Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rock of Ages Review

Wow, this is a musical with all the 80's music that you can sing along with. Surprisingly, this non serious musical is actually very good. The music mashups with all the songs you can sing along with is infact very enjoyable.

Tom Cruise as Stacec Jaxx is simply amazing. Somehow the weird story woven together makes everything even more fun.

I really liked the songs in this movie.

They include,

"Paradise City" – Tom Cruise
"Sister Christian" / "Just Like Paradise" / "Nothin' but a Good Time" – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
"Juke Box Hero" / "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" – Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" – Catherine Zeta-Jones
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" – Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough
"More Than Words" / "Heaven" – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta
"Wanted Dead or Alive" – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough
"I Want to Know What Love Is" – Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman
"I Wanna Rock" – Diego Boneta
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" – Tom Cruise
"Harden My Heart" – Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige
"Shadows of the Night" / "Harden My Heart" – Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough
"Here I Go Again" – Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise
"Can't Fight This Feeling" – Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
"Any Way You Want It" – Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis, Julianne Hough
"Undercover Love" – Diego Boneta
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" – Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise
"We Built This City" / "We're Not Gonna Take It" – Russell Brand / Catherine Zeta-Jones
"Don't Stop Believin'" - Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige

Shockingly, this movie has no shortage of movie stars.

Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian, the female protagonist who works as a waitress at The Bourbon Room but wants to be an actress.
Diego Boneta as Drew Boley, the male protagonist who works as a busboy at The Bourbon Room but dreams of being a rock star.
Russell Brand as Lonny Barnett, the narrator of the story, the manager of The Bourbon Room and a close friend of Dennis.
Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree, the owner of The Bourbon Room and a close friend of Lonny.
Bryan Cranston as Mike Whitmore, the Mayor of Los Angeles. Replaces the character of Franz from the musical.
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Patricia Whitmore, Mike's wife and the main antagonist who wants to shut down The Bourbon Room.
Replaces the character of Hertz from the musical.
Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, the lead singer of Arsenal. He is Drew Boley's idol.
Kevin Nash as Stacee Jaxx's body guard.
Mary J. Blige as Justice Charlier, the owner of The Venus Club.
Paul Giamatti as Paul Gill
Malin Ã…kerman as Constance Sack
Will Forte as Mitch Miley
Anya Garnis as Destiny
Constantine Maroulis, Kidus Henok, Sebastian Bach, Nuno Bettencourt, and Porcelain Black will feature in various cameos throughout the film.

Watch out for Alex Baldwin and Russell Brand's song in the middle of the movie. It is simply hilarious.

This movie is must watch, but remember, bring lots of friends!

Overall, 9/10

-- Robin Low

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