Movie Review: Rock of Ages

I’m going to pretend you care what movies I watch, and what I think about them.

While being deployed, the hubbs had the opportunity to watch a few movies, so last night we hit up our Red Box for Rock of Ages, which he insisted I would love. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you read no further until you have seen it for yourself, as I will surely give something away.

In a word: Wow.

As a Gleek and lover of all things musical, I figured there would be an element of corny. I mean, c’mon, it’s a musical, it’s practically a given! But, while watching it last night, I kept covering my face thinking, “Oh my, they didn’t just do that, did they?!” But then a minute later I would find myself laughing and singing word-for word every single song.

Think train wreck. You know you shouldn’t look, but you just can’t help it. That’s Rock of Ages.

There is some really mediocre, cringe-inducing acting, and there is some fully committed astonishing acting. Not necessarily Academy Award winning, but I have a new level of respect (for lack of a better word) for the guts it must have taken Tom Cruise to play that role. I might add that he has a much better voice than anticipated. It takes some serious cojones to rock out Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”  with abandon.

And he did indeed rock it.

As a child of the 80’s, it is always a good time to relive the music and the fashion of the decade. Mad props to the costume designer, Rita Ryack, as she NAILED the feel of the “in your face/loud/tacky but owning it” essence of the period – spot on. The hair – perfection. Almost made me want to wear a side pony with arched bangs today, but I was sadly all out of Aqua Net. The music was fantastic and captured the decade well. Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin did not disappoint, either.

Overall, it’s a good flick, but not one I would want to shell out theater ticket prices for. If you are a lover of the drama of the 80’s, you’ll dig this movie. My hubbs detests musicals with almost every fiber of his being, but he enjoyed this one. So much so, that he watched it again with me!

I’m off to rock my acid washed jeans, banana clip, and play some AC/DC.




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