Running Time: 119 minutes
Directed by: Steve Antin
Starring: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell
Burlesque is a musical/drama film that tells the tale of a small-town girl, Ali (Aguilera) who ventures into Los Angeles to try and make it as a singer. She then finds a job as a waitress in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer, Tess (Cher). However, the Burlesque Lounge is currently in a financial crisis and with the troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems, Tess is trying her best to keep the place afloat and away from a wealthy businessman who is on a quest to buy the spot.
Burlesque has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Oddly enough, I’m not much of a musical person but I found myself sucked into the glamour that makes Burlesque what it is. It’s not exactly Moulin Rouge or Chicago, but led by talented singers, Aguilera and Cher, even a mediocre plot such as this can become something special. The musical is sprinkled with a light dose of comedy and romance to add a few more layers to the main plot of the film. Both singers brought their A-game to ensure that not only does their singing and dancing is on point, but so is their acting. The duo is further backed by the talented, Stanley Tucci as Cher’s right-hand man, Kristen Bell as one of the Lounge’s stars, Cam Gigandet as Aguilera’s love interest, and a cameo by Alan Cumming.
Furthermore, the set list for the film covered a span of classics such as Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, and Etta James’ Something’s Got a Hold on Me to the film’s original soundtrack with vocals by Aguilera and Cher (notably Bound to You, and You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me). Overall, the film is entertaining, funny, upbeat with an uplifting ending.
Rating: 6 1/2 out of 10