Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 1112 - Rock of Ages

A lounge room rock musical 

Yesterday Derek surprised me with a copy of Rock of Ages, the new rock n' roll movie starring Tom Cruise.  If you've been reading me for a while you'll know I am an 80s rock chick.  Rock of Ages did not disappoint.

I can't wait to see this as a stage musical in Australia because it will definitely give "Rock You" a run for its money.

I saw the Queen based musical "Rock You" about ten years ago and it has remained my favourite ever since. But if the musical gurus can take "Rock of Ages" to the stage then I may finally get the opportunity to move on.

The movie is about a small town girl and a city boy who meet on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.  We watch them as they fall in love, gain success, hit the skids, break up, move forward again and get back together.  In the background we see a subplot of an aging rocker, a struggling club owner, a promiscuous mayor and his uptight wife.

I'm actually not a fan of Tom Cruise.  In fact, I don't particularly like him.  But seeing him as Stacee Jaxx may have just turned me around.  We're used to seeing Tom in serious roles or something a bit action orientated.  He played the role of an over sexed alcoholic muso to a "T".  The story line of the movie is predictable (except for the bit where Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand fall in love ... I didn't see that coming).  But the music, dancing and the trip down an 80s memory lane more than made up for it.  I truly wish we had surround sound because the music and vocals were fantastic.  Oh, and the pole dancers in the movie ... AMAZING! Having done a short course in pole dancing, I can tell you, it ain't easy and it can really knock your body around. So yeah, I thought they were pretty cool.

Tom Cruise sang all his own songs which added to my newly acquired admiration.  Apparently when Director Adam Shankman first heard him sing he started "screaming and jumping like a 15 year old girl" he was so excited by the performance.  I can believe it. I did my fair share of jumping about myself last night.  

Warning: This is a musical rather than a movie. They start singing and dancing right from the start so be sure you're up for that before you buy it. 

1 comment :

  1. I was more into the UK indie type stuff - think The Cure, The Smiths etc al, with a dose of electronica eg New Order on the side. The West Coast rock thing wasn't my scene but this film does look like great fun. Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand? I need a shower after reading that eeeeeew!


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