January 2, 2011 at 11:22 AM | Posted in !Film reviews! | Leave a comment


Released: November 24, 2010
Running time: 119 minutes
Category: Musical, romantic drama

With: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci a.o.

Ali Rose is a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that’s still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer, Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack and incurs the wrath of the club’s cattiest showgirl, Nikki. After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager and the club’s playfully androgynous host, Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms.

This movie was quite awesome I must say, Christina Aguilera can actually act! In her very own way ofcourse, she will never be a big name in the acting world, but she was believeable as Ali. The only thing is that I don’t see Ali there on stage performing, I only see Christina Aguilera. For me, it was like she was playing two parts, one as herself and one as the leading character. A bit of a pity, but that’s just me.
For someone who wasn’t a big fan of Cher, though, I loved her performance as Tess! I thought a woman of 64(!) could never be able to move on stage in a sexy way and still look so good while performing a very serious and emotionally packed role. I literally had goosebumps when she sang You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me, the best song of the movie and probably one of the best power ballads ever. The humour Cher brought into her part was exactly what this movie needed during all the dancing scenes and drama.
One of the best scenes was the very last one, when Ali makes up with Nikki and they all perform the last song, Show Me How You Burlesque, another great track. I couldn’t take my eyes of all those dancers. I believe the producers of this movie are in for more lovers, if you ask me.



4½ stars


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