Burlesque: The return of the movie-musical! (by iheart_ny)
When I originally heard of the concept for Steven Antin's Burlesque, a movie musical starring pop phenom Christina Aguilera and the legendary Cher, I was, if you could believe it, less than enthusiastic. I was under the assumption that this film would be not just bad, but god awful. Recalling horrid pop star film debuts ex. Mariah Carey in the depressingly hollow Glitter, Britney Spears in the mind-numbing Crossroads I thought I was in for a cinematic train wreck of epic proportions. And I'm happy to tell you today, that I couldn't have been more wrong.First of all, what makes <more>
Burlesque unlike Glitter and Crossroads is its aesthetics. Christina Aguilera's strong voice is enough to carry a film, as it turns out. However, Burlesque has more to fall back on. Cher plays Tess, Aguilera's character's boss and mentor. She can make any film excellent. Secondly, this film is a musical, also unlike Glitter and Crossroads. It shoots for being something of a hybrid between Cabaret and Chicago, and doesn't completely fail. Thirdly, this film has an outstanding supporting cast, including the always great Stanley Tucci, Grey's Anatomy vet Eric Dane, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet, and Alan Cumming, and these folks bring enough liveliness to save even the worst film, but here, they only add to the fun and excitement.The story is really nothing new. Small-town girl Ali Aguilera leaves her job as an Iowan waitress, and heads for the big lights of Los Angeles. She stumbles upon a burlesque club run by Tess Cher , starts working her way up, and eventually becomes the main attraction, with her intense vocal range and elaborate interpretations of dance numbers, which turns out to be a godsend for Tess, who is about to lose her club. She starts living with the charismatic and sexy bartender Jack Cam Gigandet , after her apartment gets robbed. Romance ensues, and things go from there.Cliché, right? It's been done before, right? Right. There isn't a section of this film that isn't even a little bit corny. But, that's not to say it's not a load of fun. I'm sorry, Harry Potter, Burlesque is the film event of the Thanksgiving holiday. Christina Aguilera isn't a fantastic actress, but she's better than you would expect her to be, and her song-and-dance numbers, obviously, are fantastic, as one would expect.She and Cher have fantastic chemistry, as well as Cher and Stanley Tucci. All of these actors blend together so well, that they seem to compliment each other, enhancing each performance. And, I was rather disappointed to see that Cher only sang two out of the film's ten musical numbers, but it's safe to say that that's not enough, considering that she can still belt the hell out of these songs. However, Cher's obvious plastic surgeries don't help her performance, considering that her face barely moves throughout the entire picture, but she's still able to pull this role off, somehow.Steven Antin is a director whom I've never heard of, however, I was fairly impressed. The film is directed with impeccable taste, and the writing is very quick and clever, and humorous, even when a little corny.However, what really saves Burlesque in the end is its elaborate song- and-dance numbers. Soon after the movie begins, you know what kind of film you're in for. Even as cliché after cliché presents themselves, Burlesque has enough razzle-dazzle magic to outweigh its faults, and to leave you dancing in the aisles as you leave this film.
Burlesque, starring the fabulous Cher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, and Alan Cummings, is without question the musical of the year! Now sure, there's not much competition. As a matter of fact, I'm failing at coming up with even one other musical from 2010, but that's beside the point. This is a quality musical!One of the major failures that modern musicals have suffered from is an inability to truly entertain the audience aka the fun factor. Burlesque embraces the fun, and even delivers on the wow factor in several of many balls to the wall dance <more>
numbers. There is no holding back on these performances. The success is the film's ability to go completely over the top in these sequences, yet pull back in the moments that call for it. It's a tricky balancing act that a lot of similar films have not been able to manage. They usually end up going the campy route see Showgirls or play it safe and deliver a snooze fest see Glitter . Cher may be the big name in this movie, and she's great, but it's Cher. You know what to expect. The real surprise of Burlesque is Kristen Bell as Nikki. Just as Kristen Bell is not exactly the star of this show, Nikki finds herself left of center stage at The Burlesque Lounge. You get the sense that Nikki is completely aware of her destiny as a "never was", but she's going to make sure you know she's not happy about it.The only place the film is really lacking is in its script. There's some PG-13 level romance that never connects to the audience, and really only distracts from what we really want to see - great music and great dancing. Plus, the dialog is pretty stale, the kind of one-liners you'll hear on The Disney Channel. The exceptions here being Cher and Tucci, who sometimes feel like they brought in their own team of writers to handle the characters of Tess and Sean.Burlesque also marks the film debut of singer Christina Aguilera.
This movie was beyond anything i could have ever expected. Christina really pulled it off and Cher she was amazing as always. Saw it today and I went out and bought the sound track. The music is great! This is a movie i will buy when it comes out on Blu-Ray. Hurray! The story is very simple and that is a good thing. The writer did not over do it with drama and was able to focus on the characters and the music. I was so surprised when I saw that Christina can not only sing and dance her pants off but she can actually act. The best part of this movie is the music. This is my new favorite movie. <more>
I went into the movie after getting up on Black Friday at 5am and i exited the theater in a great mood and with tons of energy.
If you wait out the first 7 minutes of cliché small town girl heads for the big city, you will experience a glorious musical with Cher and Christina Aguilera. Set on the Sunset Strip, Burlesque is the frisky flight of fantasy of writer/director Steve Antin whose previous claim to fame was the jock jerk in "Goonies" .There are some singer/actors that transcend their medium and undoubtedly Cher is one. Flawless at every point in the film Cher is memorizing in every scene she's in and in every song she sings.Christina Aguilera is astonishing as the ingénue turned star that <more>
demands attention through her character's pure heart and talent. I note early in this review that this is a flight of fantasy, because there are no scenes where Ali develops her talent for dancing and singing -- she starts and ends the film as talent personified. Having been a student at UCLA, I know all too well that talent and recognition are not compulsory companions. Burlesque is in the same vein of a Gary Marshall film "Pretty Woman" , but sexier and sometimes smoking hot.Much of the sexual heat comes from Ms. Aguilera's on screen relationship with Cam Gigandet, who portrays Jack the lead bartender at Burlesque . In a star making performance, Mr. Gigandet is more than just eye-candy for the divas; he is Ryan Phillippe in "Cruel Intentions", sexy, cool, smart, and a man anyone would long to wake up to and few other men could compete with.The supporting cast, most notably Stanley Tucci, is superb. Mr. Tucci consistently steels the screen film-after-film. I fear that much of Alan Cummings' performance was left on the cutting room floor. However, Mr. Antin leaves in one comic stage performance from Mr. Cummings that adds some levity to the film.Mr. Antin lends a steady hand from scene-to-scene and paces the film well at 100 minutes. The music and choreography are perfect at every turn.Trust me. Drink this film in like champagne, and try not to worry if it's real wine or not, because you will feel like continuing the celebration after the last credit rolls.
I wouldn't consider myself a fan of musicals. I found Burlesque to be very entertaining. Christina Aguilera was excellent as was the rest of the cast. The story moved along so you didn't feel like it was song after song like most made for the theater musicals. . I don't think I have enjoyed a movie as much as Burlesque in a long time. The crowd often would applaud or hoot after each number. And surprisingly, there were tons of LOL moments. If you have the slightest thoughts that you might like this movie, take a chance with this one. Burlesque was worth the full admission and <more>
A Tour De Force, Visually Spectacular Movie Musical (by or226758)
"Burlesque" is probably the most compelling contemporary movie musical that I have ever seen; the score, acting, costumes, and cinematography were executed, impeccably.The film commences in rural Iowa, where we are first introduced to the film's protagonist, Ali Marilyn Rose, played by Christina Aguilera. The seemingly idealistic and ambitious Ali is determined to leave Iowa and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After countless deliberation, Ali decides that moving to Los Angeles would presumably promote the advancement of her career, greatly. So, the diminutive Ali <more>
packs the relatively little belongings she owns, and heads to Los Angeles, optimistically, anticipating that numerous opportunities await her. Upon arriving to Hollywood, Ali is beset with financial and professional difficulties that unnerve her; she conducts an assiduous search for various jobs, ranging from dancing to bartending, and is ultimately unsuccessful. Inadvertently, a despondent Ali stumbles across "The Burlesque Lounge" and is instantly intrigued. She curiously enters the establishment and is engaged, immediately, by a coterie of dancers performing to a classic jazz number. She becomes completely enraptured, however, when Tess, the proprietor of The Burlesque Lounge, played by Cher, performs a musical number. Now intent on performing at the lounge, Ali accosts a bartender named Jack, played by Cam Gigandet, and expresses her interest in possibly working at the club as a dancer and singer. Jack instructs her to solicit Tess for the aforementioned position. Brazenly, Ali goes backstage, encounters Tess, and indiscriminately mentions that she is interested in working at the club. Tess, taken aback by Ali's audacity, prompts her to state her credentials. Ali hesitatingly admits that she has an inherent predilection for singing and dancing, albeit no formal training, whatsoever. Tess then appraises Ali, dubiously, and proceeds to prepare the dancers' costumes for an upcoming musical number. Determined, Ali approaches the production manager, Sean, played by Stanley Tucci, and asks him to be hired, stating that she would be an incredible asset to "The Burlesque Lounge." Sean informs her that they are not actively seeking to employ any additional dancers. He admires Ali for her zeal and ostensibly attributes his inability to hire her to bad timing. Desperate, Ali unabashedly opts to temporarily assist Jack with bartending duties until the club holds its next audition. Unsurprisingly, Ali auditions and Tess begrudgingly agrees to hire her as a full time dancer. This angers the troubled, intractable, Nikki, played by Kristen Bell, who considers both Tess and Sean impetuous for hiring a fledgling singer/dancer. Ultimately, Ali is venerated and recognized for her vocal talents. Not only does she restore credibility to the once ailing Burlesque Lounge, but she is also credited for being seminal in the decision to make musical performances at the club live.Simultaneously, Tess and her husband Vince, played by Peter Gallagher, are on the brink of financial ruin, and subsequently may be forced to shut the club down, permanently. An astute, cunning businessman, Marcus, played by Eric Dane, approaches Tess and offers to buy both her and Vince's shares of the club, presumably to ensure that it stays open. However, deviously, Marcus intends to destroy the club, and build luxury high-rise apartments in its place. Tess refuses to sell her shares, even under pressure from her ex-husband, Vince, which precludes Marcus from following through with his plan.This is a tour de force film with incredible characterization; Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, and Cam Gigandet delivered convincing, compelling performances. Christina Aguilera in particular surprised me with her emotional scope and comedic timing. This successful musician will definitely be inundated with numerous film offers after the premiere of this film; she has the potential to be a very successful actress.The musical numbers and choreography were spellbinding and entertaining, essentially similar to performances in the movies "Chicago," "Moulin Rouge," and "Chicago." Christina Aguilera and Cher round out the soundtrack with ten songs total-Aguilera co-wrote three original songs and performed five classics, while Cher sings two original songs.Visually, the film is stunning; Steven Antin worked closely with legendary director of photography, Bojan Bozelli, to achieve a chiaroscuro effect, which created for mesmerizing color and imagery. The costumes were also incredibly intricate and tailored for each performer, individually.Burlesque exceeded my expectations. The only reservation I had with the film was the derivative, trite on-screen romance sub-plot between Ali and Jack; it detracts from the amazing performances in the film. With the exception of the latter, though, it is an excellent production that will undoubtedly impress and entertain audiences.
I can easily summarize this film into short sentences. This film has everything, everything but a plot that is. What you should expect from Burlesque is almost two hours of high powered entertainment. Burlesque is just that, entertaining. If you are going to this film to witness a great storyline unfold don't go see this film. However, if you want to be entertained with great vocals from Christina Aguilera and Cher in addition to great acting from Peter Gallagher, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cummings, and again Cher then this film is a must see. I must say prior to the screening that I attended, <more>
I was very apprehensive that I was going to see a product that resembled a "Nine" / "Coyote Ugly" blend of a film, but I was certainly wrong. Burlesque holds itself above the rest of the films in its category. The film obviously cost a lot to produce and I believe that the money was well spent. Cher's performance was excellent. Say what you want about the person, but the actress conveys a confidence level in front of the camera as though she has done this a hundred times. Stanley Tucci is also quite merit worthy in this film. His performance in "Lovely Bones" is still haunting and his role as Cher's right-hand gay best friend/costume designer in this film just shows what incredible range this actor has. The costume design, casting, choreography and set design for this film are also worthy of mention. You can count on this film definitely being nominated in the Best Film in Comedy or Musical category for the Golden Globes in December. This film will also do incredibly well at the box office. I would have no problem watching this film again.
Burlesque : Very good for that kind of movie (by phane)
So, it's a movie about a lounge with signers and dancers. It's not a musical, but you expect to see dancing, sexy and songs. Burlesque delivers on all account, it's sexy without being naked, it's fun, the music is great.I don't know why so many reviewers here say that Christina Aguilera is a bad actress, she gave quite a decent performance considering that, well, she is not an actress. And while Cher is not on the screen all the time, she is fantastic. For a woman in her sixties, wow...The movie made me buy the soundtrack, Christina know how to sing and she is very good.As <more>
for the background stories lounge on the verge of closing, love interest , they are there to give the movie some meaning but are not overly invading on the main content witch is signing and dancing. Those background stories are were the movie lost my 2 points, because you don't quite feel the urgency, stress of Tess money problems, everything runs like there is no problem at all.All in all, it's a good, entertaining movie. It's gonna be in my blu-ray collection, just for the music and dancing alone.
High octane, fast paced musical is super fun, even if it's not a masterpiece (by Dragoneyed363)
I, unlike a lot of people in lieu to it's box office results, really wanted to see Burlesque. I am not necessarily a Christina Aguilera fan, though she has made a lot of songs I like, same deal for Cher, and though the movie did not seem like it would be a 10/10, it looked insanely fun for my tastes and I had been invited by my friend and her mom to go see it with them. We were all fairly excited, after seeing the previews and hearing of what reception it did get from audiences was generally well perceived, and, directly after it was over, were pleased to admit that all three of us really <more>
enjoyed it and were not disappointed.There is not really many downsides to this movie, in my honest opinion, that can not be made up for with other material. For example: The songs, while not all are memorable, make the movie ultimately more enjoyable, and have some nice choreography to the dances that were made for them. "Show Me How to Burlesque" is my favorite song, with Cher's "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" and another song, that incongruently and infuriatingly is not listed in the soundtrack titles on here, and did not have a really huge part in the movie other than it being my favorite dance sequence, besides "Show Me How to Burlesque", being two other very catchy songs in the movie, as well. The others felt like they were there merely to fill time, because I personally did not find them that special.There's not really any brand new, awesome material, but it really is much better than people would expect in terms of entertainment and professionalism. Christina Aguilera has got some pipes. Whether you like her vocals or not, she can hit and hold a note, and she really is not that bad of an actress. She wasn't in this film, at least, and while we are at it, neither was Cher; both gave pretty believable and likable performances. Everyone gave a likable performance both acting and music wise, especially my man candy Cam Gigandet. You could grate cheese on that boy's body. There is a nice touch of comedy here and there from Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, and a very cute and well done scene between Aguilera and Gigandet that involves a nice shot of Gigandet's bottom and another mishap in that scene that will make anyone crave "the box of cookies" at that exact moment. I love Cam Gigandet. Moving on, another aspect is the movie has got excellent, sparkly costumes during some flashy, risqué sequences that could possibly make anyone have a seizure who was not thoroughly prepared. Another of my favorite things is it has got beautiful, and I mean beautiful lighting, and wonderful make-up in many scenes making the actors, actresses and settings look picturesque and crisp. Steve Antin, while not an amazing director, does a very nice job, and does an even better job with the writing, even if the script is not Oscar worthy. Like I have said, it is not going to be held in cinema history as the next Casablanca, or Godfather, few movies are nowadays, but this was an enjoyable experience for many reasons and I encourage anyone who thinks they can handle it for what it is to see it.