In the tradition of Cabaret and Chicago, Burlesque brings the stage to the screen. Christina Aguilera is a small-town singer with big dreams who travels to Hollywood in search of a new life. There, she discovers the world of burlesque at a cabaret run by none other than Cher. Cher’s character is a retired singer turned manager on the brink of bankruptcy. Together they become friends while jump starting Christina’s career and saving the club.
I like this film. I am a diehard show tune addict, and this movie appeals to me there. I also love Christina Aquilera. She has one of the best voices in the pop industry, and she is a true diva. Cher is not one of my favorites, but I know she has her own strong fan base, and she has true stage presence as well.
The movie felt like a series of music videos, with slick story lines backing it up. Each song Christina sings shows a different side of her, including a tribute to Etta James and a very poignant love ballad. The only real disappointment for me with the music is the final song. It bored me, and I felt it was the weakest song. The song for the credits was kind of neat. It is loosely based off of Marilyn Manson’s Beautiful People
The script is very slick and the sets and cinematography are perfect. Steve Antin, the director, gave it a really classy timelessness that was very smooth. The costumes are fabulous, my favourite being a green off-the shoulder dress that makes Christina look like a water flower.
Honestly, Cher and Christina cannot act, neither of them. However, they have both spent their entire careers in front of cameras and starring in music videos. Also, both women have bodies conditioned by years of dancing, so even if their faces have a disturbing rigidity about them, their body language is very sharp. As well, there is a fantastic supporting Cast, including Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) and Kristen Bell (Fanboys).
So all in all I give it 6.5 out of 8 ripped fishnet stockings.