There are movies that defy expectations, and there are movies that are exactly what they appear to be: crap. Burlesque squarely falls into the latter category.
In this Chicago wannabe, Christina Aguilera stars as a young waitress who travels to the big city and lands an inconsequential job at a struggling burlesque bar (which is called "Burlesque"). There she starts a relationship/friendship with the handsome bartender and shows she has star power, perhaps enough to save the bar from being sold. Oh, and Cher is in it.
Burlesque is a complete mess from beginning to end, and no one can be solely blamed other than the studio executives who approved it in the first place. Written and directed by Steve Antin, Burlesque is wholly uninteresting and devoid of intriguing conflict. The musical sequences are unremarkable, the script laughably dull.
The movie proves Christina Aguilera should be let nowhere near screenplays. I've seen worse, but she brings nothing of value to the production other than a nice voice and a sexy body. The rest of the cast is forgettable, including Stanely Tucci, a talented actor who clearly showed up for a paycheck and nothing more. Cher is OK, but that's not saying much.
The movie is so painfully bad I challenge you to watch the entire thing from beginning to end. When the picture devolves into a stereotypical romance between the two leads, it completely comes off the rails. Everything is squarely predictable. Ridiculously so.
If you are a massive Christina Aguilera fan, you might be able to tolerate Burlesque. But for the rest of us, Burlesque is a disaster. But hey, it was nominated for a Golden Globe so that counts for something, right?
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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