'Burlesque' Review By Georgia DiPirro
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"
I didn't know if I could watch BURLESQUE after the terrifying demise of Ronni Chasen. Her death still I believe is unsolved. Ms. Chasen was gunned down after midnight in Beverly Hills, after the BURLESQUE premiere. Ronni Chasen was an icon herself as a Hollywood publicist. 1993 she was named the Senior Vice President for Publicity at MGM. Ronnie Chasen also owned a PR firm Chasen & Co. She once represented actors such as Michael Douglas, films as ON GOLDEN POND, DRIVING MISS DAISY and the second film in the movie franchise, WALL STREET 2: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS. Ronni was pushing for Oscar recognition for Michael Douglas in his character Gordon Gekko. At the time of her death she was working with Richard D. Zanuk and Lili Zanuck for the Oscar campaign of the 2010 film, ALICE in WONDERLAND. Ronni Chasen will always be remembered as a Hollywood legend.
The admiration for Cher and Stanley Tucci, I hauled up the tears and watched this musical play out. It is beautifully directed and written by Steven Antin, starring Cher as Tess and Christina Aguilera as Ali. This was the debut of Grammy-winner Christina Aguilera as an actress. The song 'You Haven't Seen the Last of Me', by Diane Warren and sung by Cher, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 2011.
Leaving Iowa starry-eyed, Ali (Christina Aguilera) arrives in Los Angeles and stumbles into a burlesque lounge, where she dreams of taking the stage with her soaring voice. Cher grabs my attention with "Welcome to Burlesque" I was hooked. The dancing is stimulating at every level. Ali (Christina Aguilera) dances and sings with such vibrant erotic energy. Cher unlocked my tears with "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me". Breathtaking!
A movie worth watching with boundless singing and dancing. Club owner Tess (Cher) is on the verge of losing her place and thinks Ali may help business. Meanwhile, Ali's roommate Jack (Cam Gigandet) starts falling for her. The acting is pretty good for the most part--especially Tess's sidekick Stanley Tucci and Cher. Kristen Bell as Ali's rival. Ali finds lip-synching limiting.
When auditions are held to replace Georgia (Julianne Hough) because she is pregnant, Ali begins her audition she persuades Tess to allow her to become one of the club's dancers, and an annoyance to Nikki (Kristen Bell). When Nikki appears drunk, Tess orders Ali to take her place. Secretly, Tess argues with Marcus (Eric Dane), who has placed a bid on the club.
Nikki arrives plastered again and is replaced by Ali. Angered, Nikki sabotages Ali and the girls' performance, and Tess is forced to order the curtain down. All of a sudden, Ali begins to sing the song live, and the curtain is again raised. Tess declares that she will create a new show around Ali the new lead singer and dancer. Ali performs "I Am a Good Girl". The Romance between Ali and Jack grow and they sleep together. Later Jack's fiancé returns unexpectedly from New York, leaving Ali feeling deceived. Ali spends time with Marcus; Ali finds out about air rights, breaks things off with him and tells Tess everything.
Yes, there was some cheesiness, the plotline a little predictable. But conversely, this movie captivated me despite any minimum flaws. The singing is amazing! The Costume and Wardrobe department did a fabulous job! What woman could forget Christina Aguilera (Ali) wearing those heavenly 'Christian Louboutin Tsar Pumps'.
If you are a fan of Cher or Christina Aguilera, this is a must-see.
Ali helps save the business out of thin air. And closes the film off with a song Jack wrote and finally finished "Show Me How You Burlesque"
I hope you enjoy the read on my 2rd review but "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"