'Burlesque' Review By Georgia DiPirro

"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"
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Hollywood Legend

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!

SPOILER WARNING

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"

Georgia DiPirro

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Comments (28)

  1. Georgia DiPirro

    Abso-freakin-lutely @skywise :)

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  2. skywise

    @Georgia-DiPirro I couldnt agree more but he is one of our finest character actors working today at any rate.

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  3. Georgia DiPirro

    So am I a huge Tucci! No matter what the movie -- if I find out he is in it I'm watching @skywise he needs a staring role one day

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  4. skywise

    @Georgia-DiPirro I am a huge Tucci fan. I will definatly let ya know when i watch it.

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  5. Georgia DiPirro

    Thank you @skywise thank you so much -- The dancing, singing and Stanley Tucci I love the most ... let me know what you think :)

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  6. skywise

    @Georgia-DiPirro i REALLY had no interest in seeing this film but your review has changed my mind. I will give it a shot. Gret work on your 2nd review. Congrats.

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  7. Nicholaus XX

    @Georgia-DiPirro -- That's great! You're more than welcome, and I can't wait to read more of your future reviews. ;)

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  8. Georgia DiPirro

    That's wonderful @kguy

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  9. K.Guy

    @Georgia-DiPirro Yep, an every genre moviegoer.

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  10. Georgia DiPirro

    You do, that's great! @kguy

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  11. K.Guy

    @Georgia-DiPirro Well, not for that reason. I enjoy chick flicks too.

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  12. Georgia DiPirro

    Thank you, I know my girly side came out seeing this, I think my other self wants to be a vegas showgirl :) @m2

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  13. Georgia DiPirro

    Thank you, I know It's a girly film --:) @kguy

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  14. m2

    @Georgia-DiPirro great work although I was not a fan of the movie.lol.

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  15. K.Guy

    @Georgia-DiPirro Great review. Not my cup of tea, but a great explanation.

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  16. Georgia DiPirro

    I put SPOILER WARNING Is that good? @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx

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  17. Georgia DiPirro

    Thank you so much @stoned what a offer -- I know you would love the dancers :)

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  18. Georgia DiPirro

    Thank you so much @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Ronni Chasen directed the Academy Award campaigns for more than 100 films. I feel that this is still unsolved and maybe a professional hit, by the coroner's report noted that hollow-point bullets might have been used by the gunman. I hope she will always remembered.

    Oh Thank you are so right I will work on that --
    Thats such good advice - Thank you so much "I am making Progress" I needed to read that -- I was Nervous about doing reviews so this is huge step

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  19. TheStonedReviewer

    Great review, gotta admit though i was offered the chance to see this and turned it down as i thought it wasnt the film for me, i do regret that now though, i could have really enjoyed it :)

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  20. Nicholaus XX

    @Georgia-DiPirro -- Wonderful review! I love how you brought Ronni Chasen up(who I didn't know of, and I never heard of her death) and showed much favor to her after her demise - a lovely gesture, if you ask me.

    Now concerning the review, I'd (personally) talk less about the plot, and if I elaborate on it - to the point of reaching spoiler territory - I'd notify readers beforehand. Besides that, you're doing a great job, and making huge progress!

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  21. Georgia DiPirro

    Thank you so much -- I'll get better. It sure has helped reading everyone on here. Everyone has been helpful and kind...So Thank you :) @thedude-abides

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  22. thedude-abides

    @Georgia-DiPirro Very good review. Loved your closing line :)

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  23. Georgia DiPirro

    Thank you :) Thank you @ghostman

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  24. Ghostman

    Great review, okay movie :)

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