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A Fun Movie For Your “Girl” and Girlfriends : Burlesque Movie Review

February 1, 2011

Gays and Girls unite!

When you talk about a movie topbilled by the likes of Cher and Christina Aguilera then you would expect a plethora of progesterones and of course our dearest “happy” community to flock the cinemas. And I was right, which made the movie fun-er to watch!

Burlesque revolves around the life of Ali  (Christina Aguilera) a small town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess (Cher) the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day.

Soon enough, Ali builds a friendship with a featured dancer (Julianne Hough), finds an enemy in a troubled jealous performer (Kristen Bell), and garners the affection of Jack (Cam Gigandet), a bartender and fellow musician. With the help of a sharp witted stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and gender-bending host (Allan Cumming). Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory.

The movie may be fun, but fun does not always equate to a great story. There are scenes that are just flat and the transition from one scene to another seem a little rough. I can’t help but compare it to other musicals, but a common problem with some musicals is jumping from the “song” scene to the normal scene. This problem is also evident in Burlesque.

There is still much room for improvement in the way they built the story around the characters. There are dragging scenes and the way to the ending of the story felt rushed and unplanned. However, Cher and Christina’s singing chops compensated the lack of sustenance to the story. If the movie’s goal is to provide an entertaining show and to showcase the voice of Cher and Christina, then they were able to meet that goal.

Christina Aguilera still needs a lot of work acting wise, but there was good chemistry between her and Cam Gigandet. The ensemble was able to work well around Christina, but as pointed out earlier, a better storyline could have made this a better film.

Overall, I still recommend this movie if you want to have fun and just be dazzled by Cher and Christina. Enjoy the dances and how Christina transforms into The Burlesque Lounge’s star. Its the perfect movie to watch with your girlfriends.

Opening across the Philippines on February 2, “Burlesque” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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