Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Actually, that's all the movie should be, but instead writer/director Steve Antin tries to give it form and narrative, creating a very clumsy plot and script and please don't let me get started on the dialogue. Now remember, I love good, light, predicable movie musical cheesy. There's nothing clever about the premise for Dream Girls, but it works. I'm just about the only person who wrote in defense of the movie musical, Nine (click for review). But Burlesque misses the schmaltzy story beats at every turn. Nor does it deliver something fresh and involving. I won't ruin the scenes for you by going into detail, but I will say that Kristen Bell's character is useless and if you're looking for a good old fashioned cat fight, you'll be sorely disappointed. It makes no since to cast the incredible DWTS, Julianne Hough in the role of a dancer who gets pregnant and can no longer dance. I love Alan Cummings , but they use him for little more than occasional set dressing. And Eric Dane should have said, I've got better things to do with my time and turned down the roll entirely.