( Movie review )
Running Time: 116 mins
Director: Steve Antin
Cast: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Eric Dane, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet
“Ali (Christina Aguilera) is 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 (Alan Cumming), Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before a charismatic entrepreneur (Eric Dane) arrives with an enticing proposal.” -Nuffnang
This film was already released in the U.S 4 months ago.
Verdict: It’s like watching a long-ass music video. If you’re a Christina Aguilera fan, you’d love this show. Her gorgeous looks, sexy body, seductive charm and powerful singing voice are just so mesmerising until I was almost blinded from the fact that the movie actually has a very typical plot and a script full of cheesy dialogues; just like most of the recent original musical films. Both Aguilera and Cher failed to make an on-screen connection but I’d blame that on the poor script. Cher also made very little impact with her role as Tess, a character that’s supposingly tough and stubborn. However, the music theatrical choreography are splendid and most of the songs are very well written; and ultimately, these are all that really matter for a musical.
Favourite scene: The scene where Tess rehearses the song ‘You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me’. Although Cher could’ve done much better with her role, she certainly could not have done any better with this scene and this song. A powerful display of emotions.
Favourite quote: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) -Tess: “Tell me a new lie.” – Sean: “I don’t love you.” (SPOILER ENDS HERE)
Riff rip-off? I heard a song in the movie that has the exact same riff as Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Beautiful People’ and so I looked it up. It’s actually a different rendition of the same song with totally different lyrics.
Fortunately for Aguilera, the film was already released last year in the States. She’s been on all over the social media this week after messing up the national anthem at Super Bowl Sunday. It’d still be quite ironic to most of us when the movie hits the cinemas in Malaysia this 17th.
Rating: 3 / 5
Date for the show: Tee Wilee
Picture by Liki.
Her verdict: “Very nice. I liked it very much.”
The premiere screening of this film was courtesy of Nuffnang.