Before I left to see Rock of Ages, I checked out some quick reviews. It wasn’t really going over with the critics, but I went to see it anyway.
I enjoy the rock music of the 80’s and I enjoyed the songs, and the choreography. The story was secondary, and it was pretty weak. The story took place in 1987. I also liked the costumes and the scenery.
I knew what I was in for a few minutes after it started. Julianna Hough (Sherrie Christian) starts singing on the bus to Hollywood and the other people riding along joined in. It was hokey, but cute. The poor girl gets off the bus, someone says “welcome to Hollywood,” and steals her suitcase. A little reality there.
Boneta ( Drew Boley) and Hough are the boy and girl who fall in love. They both seem pretty nerdy. You really didn’t care whether they fell in love or broke up.
Tom Cruise (Stacee Jaxx) depicted a self-centered star who drinks, drugs, and sleeps around. I’m guessing this role wasn’t a big stretch for him. He just misses with his portrayal, but it was almost on target. His singing was surprisingly good.
Juliana Hough is adorable, and has a good sweet voice. Unfortunately, she didn’t dance much except on a pole, and she didn’t really do much on it. (She used to be on Dancing With the Stars) .
Mary J. Blige has a fantastic voice, but she had a very minor role. She also had a lot of charisma for the brief time she was on the screen.
Hough was adequate as the main character who is sweet. It was familiar. She played the exact same character in the latest version of “Footloose.”
The other Julianne Moore was good as an uptight reporter who loosens up toward the middle of the movie. Her acting was the best, but that’s not saying much.
Alec Baldwin (Dennis Dupree) and Russel Brand ( Lonny) served as the comic relief. Somehow, Alec Baldwin, wasn’t that great. I couldn’t forget he was Alec Baldwin playing a role. There is a homosexual moment in the movie. Even that wasn’t that interesting.
Catherine Zeta Jones (Patricia Whitmore) over-acted, and her American accent sounded forced. To her credit she is beautiful, and she can sing and dance.
Some of the familiar songs were, “Hit Me With your best shot,” Harden My Heart, Can’t Fight This feeling, and “Anyway you Want it.” There were more songs, and I liked them all. They picked the biggest hits.
I do judge movies on whether or not I’d be willing to watch them again. Not this one.
I give it a C+. The plus is for the music.
- Rock is Ageless (jlo2000.com)
- Spoiler Alert: What’s Warm and Fuzzy Beneath All the Leather in Rock of Ages (entertainment.time.com)
- Alec Baldwin On Kissing ‘Rock Of Ages’ Co-Star Russell Brand (news.moviefone.com)