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Burlesque [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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A small town singer, Ali (Christina Aguilera), moves to the big city for her chance at stardom where she is enchanted by Burlesque, a glamorous nightclub packed with dancers, sizzling music, and an owner (Cher) in need of a star. Jam-packed with visually stunning musical numbers and an all-star cast featuring Eric Dane, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci.
There is, according to Burlesque, a nightclub on the Sunset Strip that looks like a blend of Cabaret and Moulin Rouge and employs a full contingent of dancers and musicians in the service of a neo-retro-burlesque-blues program. Presiding over the craziness within is Tess, a grande dame who also performs occasionally and who could only, under these circumstances, be played by Cher. Entering the scene is a young leather-lunged hopeful from Iowa named Ali, played by Christina Aguilera in her movie-acting debut. The vibe of this glitzy concoction is more Flashdance than Showgirls, despite prerelease predictions that the film would be a campfest of epic proportions. In fact, it's more cornball than trashy. Ali hits most of the clichés of the genre: defying Tess's skepticism by proving her mettle during an impromptu stage number; flirting with the nice-guy bartender (Cam Gigandet, of Twilight) whose home she shares for a while, in a purely platonic way, of course, just until she gets her feet on the ground; and keeping a wary eye on the high roller (Eric Dane, of Grey's Anatomy) who wants to possess her, because, you see, he takes whatever he likes. And did we mention that Tess is facing foreclosure on the club in a month's time? Seriously, you didn't see that coming? Writer-director Steve Antin has no embarrassment about putting any of this across, which may be why it all feels weirdly innocent, if relentlessly silly. Stanley Tucci revives his gay assistant from The Devil Wears Prada, Alan Cumming lurks about in an undefined role that might well have been filmed months after everybody else, and Kristen Bell enjoys a few wicked-witch moments as Ali's main rival. Aguilera, needless to say, belts out her songs as only someone with a very large voice can, and Cher stops the show with an old-fashioned torch song ("You Haven't Seen the Last of Me") that is clearly designed as a roof-raiser. (And, by gum, it works.) This is a ridiculous movie, but it gets points for never claiming to be anything else. --Robert Horton
- movieIQTM+sync featuring the Burlesque playlist
- Director's Commentary
- Alternate Opening
- The Burlesque Lounge: Alternate Full Musical Performances!
- Blooper Reel
- Burlesque is Back!
- The Performers: The Cast of Burlesque
- Setting the Stage: Production Design & Performers
- Inside the Dressing Room: Creating the Burlesque Look
- The Set List: The Music & Choreography of Burlesque
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The story follows small town girl Ali as she moves to LA to try and become a star. After a day of unsuccessful atempts to find a job, she stumbles on Burlesque, owned by Tess (Cher) and sets out to get a spot on the stage. At this point you start to feel like you are watching any number of other similar films (Cayote Ugly, Make it Happen etc)
Don't get me wrong, the dancing and costumes and great, but the songs are only ok with none being particulalry memorable. Ali often comes off as whiney or just completely unrealistic while Tess seems to just yell at people a lot. The bonding moment between Tess and Ali is cringe worthy and doesn't feel real. I did enjoy Kristen Bell as the opposition to Ali, she played the egotistical star well. The 2 male leads are charming and defeintely nice to watch. Cam Gidget provides a surprising amount of comedy to the film.
Overall this film has some good points but if you are looking for a good "small town girl makes it in the big city" I would stick with Cayote Ugly.
I was wrong. The story is good the costumes and acts superb.
In fact the story is better than good and really quite inspiring in its triumph of hope over adversity. The finding of a legal quirk, is what the plot hinges upon.
Cher is magnificent, I have always thought she is a better actress than singer.
But the absolute, unquestioned star is Christina Aguilera.
Her voice is something I had never paid much attention to before. Some say she could run a demolition team with it. It is simply amazing. She acts well too.
This film? It is really rather good.........
I love all the Alice in Wonderland motifs.
Christina Aguilera is perfect in the lead role, but Cher looks and sounds amazing in a role that fits her like a glove. Stanley Tucci is a fantastic foil for Cher in this movie.
And Jack? Well, he is very watchable too.
The songs, the costumes, the setting ... All make this a wonderful movie that I know I will watch again and again.
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