First, I want to apologize for not being around here for the past month, I blame the holidays and my insane family. This does mean I have a few reviews for you to enjoy, however. I was going to post my Harry Potter review first, as I saw it the weekend it came out, but I am planning to see it again sometime this week and intend to edit it accordingly. So instead, my first review for you all shall be for “Burlesque.” I’ll be back later with one for “The Nativity Story,” just in time for Christmas!
Take two powerhouse superstars, add a “Twilight” vampire, spice it up with some racy dance moves and killer music and you have the recipe for an amazing musical experience, also known as “Burlesque.”
From the trailers the movie looked pretty simple, maybe even a little gimmicky. Cher and Christina Aguilera star in this story of a small-town girl Ali (Aguilera) who wants something more of her life and tries to find that in a hole-in-the-wall Burlesque club, run by Tess (Cher). The club is as diverse as the players inside it, including Tess’ right hand man, Sean (played to perfection by Stanley Tucci), bartender/aspiring songwriter/Ally’s love interest Jack ( Cam Gigandet, “Twilight) and the club’s drunken diva, Nikki (played by Kristen Bell, a nice reprieve from her romantic comedies). There’s also the stunt casting of Julianne Hough as Georgia, a background dancer whose character didn’t really need to be developed, and was essentially just Hough being herself.
The club is in debt and in danger of being bought out by real estate mogul Marcus (also known as Cam’s rival for Ali’s affections, played by Eric Dane). Of course Ali and Tess, having formed a bond as all lead characters in movies like this do, come up with a solution in the eleventh hour. But what the movie lacks in plot depth, it makes up with in its characters.
Never before had I felt that a movie could exist in our world with such conviction. These characters had real struggles and came up with real solutions. Sure, it’s all wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end, but it wouldn’t be a feel-good movie without it. There’s just something about this movie that makes it different than all the other fluff pieces out there and I’m convinced its the characters and the sense of family the cast gave to them.
And while the big names are at the top billing, the number one star of this movie is the music. Cher knocks out her two solos as only Cher can, reminding us that while we may be skeptical of her career, she still has the talent that made her a pop icon.
I have been a fan of Aguleria since her “Genie in a Bottle” days, but even I was in awe of her voice when it came to the songs in this movie. More than once I had to stop myself from clapping out loud.
But perhaps my favorite music came from the recordings of the old Burlesque numbers. Now, I haven’t actually looked up whether or not these songs are actually from the old Burlesque days as the movie claims, but they certainly have the sound of them and it brought a sense of history to the club and the movie.
“Burlesque” may not be groundbreaking or a shoe-in for the Best Picture Oscar, but it has a heart in its characters and it has a voice its stars and it’s the perfect film to make you forget your troubles for two hours.