Rock of Ages (2012) Review
Sherrie was just a small town girl . . . living in a lonely world and Drew was just a city boy . . . Ok you see where I am going with that, don’t stop believing!
Rock of Ages is a very successful musical which has enjoyed runs on Broadway and in the West End. It’s very popular and with plenty of well-known classic rock songs from start to finish. But the way the songs are worked into the story makes it flow along very nicely.
If you have read my blog before you will know that I am a massive fan of movie musicals. I just think they always manage to be fun and make you feel happy when watching them. I found this to be very entertaining and I wanted to sing-along with the songs I have loved over the years. The story or plot of the film is not very complicated or complex. We have Drew and Sherrie giving us the love story which is from the very start of the film. Stacee Jaxx the difficult and very strange rock star who we hear so much about before actually seeing, and let’s face it we are not disappointed. We have Patti the new majors wife who want’s to clean up the strip and get rid of rock music.
The songs are just brilliantly performed and put together in such a brilliant way to help show the characters feelings and this makes a brilliant start to the film when all of the people on the bus join in with the first song! (Don’t you sometimes just wish your life was a musical and everyone burst out into song)
I was looking forward to this film for seeing one of my favorite actresses back on the big screen and in a musical, Catherine Zeta Jones. Seeing her belt out Hit Me With Your Best Shot with the dance to go with it is just a fantastic part of the film. I just wish she had more screen time and more songs!
Tom Cruise had to be the biggest surprise in this film, I was shocked when I heard about him being cast as a rock star and had no idea what to expect from it. But he was fantastic, his versions of Paradise City, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Wanted Dead or Alive and I Want To Know What Love Is are just amazing. If you just listened to the songs and didn’t know who was singing you wouldn’t guess it was Mr Cruise.
I thought the rest of the cast were really good in their roles as well, very well cast for the parts. The two younger lovers Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough put in brilliant performances, I don’t remember seeing either of them in any other films either. Russell Brand added a big comedy value along with the Baboon which was always with Stacee Jaxx.
I really do think this is a very enjoyable film going experience and even more so if you’re a rock music fan. Remember don’t stop believing!