By Renee Collins

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

I hadn’t expected much when I saw this film, because I am not a big fan of movie musicals.  But, Rock of Ages pleasantly surprised me.  While it is positively over the top campy, it could not have worked any other way as far as I am concerned.

A small town girl, Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) travels to Los Angeles and lands on the Sunset Strip.  Soon she meets Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), who works in a club and helps her get a job as a waitress and they, of course, become an item while pursuing their Hollywood dreams of becoming famous rock and roll singers.

Not only, as to be expected, is the singing well done, but I was surprised that some of the supporting actors could carry a tune, for example, Paul Giamatti as music manager Paul Gill, Alex Baldwin as hippy-club owner Dennis Dupree and Russell Brand as his sidekick Lonny.  I enjoyed how two songs were sung at the same time by seamlessly transitioning between stanzas.  I enjoy mesh music and have downloaded many songs off the internet in the past.  Without a doubt, believe it or not, Tom Cruise’ portrayal of Stacee Jaxx, rock music god is fantastically done.  I suppose this film would not have been as good had he not portrayed his character with such a impressive result.  I must also mention Mary J. Blige as Justice Charlier(a strip club owner), because although her character is not that important to the overall plot I think she is a phenomenal singer and only elevated the musicality of this film.

There are no special effects to speak of in this film, but it is technically well made.  Overall, I found this film entertaining and funny.  It would be hard for most people not to sing along because I could have sung every song in this film being a teenager in the late-eighties when this film is set.  The costuming and hair styles took me back to my high-school days.  All in all, this film is a fun ride, but I still would not pay full price to see it.


Rating: 4 out of 5

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