Genres: Drama and Musical/Performing Arts
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing
Director: Steven Antin
JJ Rating: B
See it again: Nah.
Own it: Nope.
Recommend it to: People who like Cher. Those that expect a Glitter effect so they can be pleasantly pleased it’s nothing like that train wreck.
Ali (Christina Aguilera) decides to go to L.A. and make something of her singing voice. It isn’t as easy as she thought until she found a burlesque and started working as a waitress in hopes of stepping upon the stage that catches her eye night after night. Burlesque.
It’s not Glitter. I can say that as a complement. Another complement? I think I have a few more. Christina Aguilera was a decent actress. However, I think there was something off on her performance that I cannot pinpoint. Her singing has always and still amazes me. She’s really good. Kristen Bell can be very dislikable and that’s a plus. Cam Gigandet cannot be mocho and almost come off as gay but not…so, that’s also a plus. Stanley Tucci is, for me, a consistently great actor. I can’t imagine, let alone think of a time, where I was disappointed in his performance. Dianna Agron plays Quinn on “Glee” and she’s reserved and never has (yet) yelled as she did in this film for one scene. I see that as different in a good way. Cher was also decent. It’s hard to feel emotion for someone that can’t display it on her face. I talked about how amazing it is to see animation display facial expressions vividly. I feel awkward having to state that humans that lack expression lose connection. Humans are emotional. They should display emotion. Not natural is looking like you don’t have wrinkles at all…
The longer I write the more important story becomes. It baffles me what becomes a film now days. Not saying that it was any better when film didn’t have color, because it wasn’t…that’s just people ignoring the bad. What I’m stating is that they continue to lower the bar for a buck. A standard would be nice, but that ain’t happening. Burlesque’s beginning lacked so much that I don’t know where to begin. Zero set up on where Ali came from and what happened during her past that makes her so determined to run off from a job and bank on making it in L.A. one of the hardest cities to make it in. It’s hard to grasp. Even if it were a fantasy, it would be hard to grasp. It started on the foot named boring. Her wondering around trying to find a job to use her singing voice lacked any real creative mind. Films are better than books because you can display visually wonderful things. To blandly go through the motions showing Ali going from here to there without any real character development or creative showcase doesn’t do anything but make it look like going through the motions. It seems that so much time was spent on the numbers at a burlesque that’s shutting down that it makes it almost impossible to see it as a failure with no money.
If costume have holes in them and need sowing up, how do you have shiny bright-lighted letters that look like they were stolen from a new building in Las Vegas? Personally, it would have been awesome if they could have gone a bit acoustic-ish with the stage set up as a band would have to fall back on if their sound equipment broke. Instead of BIG banging song numbers, it would have been subtle awesome displays of great creative thinking and ingenuity with what one has. Brighter and bigger isn’t better…it’s more like yelling to win points in an argument. Showy display of charm doesn’t mean that you are fighting for the right side just because your words are woven pretty like. I wanted to see elbow grease and workmanship more than pizzazz of movie magic.
I decided on a B because the acting was great, for the most part. The relationship that grew between Ali and Jack was good. It wasn’t that great because it was mishandled a lot and when it all fell apart, I didn’t believe why it was whoever’s fault. I didn’t buy it. The singing by both Christina and Cher made up for many of the holes the plot had as well as the shoddy work on the storyline.
Burlesque is like a pretty person who moves great but has hardly any knowledge of what’s going on around them. They’re clueless and no one likes speaking to someone who doesn’t know what’s going on. It’s frustrating. To me a film that just wants to put a bunch of dance numbers together and builds a story around it is just as frustrating, if not more so. Ugh…
I write like: Arthur Clarke