Thursday, February 6, 2014

Burlesque (2010)

IMDb plot summary: A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.
Directed by Steve Antin. Starring Christina Aguilera, Cher, Cam Gigandet and Eric Dane.

Well, goodness, this movie is silly. It reminded me a bit of Rock of Ages, except not as much fun. And, sadly, despite having musical theater vets like Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming in the ensemble, we only ever get performances from Christina and Cher, who are MUCH less interesting than the rest of the cast... although I was fairly moved by Cher's "I won't give up"-style ballad in the middle. That was nicely done. Other than that, though, the musical numbers were acceptable but fairly underwhelming. I'm pretty sure they came up with the idea for about half these songs by taking regular phrases and then replacing a random word with "burlesque." Seriously, stop working the word "burlesque" into every single song, I promise we haven't forgotten the title of the movie. And... "Show Me How You Burlesque"? REALLY?

The problem with this movie is that it surrounded these two not-dynamic actresses with much more dynamic performers, and it only serves to heighten how not-extraordinary the stars are. Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci steal every single scene they're in. I would happily watch a movie centered around those two characters. I couldn't have cared less about Cher's club manager or Christina's ingenue. 2 stars.

Flickchart: #1388 out of 2016, below Get Smart and above There's Something About Mary.

Buy a digital copy for $9.99.

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