudson sings. Sitting in a darkened theater, you want to cry, "Yes, yes, yes."
Meanwhile, The Carpetbagger thinks the LA Times's hyping of the film (here, here, here, here) has something to do with the fact that David Geffen, the film's co-producer, might soon become the paper's owner.
And, naturally, some people don't even think Dreamgirls is a very good film.