Ali, a small-town girl with a big voice, escapes hardship and an uncertain future and follows her dreams to Los Angeles. After a string of rejections, Ali stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue. Burlesque's outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture...more
Ali, a small-town girl with a big voice, escapes hardship and an uncertain future and follows her dreams to Los Angeles. After a string of rejections, Ali stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue. Burlesque's outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture Ali, who vows to perform in the venue. less
“Made in true Bollywood style. A one-time watch for its stage-show elements.”
It seems that the Directors and actors associated with this film sat through one marathon movie watching session, and picked up all the common elements from around 15 films. The end result is a lifeless, cliche-ridden plot which they then attempt to spice up with numerous glitzy performances.
I can straightaway give you two previous Hollywood flicks which work on the same lines - Coyote Ugly and Striptease. What the heck-there are strikingly similar Indian versions too, like Fashion and a very small budget recent release 'Benny & Babloo'. Sample this - a really hard working, talented person goes to a big city to find her inner calling in life. She finds a club specializing in a dance form called burlesque, and works as a waitress till she gets her big break. The club runs into financial problems, the girl gets snobbish, and everything gets smoothened out in the end.
The completely unimaginative story is burgeoning at the seams with stock characters - there is the pretentious mother hen (Cher) who has clearly seen better days, a lovey-dovey guy, a dancer who gets jealous and turns bitchy, a gay manager and a wealthy businessman who wants to buy out the club. The only claim to fame for the film is Christina Aguilera and Cher have contributed to all the songs, one of which one a Golden Globe (incidentally, the song was completely out-of-place in the film: The story is about Christina all along, and in between Cher comes and sings, "You haven't seen the last of me".) Thus where it should have provided for decent entertainment, the film comes across as a shameless plug for their sagging careers.
Coming to the visual brouhaha, there is no denying that a lot of money has been spent on choreographing the dances and preparing the props and dresses. Most of the dialogue is also interspersed between performances and after 20-25 minutes the sheen wears off and the film turns repetitive. The girls keep looking extraordinarily pretty, wearing loads of makeup and sporting enormous pouts. In one hilarious scene, Cher helps apply oodles of makeup on an already made-up Aguilera.
Visually extravagant and intellectually disabled, watching this flick feels like 2 hrs of MTv. Only recommended for hardcore fans of any of the two protagonists. Everybody else is better off watching youtube.