Review: Rock of Ages
At over two hours long, ‘Rock of Ages’ is a bloated, scattered movie. With too many characters in half-baked story lines and about 5 songs too many, it’s not for the inattentive or disintered. And yet, ‘Rock of Ages’ succeeds at being a silly, campy, and disposable musical, which is all it’s trying to be. 
The film follows the most rudimentary of plots, going as far as to start with a plucky, small town upstart getting off the bus in LA, and diverting our attention with the plan to shut down a popular rock venue. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before and it has more  in common with ‘Hairspray’ than just hairspray (wich was also directed by Adam Shankman). In the long run, the 60s version, with original songs, is more enjoyable as it fully embraces its camp and self awareness, but ‘Rock of Ages’ certainly gives it a go. It never gets to fully-committed, fantastical level of ‘Hairspray’, but boy, does it try. 
'Rock of Ages' is never as funny as it hopes it is. The A-listers are hamming it up (to various degrees of success), and while there are a handful laughs, it's not consistently comical. That's not to say they don't work for it. It never fails to amaze me at how committed Tom Cruise can be. Russell Brand's timing adds a ton, as does Alec Baldwin's, and bit parts from Bryan Cranston (who gives another underwear appearanc), TJ Miller, and Will Forte help a lot. Miller in particular is effortlessly funny where the rest are trying a bit too hard (for only one 2 minute scene). On the other hand, it relies a bit too heavily on a monkey for laughs. 
When it comes to the music, you get what you pay for. Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough do a fine job carrying the load of the tunes (and there are a lot of them). The songs are undeniably rousing and catchy, and they work well in the setting. If you’re a fan of musicals there’s absolutely no reason you won’t like the abundant use of music in ‘Rock of Ages’, even when it’s completely superfluous. The more comfortable you are with the fact that it’s a jukebox musical, the easier it will all go down. 
For a movie with a lot of suggestive sexual content, I am astounded that there isn’t an inch of cocaine to be found. How could you do a movie set in the hair metal scene of the 80s, at a rock club in Los Angeles, featuring the managers, barbacks, waitresses, rock stars, fans, strippers, and groupies of it all, and not even reference that drug. It makes no sense. I understand that the thing needed to be PG-13, but it really hurt the authenticity of the genre they’re trying to homage. At least, give it a subtle nod or indication that it’s around. What kind of bizarro-alternative, cocaine-less 1980s does this movie take place in? (Also by the movie’s rules, Journey doesn’t exist. I don’t know.)
While there are many more nitpicky flaws to call out, such as Mary J Blige’s character being nothing but a plot device who inexplicably sings group songs, in the end it’s not really worth it. ‘Rock of Ages’ is an often-times fun musical with several highlights and a good amount to like. Unfortunately, never enough to love.

Review: Rock of Ages

At over two hours long, ‘Rock of Ages’ is a bloated, scattered movie. With too many characters in half-baked story lines and about 5 songs too many, it’s not for the inattentive or disintered. And yet, ‘Rock of Ages’ succeeds at being a silly, campy, and disposable musical, which is all it’s trying to be. 

The film follows the most rudimentary of plots, going as far as to start with a plucky, small town upstart getting off the bus in LA, and diverting our attention with the plan to shut down a popular rock venue. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before and it has more  in common with ‘Hairspray’ than just hairspray (wich was also directed by Adam Shankman). In the long run, the 60s version, with original songs, is more enjoyable as it fully embraces its camp and self awareness, but ‘Rock of Ages’ certainly gives it a go. It never gets to fully-committed, fantastical level of ‘Hairspray’, but boy, does it try. 

'Rock of Ages' is never as funny as it hopes it is. The A-listers are hamming it up (to various degrees of success), and while there are a handful laughs, it's not consistently comical. That's not to say they don't work for it. It never fails to amaze me at how committed Tom Cruise can be. Russell Brand's timing adds a ton, as does Alec Baldwin's, and bit parts from Bryan Cranston (who gives another underwear appearanc), TJ Miller, and Will Forte help a lot. Miller in particular is effortlessly funny where the rest are trying a bit too hard (for only one 2 minute scene). On the other hand, it relies a bit too heavily on a monkey for laughs. 

When it comes to the music, you get what you pay for. Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough do a fine job carrying the load of the tunes (and there are a lot of them). The songs are undeniably rousing and catchy, and they work well in the setting. If you’re a fan of musicals there’s absolutely no reason you won’t like the abundant use of music in ‘Rock of Ages’, even when it’s completely superfluous. The more comfortable you are with the fact that it’s a jukebox musical, the easier it will all go down. 

For a movie with a lot of suggestive sexual content, I am astounded that there isn’t an inch of cocaine to be found. How could you do a movie set in the hair metal scene of the 80s, at a rock club in Los Angeles, featuring the managers, barbacks, waitresses, rock stars, fans, strippers, and groupies of it all, and not even reference that drug. It makes no sense. I understand that the thing needed to be PG-13, but it really hurt the authenticity of the genre they’re trying to homage. At least, give it a subtle nod or indication that it’s around. What kind of bizarro-alternative, cocaine-less 1980s does this movie take place in? (Also by the movie’s rules, Journey doesn’t exist. I don’t know.)

While there are many more nitpicky flaws to call out, such as Mary J Blige’s character being nothing but a plot device who inexplicably sings group songs, in the end it’s not really worth it. ‘Rock of Ages’ is an often-times fun musical with several highlights and a good amount to like. Unfortunately, never enough to love.

"I really need to see that on a giant screen," said no one.

entertainmentweekly:

Another EW exclusive! Get ready to rock out with Rock of Ages, a jukebox musical hitting theaters on June 15. Here’s what you can expect to hear in the film:
1.  “Paradise City” – Tom Cruise 2.  “Sister Christian” / “Just Like Paradise” / “Nothin’ But A Good Time” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin 3.  “Juke Box Hero” / “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough 4.  “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Catherine Zeta-Jones 5.  “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough 6.  “More Than Words” / “Heaven” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta 7.  “Wanted Dead Or Alive” – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough 8.  “I Want To Know What Love Is” – Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman 9.  “I Wanna Rock” – Diego Boneta 10.  “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise 11.  “Harden My Heart” – Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige 12.  “Shadows of the Night” / “Harden My Heart” – Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough 13.  “Here I Go Again” – Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise, 14.  “Can’t Fight This Feeling” – Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin 15.  “Any Way You Want It” – Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis, Julianne Hough 16.  “Undercover Love” – Diego Boneta 17.  “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige 18.  “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise 19.  “We Built This City” / “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Russell Brand / Catherine Zeta-Jones 20.  “Don’t Stop Believin’”- Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige

entertainmentweekly:

Another EW exclusive! Get ready to rock out with Rock of Ages, a jukebox musical hitting theaters on June 15. Here’s what you can expect to hear in the film:

1.  “Paradise City” – Tom Cruise
2.  “Sister Christian” / “Just Like Paradise” / “Nothin’ But A Good Time” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
3.  “Juke Box Hero” / “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough
4.  “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Catherine Zeta-Jones
5.  “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough
6.  “More Than Words” / “Heaven” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta
7.  “Wanted Dead Or Alive” – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough
8.  “I Want To Know What Love Is” – Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman
9.  “I Wanna Rock” – Diego Boneta
10.  “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise
11.  “Harden My Heart” – Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige
12.  “Shadows of the Night” / “Harden My Heart” – Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough
13.  “Here I Go Again” – Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise,
14.  “Can’t Fight This Feeling” – Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
15.  “Any Way You Want It” – Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis, Julianne Hough
16.  “Undercover Love” – Diego Boneta
17.  “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige
18.  “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise
19.  “We Built This City” / “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Russell Brand / Catherine Zeta-Jones
20.  “Don’t Stop Believin’”- Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige

New Trailer: Rock of Ages - June 15

Can Tom Cruise sing? I’m not sold. 

(Source: youtube.com)

New Image: Rock of Ages | Collider

New Image: Rock of AgesCollider

Poster: Rock of Ages | Collider
This makes it look like Guitar Hero the movie. (Which it kind of is).

Poster: Rock of Ages | Collider

This makes it look like Guitar Hero the movie. (Which it kind of is).

Trailer: Rock of Ages - June 1, 2012

Directed by Adam Shankman, starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, and Mary J. Blige.

Definitely grittier than I thought it would be. Can’t say I’m turned off. I could see this being a big hit.

(via Moviefone)

First Look at Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages | Movieline
Set Photo: A Long-Haired Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand in Rock of Ages | Vulture

Thus the problem with endless announcements about your casting months ahead of production and release.

Akerman will play Constance the journalist writing a piece on Cruise’s Stacee Jaxx. And hopefully thus ends the exhausting weekly casting news about Rock of Ages. I’m already over this movie.

He’s in talks to play the mayor. But the question is, can he sing?