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Show Me How You Burlesque! No, Seriously, Show Me….

November 24th, 2010

Much like Madonna frenched the pop torch down to Britney Spears, so does Cher pass her legacy down to Christina Aguilera…just minus the tongue. But if Cher or Christina’s pipes don’t do it for you, there’s always Cam Gigandet’s bare behind (yes, he gets completely nekkid!)

Should you make time for Burlesque? Find out below!

Welcome to Burlesque. Iowa-born Ali (Aguilera) makes it to the big leagues….of provocative dancing. She meets Tess (Cher) and worms her way on stage as a dancer and singer, making enemies and wrong choices throughout her journey until everything is wrapped up with a little bow at the end.

The main reason this movie rocks? Christina Aguilera’s voice: there is no denying this girl can sing. Personally, I love her ballads and she kills it halfway through the movie with “Bound To You” but her dance numbers are pretty damn hot too! And Cher – this woman is an icon for a reason. Completely at ease in her mentor role, she still knows how to hit all the right notes in one of the best songs of the movie, “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”.

Why the movie sort of sucks? Simple: there are no duets. The soundtrack is eight songs Christina and two songs Cher. And they never sing together. At all. But if you’re okay with that, then you’ll enjoy the movie.

Yep, the movie does have a minor cheese factor in its predictable love story, but it’s also full of moments from the rest of the cast that will make you say “I love Stanley Tucci!” or “Kristen Bell is awesome as a b***h”. I would definitely recommend the movie for its supporting case alone!

Hats off to all the other great actors in the film. Twilight‘sCam Gigandet steals the show (especially when he plays a loveable drunk and walks around with what God gave him!). And Kristen Bell has being a bitch down to an art. And everyone would love to have a best friend like Stanley Tucci. Even when they say the cheesiest lines, it actually comes out watchable. Plus, there’s a cameo appearance by Glee‘s Dianna Argon (she doesn’t sing though…..dammit!).

For Cher, her performance is all about passing the torch. She appears as a mentor and given her decades-spanning career it’s a role that fits her perfectly. She passes her torch of singing, style and acting to Christina Aguilera.

But Christina needs to step into some bigger shoes to take that torch. They both have record sales, memorable albums and shocking styles in common. But Aguilera is brand-spanking new to acting and needs to hone a bit more creditable in her role to come off as believable actress. She does give it a good shot though, so kudos for effort. But remember it took Cher a few years and a few movies before she rightfully received an Oscar for 1987’s Moonstruck so there’s hope for Aguilera yet.

Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 – an even 50%. If you want to like it, you’ll love it. If you want to hate it, you’ll end up saying “it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be”.

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