'Rock Of Ages' Movie Review
Imagine a world where Tom Cruise is a rock star and people randomly burst into song and dance instead of quietly listening to music on their iPod - and there you have 'Rock of Ages'.
The feature film, based on the Broadway musical of the same name, takes you on a trip through the Hollywood 80s rock scene from all angles.
Following aspiring rockers Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and Drew (Diego Boneta) to the sublimely sleazy music manager Paul Gill (Paul Giamatti), this musical movie will have you singing along with it’s quirky characters.
If it isn’t clear by now, ‘Rock of Ages’ is a musical, so be warned. The sound track covers hits from Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, BonJovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. The original score is by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom from TV's 'Glee', so the covers of Journey's 'Anyway You Want It' and 'Don't Stop Believin' are a bit tired.
It’s ultimately the cast that makes the movie worthy of the silver screen, and the costumes, makeup, hair, and sets, which transport you back in time.
Tom Cruise makes an awesomely cool transformation into rock god Stacee Jaxx, a band front man struggling through a never ending sea of groupies who is always accompanied by a bottle of alcohol and his pet baboon Hey Man.
Alec Baldwin plays Dennis Dupree, club owner of The Bourbon Room, paired with Russell Brand as Lonny, Dennis’ best friend. The coupling of these renowned ladiesmen provides plenty of laughs and a flavoursome twist to the story.
'Chicago's Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is no stranger to musical-turned-movie-adaptions, plays antagonist Patricia Whitmore, a supposedly conservative fanatic lobbying for the end of rock 'n' roll.
Mary J. Blige stars as the owner of Venus Gentlemen’s Club, brining a touch of soul to the soundtrack of 80s rock anthems performed by the cast, which is also available to buy.
Overall the movie is light-hearted and fun, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Go along and lose yourself in a fluffy love letter to 80s rock ‘n ’roll, but remember it’s a musical!
‘Rock of Ages’ is showing in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand NOW!
Written by Elise Vout