Christina Aguilera and Cher in a movie about singing. Surprised? No, not really. Do female musicians ever play any other role? Think Crossroads, but this time it’s Ms. Genie-in-a-bottle instead of Britney Spears.
Burlesque is a story about a small-town girl Ali (Aguilera) who moves to a big city in order pursue her dreams of stardom. She finds herself in a club that is struggling to stay alive. Ali lands a job there and works her way up from being a waitress to headlining its nightly dance show.
One thing I gotta say about the movie is that it is absolutely flat. There are no high highs and low lows – it’s so hard to feel any emotions for Ali. She’s never really in the pits or in the clouds – she’s just… there. Ali basically goes through the whole movie without a hitch, it’s like the “perfect” story, except that it isn’t perfect. The sub characters didn’t really help either. They don’t have any depth and are the perfect example of cut-out, stock characters.
Despite the predictable, flat storyline and clichéd characters – the movie isn’t terrible. The songs and dances in the movie are top-notch and worth the price of the ticket alone. Awesomely choreographed, and well written, the dances and songs are what you came here for. You don’t have to bother about the rest of the weak story if you’re just there for the music and performances. You’d probably be better off with the soundtrack and accompanying music videos. Maybe someone should just cut the movie up and release it like that. Burlesque gets a 5/10.