Rock of Ages

"Very Good"

Rock of Ages Review


This raucous trawl through 80s power ballads, rock anthems and gigantic hair is a lot of fun, partly because it throws so many big stars into against-type roles in which they get to sing and dance. But the plot couldn't be any thinner or it wouldn't exist at all.

Small-town girl Sherrie (Hough) takes the bus to 1987 Hollywood to become a rock star. There she meets Drew (Boneta), who has the same dream and works in the famed Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip. He convinces the owner (Baldwin) to hire her as a barmaid just as diva-rocker Stacee Jaxx (Cruise) comes to play a major gig. Buzzing around him are a Rolling Stone journalist (Akerman) wanting an interview and a right-winger (Zeta-Jones) trying to protect the children from the evils of rock-n-roll.

Sherrie and Drew's central plot merges romantic-comedy cliches with every hackneyed star-wannabe movie ever made. In fact, the same narrative is actually more original in the climactic Journey anthem Don't Stop Believing, which has already been revived and beaten to death by the cast of Glee (this version is marginally better). Fortunately, the filmmakers have a lot of fun stirring big songs into the plot, constantly letting the audience know that yes, this is as ridiculous as it looks.

This sense of fun is infectious due to Shankman's energetic, colourful direction and his playful approach to the material. So the performances are surprisingly entertaining, leaving us wanting more of everyone. As the sleazy Jaxx, Cruise looks and sounds seriously impressive, while Zeta-Jones nearly bursts with righteous rage as she belts out her numbers. Baldwin and Brand prove to be an amusing duo even if their subplot is irrelevant.

In the stars' shadow, Hough and Boneta are talented yet bland leads, which leaves the film feeling vacuous. But we can still enjoy the songs, the stunt casting and some hysterically inspired choreography. And along the way, there are also several terrific mash-ups, some steamy innuendo and a scene-stealing baboon. Like Mamma Mia, it's a star-packed musical romp that keeps us singing along happily. But it's missing that staggering performance from Meryl to distract us from the lame plot.



Rock of Ages

Facts and Figures

Run time: 123 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th June 2012

Box Office USA: $38.5M

Budget: $75M

Distributed by: New Line Cinema

Production compaines: New Line Cinema, Corner Store Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Fresh: 88 Rotten: 125

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Garrett Grant, , , Scott Prisand, ,

Starring: as Stacee Jaxx, as Mayor Mike Whitmore, as Constance Sack, as Lonny Barnett, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Patricia Whitmore, as Dennis Dupree, as Paul Gill, as Drew Boley, as Sherrie Christian, Erica Frene as Beth, as Bartender Jimmy, as Doug Flintlock, Mary J. Blige as Justice, as Mitch Miley, as Stefano

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Chips Movie Review

Chips Movie Review

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the...

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

The Salesman Movie Review

The Salesman Movie Review

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with this astute drama which, like 2011's...

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out Movie Review

Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory....

Personal Shopper Movie Review

Personal Shopper Movie Review

After winning a series of major awards for her role in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of...

Advertisement
Certain Women Movie Review

Certain Women Movie Review

In films like Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, writer-director Kelly Reichardt has told sharply...

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

After the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, the Warner Bros monsters get their own franchise,...

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Filmmaker Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham) draws on her own family history to explore...

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

With an extra dose of attitude and energy, this Irish comedy-drama hits us like a...

Logan Movie Review

Logan Movie Review

Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with...

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.