|Reviewed on 2012-06-15|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Drama / Musical|
| There is no denying that “Rock of Ages” is a full on musical, but the heavy metal songs belted out from the 80's make it easier to swallow. As any typical Hollywood story goes you have the small town girl who moves to the big city to pursue her dream of being a famous singer. Sherrie (Julianne Hough) is quickly introduced to the faults of a big city when she is mugged and rescued by Drew (Diego Boneta). Drew takes the innocent Sherrie under his wing and even gets her a job at the infamous Bourbon Room, where it seems that rock was invented.
The pair begin a dulling love affair that quickly bores, but eventually they are on the back burner to make way for the true star Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). Stacee a heavy metal rocker who seems to be coming to the end of his career as the drugs and alcohol paired with a shitty manager consume any ability to continue his success. That is until his eyes are opened to his current demise by Constance Sack (Malin Akerman), a Rolling Stone reporter who takes her hard hitting questions a little too serious.
Meanwhile the Bourbon Room is facing their own issues as Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta Jones), the mayor's wife, is on a mission to shut it down. Determined to put an end to the sex and rock and roll and what she calls “taking Satan off the streets” she puts her task force into place and begins protesting the Bourbon Room. In the end her actions are not all innocent as her dark secrets are revealed.
The surprising tale is that of Bourbon Room manager Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and fellow employee Lonny (Russell Brand). It is an intriguing and charismatic story that details should be kept to a minimum to not give it away. What I can tell you is that the scenes with Baldwin and Brand were hilarious and some of my favorite moments in the film.
“Rock of Ages” is not for everyone. The performances were good. Tom Cruise was impressive as the struggling singer trying to find his way back to reality. Julianne Hough was average, but her singing and talking voice seemed too animated. Russell Brand as usual was a comedy highlight and made a great addition to the film. The music was enjoyable. I forgot how many songs from this decade were true favorites and how even after many years the lyrics are still right there in your head to sing along to. If you want to enjoy the aqua net hair and the heavy metal hit the theaters and rock out with “Rock of Ages”. You won't be disappointed.