Review: Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

  • Starring:  Julianne Hough (Footloose), Diego Boneta (Mean Girls 2), and Tom Cruise (Top Gun).
  • Directed by: Adam Shankman
  • Synopsis: “”Rock of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more.” (Official Movie Page)
  • Rated: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drinking, and language
  • Trailer:

Movie stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, and Kevin Nash, along with a few actual rockstar legends (Sebastian Bach, Kevin Cronin, and more) all play second fiddle to the two rather unknown leads of this musical based off of the Broadway production of the same name. Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta somewhat amateurishly take the lead in this blast from the past musical drama about a small town girl who moves to Hollywood to be a star. It plays a lot like a song I know.

You’ve heard and seen the story a thousand times, and trust me, you won’t care about it in this movie either. But, what you will care about is where you stored your guitar from your copy of Guitar Hero for your XBox360 that you don’t play anymore! It will make want to grab it and “rock out” right along with the movie. Go ahead, feel free to grab your LPs, your cassettes, your cds, your mp3 players and get transported right back into the 80’s! The leg warmers, the mullets, the music! What a fun JOURNEY into the past.

Enjoy some hair raising songs and scenes in Rock of Ages

You will feel like less and less of a FOREIGNER the more and more you find yourself singing along to the songs of the film. It really is less of a movie and more of a ballad and music video tribute to the songs of rock and roll. With the unknowns as leads among tons of “a-listers”, there is plenty of enjoyable rocking out to the 80s that might make you DEF. LEPPARD print clothes, fanny packs, and leather pants will have your attention far more than the plot in and of itself!

But, aside from the music (which, it surprised me by including some songs that weren’t just “Rock and roll”), is there anything else that makes this movie worth watching? That’s the real question, isn’t it? And here is the real answer:

Sure, I guess.

Some of the other good aspects of this film: Tom Cruise as rocker Stacee Jaxx! He obviously channeled a little bit of Bret Michaels, Axl Rose, and Keith Richards in this role. Cruise continues to show that he has a knack for comedy (see Tropic Thunder) and plays Stacee Jaxx with great fun.

Another great part of this film: the style, continuity, and nostalgic presentation. I was surprised by some of the directions the film took, but all of it remained rather forgettable aside from Tom Cruise and the music. Oh, and Catherine Zeta-Jones really looked like she had some fun in her role.

While I truly could’ve done without the leads, their story (didn’t really care), and their singing (Julianne Hough’s voice is less mature and “rocker” and more “rocking in the cradle”), the movie focuses on what it advertises itself to be: A fun time with people who just want to “put another dime in the jukebox, baby!”

See it! Sing it! and then, Forget it!

Score:  1.5 out of 5 stars for Rock of Ages (Points only for some awesome music and Tom Cruise, that’s all.)

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

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  1. Was this a fun review just to see how many puns you could fit in to one post? (I especially enjoyed the Def Leppard one!)
    I thought the music was pretty much the only thing that made me want to carry on watching the film. Although I am a sucker for a love story and even though, like you say, I’ve heard and seen it a thousand times before I enjoyed the romantic storyline of the two main leads. I did, however, think it was unfortunate that the film was largely marketed on Tom Cruise’s involvement and he didn’t feature nearly as much as he should have. Some of the other actors I thought were disappointing as well (Catherine Zeta Jones the main culprit). I
    I agree with your final rating though “points only for awesome music” – without the soundtrack Rock of Ages fails on all levels.


  2. Nice job working in the band names. 😀

    It seems like even the positive reviews of this are saying the main characters aren’t interesting at all. Really sounds like the music’s the only reason to go, and since I have all those songs on my MP3 list anyway….


    • ha. thanks Morgan. It was fun.

      ah, seems like you are a fan of good music! It still might be fun to see the performances of it and how they integrate it into the movie’s story, but you won’t lose anything by missing out and just listening to the originals either!


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