Rock Of Ages
One Line Review:
Best Rock Musical since Tenacious D or Repo!
Where do I begin, I mean throw a stick and hit an awesome performance in this film. Well before i break the cast down for you, I think its worth saying that no-one was bad in this film, either acting or singing. Well first off Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible). Not someone I’d have cast in the role before having seen this movie, but damn he’s good. Both in the acting of the star Staciee Jaxx and in the vocal department. I think we already heard some of his vocal stylings in Tropic Thunder, but damn he’s good. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock & The Departed) is equally as awesome as the aging rock enthusiast and bar owner. Not as much singing as Cruise but still really good. Catherine Zeta Jones (The Terminal) plays the uptight rock protester who isn’t afraid to belt out a tune or two. Paul Giamonti (Win-Win & Sideways) one of my favourite actors, playing Staciee Jaxx’s manager, only one moment when sings i think, but i love him in everything he does. Malin Akerman (The Watchmen) plays the one woman who has a shot at changing Jaxx and his stubborn ways. Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek & Arthur) despite delivering an awful ‘Landan’ accent wasn’t too bad, and rather good when singing. Now the newbies, and the two lead who the story mainly arcs around, Jullianne Hough plays the female lead as a singer from the country, heading to the big city to make it big as singer, which she is really good at, and Diego Bonetta, the male lead, the city boy who helps Hough when she arrives. Worth noting that when he has long hair he kind of looks like Jason Mewes.
Ok if you haven’t figured it out by now, this is a musical, but instead of original songs, the cast sing appropriate rock songs in the same a musical would in certain parts of the plot. There isn’t much of a surprise in the plot, boy meets girl, boy looses girl and boy eventually gets girl back just in time for the end of the film. Having said that nothing in the plot made me bored at any point i was totally in, but that does happen when good music is playing. I suppose i’d better talk about the music. I personally was 50/50 between already knowing the songs the cast were singing, but even the songs i didn’t know they are sung by talented singers so keep you listening. The one problem i have with the addition of good music the audience already knows into the plot, is that when songs like “Wanted Dead Or Alive” came on, i just wanted to sing along and air guitar, but with my friends on one side and possibly attractive ladies on the other, it took all my will power to restrain myself. Rest assured when the dvd comes out i will be rocking out in my chair throughout. There is a part in the middle of the film where Drew (Diago) become a pop star and the sheer hatred and negativity surrounding the pop/rap genre is just awesome. Rock is awesome and pop (and other popular music genres today) is just manufactured rubbish for record companies to make money from idiots that listen to it.
For your viewing pleasure Im linking a list of the soundtrack (Courtasy of Copy and Pasting from Wikipedia), out Monday in the UK, already out in the USA.
- “Paradise City” – Tom Cruise
- “Sister Christian” / “Just Like Paradise” / “Nothin’ but a Good Time” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
- “Juke Box Hero” / “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough
- “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” – Catherine Zeta-Jones
- “Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough
- “More Than Words” / “Heaven” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta
- “Wanted Dead or Alive” – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough
- “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman
- “I Wanna Rock” – Diego Boneta
- “Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Tom Cruise
- “Harden My Heart” – Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige
- “Shadows of the Night” / “Harden My Heart” – Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough
- “Here I Go Again” – Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise
- “Can’t Fight This Feeling” – Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
- “Any Way You Want It” – Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis, Julianne Hough
- “Undercover Love” – Diego Boneta
- “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige
- “Rock You Like a Hurricane” – Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise
- “We Built This City” / “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Russell Brand / Catherine Zeta-Jones
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige
Recommend: If you can acknowledge this is a full on musical and like this kind of music then definitely.