From the same guy who gave you The Pacifier, Bedtime Stories, and Cheaper By the Dozen 2, Adam Shankman offers you Rock Of Ages. ‘Nuff said. I had the urge to end the movie review right there but hey, he is also the director of such modern classics as A Walk To Remember and Hairspray, so let’s move on.
Rock Of Ages tells the story of a small town girl Sherrie and a city boy Drew (cue in that Journey song Don’t Stop Believing), who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. (Warner Bros.)
The musical premiered in 2005 on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles then it was moved to Broadway in 2009.
For a theater musical, everything should be done in a grand way, that the actors should “over-act” in order to transcend the exact feelings and emotions to the live audience–like serving milk in full glass. It’s acceptable to be O.A. on theater. However in movies, you do not have to always overdo things. As for Rock Of Ages, the milk is OVERFLOWING, more like a champagne tower.
Personally, the song sequences were too choreographed (and poorly at that), that the backup dancers were somehow fighting for the spotlight, while the main actors stood there, looking dull, while doing steps that are too rehearsed. The songs that were originally sung cheesy, becomes cheesier, resulting to a massive mockery of the classic rock tunes, as well as the whole Rock ‘N Roll Era. 4 Cheese Pizza topped with Parmesan Cheese, Cheeze Wiz, and Cheese Curls, anyone?
Hey don’t get me wrong. On the brighter side, Tom Cruise clearly and undeniably stole the show as the ROCK GOD Stacie Jaxx.
If you love Classic Rock Anthems then you’re in for a treat. I would consider this movie as the guiltiest of all guilty pleasures. Just enjoy the movie and the music. That’s all.
3.0 out of 5