Rock & Roll Will Never Die?
Rock of Ages
Review by Ross Anthony

Exceeded expectations. Sort of a "Grease" for the 80's. Oh, dare me, do I need to say 1980's? These are the iconic songs of my youth, songs that were radio-played over and over, or as Drew says in a very funny moment (but only if you know the Journey tune to which he refers) "on and on." Nonetheless, I liked a lot of them -- or at least their hooks. This production not only re-produced them well, but in some cases, better than the originals. At times, two hits are combined here making for rich dialogue-in-song cinematic moments. Speaking of which, the singing voices are amazing. The two leads can belt. And was that really Tom Cruise's voice? If so, I want to know which software was used to help out.

Hough, Boneta Yes it's campy, but in a self-aware way, and after all, it is a musical. Lots of energy, lots of costumes, lots of dance, spunk, music, and fun, a great cast, and to my surprise, a good sense of humor.

Rock and Roll but without the sex and drugs. The sex is implied, at times, in such a direct manner that the implication surely bests something cheaper and showier. Anyway, the film uses kissing as a pretty close replacement. And as for the drugs refreshingly none nada. (I don't even recall anyone smoking.) Alcohol, on the other hand, loads of that.

As it turned out, I happened to have recently netflicksed "Pirate Radio" (fell below expectations). "Rock of Ages" is far more fun, musical and cohesive. Sure, the main plot line has been played as often as the tunes in the score, still, the originality of the dialogue, musical arrangements and especially Cruise's character (and performance) keeps the picture crisp and fresh.

-- Books by Ross Anthony, Author/Illustrator --

  • Rock of Ages. Copyright © 2012.
  • Starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise. Directed by Adam Shankman. Written by Chris D'Arienzo. New Line Cinema.

Grade..........................A- (2.5/4)

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