Excerpt: A smalltown girl from Iowa, Ali (Christina Aguilera) travels to Los Angeles to make her fame and fortune as a singer and dancer. There, she discovers the Burlesque Theater run by the veteran Tess (Cher), a place where girls can strut their stuff on stage to entertain the club's patronage.
Excerpt: Christina Aguilera plays Ali in Burlesque , the small town girl looking for a break in California. She’s a singer, she’s a dancer, and please stop if you’ve heard all of this before. To her benefit, she discovers the artistry of a burlesque lounge, and thankfully her audition does not require singing the National Anthem. To everyone’s on-screen credit here, the talent on display is just phenomenal.
Conclusion: 'Burlesque' marks the return of Cher and the feature film debut of pop star Christina Aguilera, but that's about all this flimsy, uninteresting musical has to offer. A few good numbers briefly offset the boredom, but can't pump sufficient life into a trite, predictable tale. Video, audio, and extras are all quite good, but if the movie itself doesn't make the grade, who cares?
Conclusion: You’re not going to see anything new or revolutionary in the world of filmmaking here, but you will be treated to your fair share of glitter, gams and glam. What more can a guy ask for? Thank you Christina! Ha ha. Okay. Let’s be honest. This one is mostly for the ladies. I admit. But it doesn’t mean us guys can’t enjoy it, does it? See. That’s the spirit!
Excerpt: The Film It's the latest take on a small-town girl starting work at the bottom and ending up on top, that is if you consider singing at a burlesque club the top. Ali (Christina Aguilera), a down on her luck waitress from Iowa, gets on a bus and moves to Los Angeles with big expectations but no luck fulfilling those. Then she happens into a burlesque club on the Sunset Strip and decides to stay.
Conclusion: Burlesque isn't a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination. It's just completely irrelevant. It might be touching, sincere, and even a little funny, but those are qualities of the genre and the clichés through which the film is built, not the results of any imaginative strokes of genuins or bucking of the system on the writers's and director's part.
Excerpt: It’s really hard to make a decent musical. Almost all of them ever produced suck, and the ones that don’t are obsessed over like buried treasure. Think about how low the bar is. 2007’s remake of Hairspray is, without question, above average and has the right to exist, but it got the same Rotten Tomatoes score, 91%, as Saving Private Ryan . I’d complain, but I’ve watched Hairspray twice in the last six months.
Excerpt: Burlesque is a terrible film that will delight nearly everyone who sees it, whether they’re 12-year-old Christina Aguilera fans or bad-movie buffs angling for a guilty pleasure. Burlesque delivers exactly what it promises, and then some: It’s a glittering neon valentine to divadom so exquisitely, unapologetically gay that Alan Cumming’s homage to Joel Grey in Cabaret actually constitutes one of its butcher elements.
Conclusion: Intentionally or not, it might be the comedy of the year. The music and dance are thrilling and the costumes saucy enough to satisfy, but the whole is so camp and clichéd that it must be deliberate. Right?