This movie can be described in two words: Christina Aguilera; she explodes off the screen as Ali. It is the best performance by an actress in a musical since Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls" (2006) or Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago" (2002) as Velma Kelly. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" is even one of the songs in "Burlesque."
Cher stars as an aging singer and former dancer who co-owns a burlesque with her ex-husband. That sounds like something Cher would do. And she is the hottest 64 year old chick who can still rock and roll and appear opposite Aguilera and make them both better.
But Aguilera showed star quality not seen since Streisand. Now don't blaspheme, Larry H., or exaggerate. I'm not; I just saw "Burlesque" and thought it was stunning. And did I mention that Christina Aguilera brought me to tears with her performance and energetic, dynamic singing. And goose-bumps. I love Christian Aguilera.
Aguilera is two faced, too: one scene she is the hayseed from Iowa, then she is the bombastic starlet in high heels, wig, and bustier strutting her stuff on stage and looking like a heartthrob. And boy can she dance!
What the heck is a burlesque? Burlesque is a humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes grotesque exaggeration. And fun and exciting and bawdy and this burlesque is loved by Cher's character (Tess) even while the bank will not loan her the needed money to stave off foreclosure.
When a musical cooks like this one, much credit must go to the director - Steven Antin who also wrote the script. The cast was astonishing: Cam Gigandet as Jack the hunky roommate; Eric Dane as Marcus the suave, rich real estate developer; Kristen Bell as Nikki the alcoholic bad girl and Ali's rival, and the great Stanley Tucci who plays Tess' gay friend and confidant.
Who were the big winners? Anyone and everyone that had anything to do with the movie. Nominations will abound with Ms. Aguilera leading the way. As soon as you finish your turkey, go see this movie. Rock 'n Roll.