Saturday, 16 June 2012

Movie Review: Rock Of Ages (2012)

Directed by Adam Shankman and starring Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta Jones, Rock of Ages is a fun musical set in Los Angeles in the year 1987. The plot follows Sherrie (Hough) a 'smalltown girl' from Oklahoma who travels to Los Angeles to follow her dreams of becoming a star. Here she meets Drew (Boneta), a 'city boy', who gets her a job at the notorious Bourbon Room run by Dennis Dupree (Alex Baldwin) and Lonny (Russel Brand) where Stacee Jaxx (Played by Tom Cruise) is set to play a gig.

The film is light-hearted and pretty tongue-in-cheek, especially when it comes to the protesters who are against 'hateful' rock music because it 'promotes sex'. Catherine Zeta Jones really shines as Patricia Whitmore, wife to the city's mayor and chief criticiser with her over the top arguments and crazy eyes (and leg kicks!).

The storyling follows the blossoming relationship between Sherrie and Drew as the both struggle to persue their aspirations of becoming famous singers while also documenting the highs and lows of performing and running a rock bar.

One of the highlights of the movie was definitely the 80s vibe which manifested itself in funky outfits and great hair (I'm talking perms!).

My favorite scene was at the climax of the stand-off between the rockers and the protesters. It resulted in an amazing mash-up where the protesters were singing We Built This City by Starship while the protesters were singing We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister.

Overall I would definitely reccomend this film to anyone who loves musicals and also to those who are looking for a bit of light-hearted comedy, however, it's definitely not one to be dragging your boyfriend along to see!


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