Rock of Ages (2012)
Directed By: Adam Shankman
Written By: Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, Alan Loeb,
Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russel Brand, Paul Giamatti, Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman
Reviewed By: Adam Griffith
Method Viewed: HBO Go
Rock of Ages, much like hair metal music in the 80’s is a semi-hard, rocking, stupid, good time. There I said it. Honestly, I was thinking I was gonna hate this Musical turned film, but in the end it was much better than I anticipated. The plot of this film is fairly basic. A ditzy blonde who likes to sing Sherrie (Julianne Hough) arrives in Los Angeles hoping to become a star. Of course Sherrie gets robbed within minutes of her arrival. As expected a hero/barback/aspiring musician comes to her aid, say hi to Drew (Diego Boneta). Drew manages to convince his boss Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) to give Sherrie a job at the Bourbon Room on Sunset Strip.
As expected our star crossed lovers develop some issues and fall in and out of love. Will they Drew and Sherrie end up together in the end after all of their trials and tribulations? Come on now I don’t even have to tell you the answer to that question. Lots of sub plots going on in this twisted (sister) tale. Sorry I could not resist throwing that in there. The Bourbon Room has not been paying its taxes. A right-wing politician Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) wants to close the place down as it is ruining young kids minds, with raunchy rock n roll music.
Enter Tom Cruise, I mean Stacee Jaxx and his sleazy manager Paul Gill (Paul Giamatti). Now I am not the biggest Tom Cruise fan, lets face it, dude is one freaky midget. However, he really brings his A game with this performance as a stoned out, self absorbed, leather pants wearing rocker. He steals every scene that he is in, with this memorable performance. Anyhow Jaxx agrees to play a show at the Bourbon Room where he got his start back in the day. Big shocker things don’t go as planned. Man this script will really keep you guessing.
Did I mention that Stacee Jaxx has a monkey in his entourage? I can’t lie I F’ing love me some monkeys. Now this is no run of the mill pet monkey. This furry little dude is named Hey Man and he not only wears various costumes but he can also tend bar. How great is that? Unfortunately, even after watching Hey Man in this film, my wife is still adamant that I cannot get a pet monkey.
Terribly predictable plot aside this film is still quite entertaining. Is it a good film? No I can’t honestly say this is a good movie. However, it is worth watching. What makes this film palatable is the great cheesy hair metal soundtrack. Those viewers of a certain age will most assuredly enjoy this portion of the film. The film includes hits by such acts as Sister Christiain, Def Leppard, Poison, Journey and many many more. You are probably gonna end up singing along with this ludicrous soundtrack of spandex quasi-metal.
Hey Man make mine a double please.
This is the sort of film where if you just relax and don’t think too hard you are probably gonna have a good time. Sort of like the 1980’s in general. I should mention that the stars of the film are actually the ones singing all the hits that you used to listen to when you were wearing acid washed jeans and driving around in your mom’s fireo. I ended up enjoying this film way more than I thought I would, it is a nice trip down memory lane for those of that generation. For those not of the 1980’s this is a good opportunity to laugh at those who were. I am giving this film two Hey Man’s cause he is the coolest monkey around.