Burlesque Is An Audience Pleaser!

Burlesque has hit the big screens this week in the US and reports are showing that audiences are pleased with the Cher, Christina Aguilera, and Stanley Tucci musical!

The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue.

The 2 hour and 15 min musical film by video director Steve Antin is a visual and auditory experience. The movie is set up like a giant music video with powerful performances by Christina Aguilera who in our opinion raised the barometer of the film.

The casting of the film was very well done as you begin to relate to the characters and the friendships created as if you were also part of the Burlesque club family. Cher and Stanley Tucci are as best as they always are but we were very impressed by Julianne Hough, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet and Christina Aguilera's acting in the film as they created the realness that was needed to move the script along even if it did have its rough moments which were minimal.

With the initial reviews before the movie ever premiered being negative we went into the film with reserved expectation but were greeted with a stand out musical film and were left to enjoy Burlesque and forget the baseless negativity we even bothered to pay attention to.

Check out clips of the musical performances below but we offer you to see the movie first to not ruin the story.

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