‘Rock of Ages’ Review: Tom Cruise Does ‘Glee’
Is Rock of Ages undying or only tired? Maybe both. With a stellar expel and equally good performances, you’d consider all would be well. You’d be wrong. Rock of Ages reminds me of a genuine stone opera, Tommy, that was done into a film 37 years ago. Tommy was ground-breaking as a record, absolute on stage, though fell prosaic on screen. As with Tommy, a problem here might indeed be a product of a diagnosis not a tunes.
First, a good: Tom Cruise fans, glory — Cruise is superb as Stacee Jaxx. Imagine mixing a demeanour of Brett Michaels (today) with a moves of Axl Rose (in his prime), and that gives we a clarity of a amazingly clean star’s spin as a stone god. No question, Cruise owns a shade whenever he appears. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand are shining together. Their comic timing is exquisite and contingency be revisited in a destiny friend film. Catherine Zeta-Jones reminded me fast because she won an Oscar for Chicago. Malin Akerman is surprisingly and disarmingly funny.
Now, a bad: Sadly, these good performances couldn’t concede me to shake a unsettling feeling that we was examination a big-budget part of Glee (Rock of Ages cost a reported $80 million to make). These superb actors are merely ancillary players to a admittedly gifted though romantic genuine stars of this movie. Julianne Hough is her ever-adorable self and that hurts when we are asked to postpone dishonesty and suppose that she quickly becomes a stripper (I couldn’t). Equally lovable Diego Boneta, who also displays a pleasing voice (in an American Idol arrange of way) is good expel as a child Juilanne would many expected tumble for on screen. But we was never enthralled in a movie. we was always consciously examination it. Even moments of laugh-out-loud amusement could not save a feeling we was examination a two-hour, rarely sanitized, strain video. For me, a film would play improved on my iPad, listening with headphones, than observation it on a large screen, where it only felt out of place.
How mocking that a film purportedly celebrating stone prominently featured a strain voted by a readers of Rolling Stone repository (also highlighted in a movie) as a misfortune strain of a 1980′s. According to a magazine, “We Built This City” won “what could be a biggest blow out feat in a story of a Rolling Stone’s Readers Poll.” The strain featured along with it in a “mash-up” was another stone anthem, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” we listened a carol of that strain on my automobile radio on a approach home from a museum as a new chime for Extended Stay Hotels. How fitting. The film scarcely put me to sleep. Plus, we make a frank defence to all radio and film producers — adequate already with “Don’t Stop Believin’.” If we hear that strain one some-more time (in a uncover that is not a high propagandize musical) we am going to scream. Also, many of a film’s countless low-pitched numbers felt forced and over a tip on screen. The deceit and campiness that works so good on a Broadway theatre and even translated to film so good in executive Adam Shankman’s possess 2007 instrumentation of Hairspray, infrequently devolved into parodies that seemed some-more during home in a skit on Saturday Night Live.
Perhaps we am too oppressive in job this a sharp re-telling (or re-singing) of a tried-and-true “boy meets, girl, child loses girl, child gets lady back” formula, set to a soundtrack of a ’80s (think some-more Broadway and reduction Sunset Strip). we can’t quarrel a casting or a performances or even a element (cue delivery of “I Can’t Fight This Feeling”). After all, a play on that a film is formed has enjoyed general success on stage. So maybe it’s only me being too aged to “get it.” we admit, we am cloyed when it comes to music. As an electric guitar actor myself for some-more than 40 years (brace for a final soundtrack reference), “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” we only didn’t adore Rock of Ages.
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