Burlesque: Blu Ray review
Released by Sony
(and her warbling pipes) stars as Ali, a small town American girl with a great
voice who dreams of making it big in LA. (There's the first cliché for you.)
So, after quitting her crummy job in a bar, she heads
to the city of lights and stumbles across the Burlesque Lounge, a failing but
stomping club run by Cher's Tess with a little help from Stanley Tucci's stage
Talking her way into a bartending
job there, she strikes up a friendship with the bar manager Jake (Twilight's Cam
Gigandet) and manages to find her way onto the stage - but not without making an
enemy out of Kristen Bell's Nikki.
Tess can find a way to keep the club afloat, Ali's time in the spotlight may be
Burlesque is essentially a series of
extended music videos - broken up by some clichéd plot and some, at times,
frankly awful (and unintentionally funny) dialogue.
Aguilera acquits herself brilliantly in the singing portion of the
film but brings little extra in terms of acting to the role of Ali; Cher is
lacking any real emotional depth (and facial movement) as Tess - so the two
leads are a mixed bag.
At the end of the day, the
overlong Burlesque is about the spectacle more than anything else - while the
club scenes and songs rock the joint, they certainly do little (with one
exception) to capture the sexiness and seductive tease of Burlesque.
Extras: Entire song performances
commentary, bloopers and alternate opening; plus the blu ray throws in
featurettes on the music, dancing and cast