Rock of Ages Movie Review
A movie based on a Broadway musical based on hit songs from the 80s, there’s an Inception joke in there somewhere I know it.
Rock of Ages delivers exactly what it promises; it’s a fun, feel good movie that, unless you harbour a deep hatred for musicals or 80s music, will leave you with a smile on your face. The film follows a small town girl named Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and a city boy called Drew (Diego Boneta), yeah I know songception, as they try to make it as performers in Los Angeles, but end up working in a club called The Bourbon Room.
Though Sherrie and Drew meeting and falling in love was a big part of the story, it was clear that they weren’t the only two characters worth paying attention too. Tom Cruise stole a lot of the attention with his portrayal of rock star Stacee Jaxx. He did a really great job and deserves praise for his performance, which was unexpectedly brilliant. Jaxx is a drunken musician who’s difficult to work with and causes girls to faint upon seeing him; he also has a monkey sidekick which adds to the cool factor. In both acting and singing Cruise did a really good job with the character.
The plot of the movie is noticeably different from the stage show. This could cause fans of the stage version to feel disappointed with the film, but hopefully they will still be able to enjoy the ride. Changes seemed to be made to give the film a happier ending than the show, which was probably for the bested. Movies like this tend to work better when they leave the audience smiling, not to say that the Broadway show wouldn’t have that effect it’s just not as obvious a happy ending as the one in the film.
If you’re a fan of 80s music then you’ll have a hard time not singing along, but try to save that for the DVD release if you don’t want to get kicked out of the cinema. Even if you don’t know anything about the 80s you’ll probably leave the cinema smiling anyway, especially after seeing Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand who have great chemistry and were one of the highlights of the movie. All things considered, Rock of Ages is fun and light. A great piece of escapism that will leave you wishing your life was a musical.
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