Movie review – Sexy, sassy and fun

2011-01-21 12:36

Film: Burlesque (Ster-­Kinekor)
Director: Steve Antin
Featuring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell and Eric Dane
Rating: 6/10

I do love a good song-and-dance flick – and this has a lot of good song and dance in it. The less said about some of the film’s dialogue the better and some of the acting’s a little hokey too.

But no fan of the musical genre can possibly resist the chance to see Cher, who turns 65 in May, in a bustiere and tights on stage singing Welcome to ­Burlesque.

She might not do many deep knee bends these days, but she looks like she has indeed found a way to defy gravity.

While cynics might put her appearance of agelessness down to surgery, good lighting and makeup, it’s also got a lot to do with good bones and exercise.
As for Christina Aguilera, her signature voice carries her through her feature film debut. She acquits herself better than either Mariah Carey (Glitter) or Britney Spears (Crossroads) did in their first films, and her character, Ali, is likeable if completely unoriginal.

She’s an orphaned girl from a dusty small town who heads for Los Angeles to make it big. Unlike many other stories, though, she bypasses the sleaze and is taken in by Cher’s Tess at her club Burlesque. She works her way up from waitress and saves the club from certain doom.

The supporting cast includes Stanley Tucci who reprises his role in The Devil Wears Prada as the loyal sidekick, Eric Dane brings McSteamy to the big screen as a playboy millionaire, Kirsten Bell plays the bad girl for a change, and Cam Gigandet who will remind anyone who didn’t grow up in the 1980s how good a man can look in eyeliner.

Burlesque, which won a Golden Globe for best ­original song for You ­Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, performed by Cher in one of the film’s only introspective moments, is sexy and fun – true to the roots of the performance style that it takes its name from.

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