From the stage to the big screen, some bigger names take on the beast that is a Rock and Roll themed musical.
Rock of Ages is a story set in 1987 about a small town girl called Sherrie (Julianne Hough) who meets Drew (Diego Boneta) on the Los Angeles strip while chasing their dreams of rock stardom. Their love story is told through the rock ‘n’ roll songs of Def Leppard, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and many more.
The opening scene of Rock of Ages starts by showing us Sherrie on the first leg of her journey to make her dreams come true. This first scene completely sets up what you can expect from the film as a whole. Singing, comedy and attractive people. If you don’t like any of those aspects, then I’m afraid you’re not only crazy but you may not appreciate this film to its full potential.
The soundtrack is fantastic, with a solid record of well known 80’s rock ‘n’ roll hits – it’s hard not to find yourself rocking out in the audience. Don’t be put off by all the rock talk though, there are also some good 80’s pop tracks included. You definitely don’t need to be a hard core rocker to enjoy the soundtrack by any means. Some great vocal performances from Sherrie and Drew, you can’t help but feel for these two. Especially when Drew’s musical career doesn’t go as he had hoped. The biggest vocal surprise is that of the Rock God’s, Stacee Jaxx.
Tom Cruise absolutely molds himself into the role of Stacee Jaxx, as if he was meant to play the part – he seems to have really thrown himself in. His performance is surreal and completely spot on. It’s pretty certain that Cruise is going to obtain a brand new type of fan after people see his performance as Stacee Jaxx.
With some more gritty camera shots and angles it definitely breaks up the glossy finish the film is imagined to have. There are great laughs to be had by the script and the timings of the actors, real laugh out loud moments that you may not have expected to pop up. Look out for Dennis (Alec Baldwin) and Lonny’s (Russell Brand) duet, not to mention the monkey.
There’s one or two minor (and I mean really minor) plot pitfalls where you see Sherrie applying for jobs in a fantastic 80’s montage. When you see what she declines because of how she’s treated, then see what job she ends up taking – you wonder why she bothered. The other being Russell Brands fading Liverpudlian accent. However these are so minor that it’s easily laughed off when you see the following scenes.
With huge names like Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise all mixed together it’s extremely easy to think it’s been loaded with big names to cushion the fall of the film. However this negativity can be left at the Bourbon Room door, Sherrie and Drew did after all and they seemed to have done alright! If you love 80’s rock and a bit of comedy – it is definitely worth a look, or three.
Rock of Ages is out in UK cinemas on 15 June.
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