By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
“Moulin Rouge” or “Chicago” it ain’t, but “Burlesque” is still a good time.
The latest Hollywood musical stars Cher and Christina Aguilera, and it’s as predictable as it is fun and glitzy.
Small-town girl Ali (Aguilera) moves to L.A. to find stardom and lands in Burlesque, a club owned by the tough-as-nails-yet-fabulous Tess (Cher).
Tess doesn’t need a new dancer, though; she needs money, and lots of it, if she’s going to save her beloved club.
Ali works her way up to the stage through hard work and perseverance, and – bet you didn’t see this coming – helps Tess save Burlesque.
Sure, it’s predictable, and the dialogue is cheesy, and the acting isn’t always top-notch. The ultra glam dance numbers and songs make up for most of that, though.
Aguilera holds her own as an actress, and she has a natural feel on the screen. The singer shines in the musical numbers, proving why she is a star. Cher is, well, Cher. She’s terrific, though the role probably isn’t much of a stretch for her. It makes you wonder, though, why she isn’t in more movies or doesn’t make more music. She’s still got it.
The supporting cast, including the wonderful Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Peter Gallagher, Julianne Hough and “Glee” star Dianna Agron, are all perfect in their roles and are a joy to watch.
“Burlesque” isn’t genius movie-making, but it makes for a fun girls’ night out. Ignore the film’s faults and focus on the glamour, and you’ll have a great time.
“Burlesque” is rated PG-13 and is showing at Cinemark Movies 8 in Tupelo, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Oxford Studio Cinema in Oxford.
Sheena gives “Burlesque” a C plus.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Burlesque” an A. “I loved it. I will own it.”