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T500FC, 468th: Burlesque (Steve Antin, 2010)

March.3.2011

Old-school Cher is definitely cool; I’ve seen her in films such as Mask, Mermaids, and Moonstruck and you can say that she can act. Fast-forward to 2010, she comes out with a film ala Rob Marshall’s Nine entitled Burlesque. This film won an award in the Golden Globes for best song. The online critics didn’t like it and a few people whom I know and saw it didn’t like it either. I wondered what’s up with the non-liking idea. This is a chance to see Cher again, right and let us also check if her new film that doesn’t start with the letter M would make her lucky, in terms of box-office returns.

A simple story filled with musicale songs. Our main protagonists story relies from her “struggles” in joining a bar owned by Cher to her being accepted of her new job plus her new found love life on the side. And to top it all off with Cher’s burlesque bar having its own dangers of closing due to money issues.

When you watch a film in this caliber, one of the reasons why you are watching this is you want to be impressed not just with the musical numbers but with the script, you have to add, how the actors would reach the highest note while acting on the side. It worked before with Moulin Rouge and Chicago but this time it didn’t go there. I was waiting to be wow’ed again even for just a moment but it felt like the story’s leading to somewhere new, like the one’s you’d see in Anne Fletcher’s Step Up.

It was kind of hard to intake Christina Aguilera as the lead in this film. I was so used to actors turning singers as lead that I forgot we have singers who can act too. The thing is Christina was not that effective. Maybe her vocal reach got it but not the acting. It was sort of good in paper probably, Cher and Christina in one film. In a way where they both do a comeback after a while but for me, it didn’t work.

Luckily though, we have Alan Cumming as one of the supporting members of the movie. Then, you have to say that the musicale number’s efforts were surely a site to see. Maybe I am just one of the few people who’d say that with a good number of sing and dance scenes; they failed to captivate me with the sob story of a foreclosure of a bar and a sort of unbelievable storyline of the main protagonist’s life.

This film is well watched at home while doing something else and maybe for those people who’d want to copy the musical scenes in the movie.

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