Burlesque – The Movie
And here’s the trailer for your perusal:
I am really not sure how to feel about this film. Lots of people have asked me and I just don’t know. On one hand, it will bring burlesque more into the forefront of peoples minds. It looks like it has beautiful costumes and amazing sets. It also has Stanley Tucci and Alan Cumming, two of my favourite man loves of all time.
On the other, is this the kind of burlesque that you want people thinking about, if it is even burlesque at all?
There has been a pretty severe backlash to this movie within the burlesque community, especially in the States. I would say judging by the trailer that the performances they are doing are much more cabaret/ musical theatre, which is fine in itself. We certainly have numbers like this in our shows. But it’s not all we have. I think most burly-q lads and ladies have a problem with this film because it only displays one side of the very multifaceted coin that is burlesque. It’s really only showing the candy coated, saccarine song and dance style (I hear it may be rated PG). It’s very broadway. Not all burl-q starlets are amazing dancers. But they are amazing performers. We are not all tiny and toned (but some people are). We are all different. I think the biggest worry for performers is this just wont be an accurate display of burlesque and this is all people will expect when coming to a burlesque show. I can tell you right now, you’d be hard pressed to find a burlesque club anywhere in the world with amazing sets like that. The burlesque community has worked so hard to get to where it is and this is a potential step backwards.
I’m not getting into in too much. I will reserve my judgement until the movie comes out (three months later here than in the States – typical!). I will leave you with one last little interesting comparison brought up my Jo Boobs Weldon. The first clip is a routine performed at the Crazy Horse in Paris. They have been performing if for some time. The second is a routine from the movie. It makes me go hmmmmmmm.
What do you think lovelies?
p.s. How amazing are the fan kicks in the crazy horse clip? I can’t stop watching it!