Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rock of Ages Review

Last night I slipped away from the house for a little girl's night with a friend and saw the movie Rock of Ages.  It stars Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and a host of other actors.  It's based on a super popular Broadway musical that showcases the music of the 80s.  I'm talking hair metal, hair spray and hair raising tunes.  The story is one that has been done in various forms before: girl leaves small town for the big city with big dreams of becoming a star but encounters obstacles along the way.  Regardless, I love an underdog story.  And one where the characters randomly bust out into song? Even better!
It has been a while since I've seen a musical and this one was fun because almost every song was instantly recognizable.  Well, for this child of the 80s anyway;)  There's everything from Whitesnake, Journey, Bon Jovi and countless others.  
It's a bit on the cheesy side, but isn't that the beauty of a musical?   It's a bit over the top cheesy in parts.  Catherine Zeta Jones, I'm looking at you.  Russell Brand definitely provides some comic relief, as expected.  Tom Cruise as the heart-throb lead singer was actually much better than I expected.  He sure committed to being the slick, dirty, 80s star well!  I love Diego Boneta as the male lead character.  I've never heard of him before, but he's obviously going to be a star!  
Rock of Ages is a fun, romp down memory lane for anyone who grew up with 80s music. 
Click here to see the trailer!
What movies have you seen lately?  I'm always looking for recommendations:)  

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