Film review: Rock of Ages

Get ready to clap your hands, nod your head and mouth the words to your favourite classic rock songs in Rock of Ages, the film version of the highly popular stage play.

Set in 1987, Rock of Ages is the story of small town girl, Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who travels to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a singer and Drew (Diego Boneta), a city boy working in a Rock bar who also wants to live out his dream of becoming a rock God. The couple meet and immediately, they are in love. Meanwhile the bar Drew works in, is close to closing down and Dennis (Alec Baldwin) and Lonny (Russell Brand) are doing all they can to save rock and roll from the team of Christian women (headed by Catherine Zeta Jones) who are trying to shut it down.

The love story between Drew and Sherrie is sickly sweet and almost becomes too much but then Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) steps in. Cruise playing a drunken, sleezy rock God may be his best role yet. The girls faint, kiss him and sleep with him, the ultimate roll model for every wannabe rockstar. Stacee unintentionally makes things to go sour between Drew and Sherrie, causing them to go their separate ways and proving it’s not as easy to achieve your dreams as you first hoped.

As you can tell, the story isn’t brilliant but boy does the rest of the film make up for it. Not only does it contain some of the best rock songs of all time including: I love rock n’ roll, Sister Christian, Don’t stop believing and We build this city, the acting, singing and dancing are all incredible. The two lead singers, Drew and Sherrie have amazing voices and really pack an emotional punch. Rock of Ages also does a great job of mixing several songs together at once as well as intertwining each of the characters separate stories and backgrounds to keep the audience interested.

Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx and his baboon, Heyman, definitely steal the show. Stacee is effortlessly cool and sexy but has also gone a bit bonkers, certainly the star of the show. But Baldwin and Brand are also fantastic as the club owners, it’s the perfect role for Brand and I guarantee even if you usually hate him, you’ll laugh at him in this.

Catherine Zeta Jones has some great parts too – especially “Hit me with your best shot” where you see her singing and dancing in a church doing some incredibly high kicks. Props to you girl!

Rock of Ages is a great summer film for all the family and for anyone who’s a fan of classic rock. It’s funny, it’s sexy and it will have you singing along for days after you’ve seen it.

Rock of Ages is out this Wednesday.

4/5

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