Tonight a group of us went to see the movie Rock of Ages. I should preface this by saying I really enjoyed the movie and laughed more than I thought I would.
Having said that I don’t know that we were supposed to laugh as much as we did.
I thought Tom Cruise did a good job (not great but good) as Stacee Jax but I don’t buy him as the sexy Rock God that makes girls swoon with a look. I’m not sure who he was trying to channel, it seemed like a mix of Jagger, Flea and Axel Rose. Which I have to say hold no appeal for me. I feel they could have gotten someone who would appeal to a larger variety of people. Like Jon Bon Jovi used to. When I was in high school in the 80’s it didn’t matter what music you liked or what type of guy appealed to you practically every girl I knew thought Bon Jovi was sexy.
And I feel like they may have been able to find a better Sherrie. I like Julianne Hough but her voice reminds me of what I hear in musicals from the 40’s and 50’s when girls sang in those pure bell like tones very sweet sounding with none of the rough and grit you need from a rock singer.
Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Amanda Seyfried heck even an unknown might have pulled it off better.
I had gone into this thinking it would be a great musical, something I could sing along with seeing as the soundtrack is that of my teen years and to some degree I could but I really didn’t want to. I had thought that this could maybe some day be like singalong Sound of Music or Rocky Horror Picture Show or Mama Mia!, I don’t see that happening. For some reason they state that the time is 1987 they could have left that statement out especially since the songs are from many different years within the 80’s.
There were some good parts to the movie.
Russell Brand plays the perennial Russell Brand character which is always good for a laugh and I must say he was part of the only real surprise in the movie, which looking back on it shouldn’t have come as a surprise but it did.
Catherine Zeta Jones did a great job both as the pious righteous character and with her singing.
New comer Diego Boneta is absolutely believable as Rock Star Wanna Be and good looking enough to pull it off.
Mary J Blige certainly holds her own as well.
Despite the things that I wish they might have done differently (like why they named the main female lead Sherrie but didn’t sing Oh Sherrie) I did have a good time watching this movie and I will certainly add it to my collection, however it will not be watched as much as some of the others are. And when I want to listen to these songs I will load my 80’s rock playlist onto my Ipod instead of reaching for the soundtrack.
I saw a review on IMDB that says this movie is comparable to Grease in that Grease was a good representation of high school in the 60’s. I don’t buy it. You can not compare this movie to Grease. While it may become a cult favourite it does not have the clout and appeal of Grease. Nor does it necessarily represent the 80’s. Where was all the hair? The blue eye shadow? Why did Sherrie’s hair remind me of Fara Fawcett from Charlie’s Angels which is classic 70’s?
Good for a laugh, good for a trip down memory lane but not great. I’d give it 3 film reels out of 5.
A few of my favourite moments:
-When Sherrie (Julianne Hough) says that she sings better than she dances.
-When Sherrie is standing in a record store and beside or behind her you see the original Footloose album.
-The church ladies singing and dancing to Hit Me With Your Best Shot.