Rock of Ages
Movie review by Lauren
I saw Rock of Ages the Musical live and LOVED it. It's one of my favorites. Just like Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages is a musical where you go in knowing most - if not all- the songs. You get classic hits from the likes of Journey, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and more.
As for the movie...well, the musical is my favorite out of the two versions, but I did highly enjoy the film and it's something I would definitely see again. I was a bit weirded out for awhile that Tom Cruise was playing crazy rocker Stacee Jaxx, but he actualy did a good job. Maybe it would have been better to have a lesser-known actor play Stacee, but I think Cruise pulled it off and his singing voice was awesome. Kudos to him.
I saw the movie wiith my mom and sister, and afterwards, my mom commented that Julianne Hough (she plays country girl Sherrie who comes to Hollywood to sing) isn't really an actor, but she has a good voice. While Hough is an actor, of course, I can see what she means. Her voice was nice and overall, she did a good job, but she really is a better singer/dancer than an actress.
However, I was really blown away by the other lead, Diego Boneta (who played rocker Drew). Personally, I think he's an awesome actor and he has an really amazing voice. He is one I'd be on the lookout for in future projects. I also liked that he was relatively unknown before this role. It worked out well, because I could get lost in the idea that Drew was real.
The rest of the cast was awesome. Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin were a lot of fun, Catherine Zeta-Jones is one kick-ass singer, Mary J. Blige played the perfect part, and Paul Giamatti played a crazy, typically selfish manager...but I liked that the artists didn't always let him get away with things. At least not for long.
Overall, if you're interested in this movie, I would go and check it out. One of my favorite musical numbers was "Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi...sung by Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) in the film. I thought it was done really well, and I just love that song. Plus, it does give you an insight into Jaxx's life...which is cool!
Random Fact: Constantine Maroulis, who originated the role of Drew on Broadway, makes a cameo appearance in the film...with an amusing line and everything!
Final Say: It's full of over-the-top characters singing classic rock songs...blended together in one wild romp of a film!