Rock of Ages
Rock n’ roll is music that makes anyone feel young. Some older folks might listen to the Beatles and remember a time of love and freedom. Some people like my brother will listen to Journey and remember the colorful electric 80’s. I’m the guy that listen’s to Green Day and remembers the time when I was an angry teenager. Rock n’ roll represents everything anti social. The music makes us shout and cheer that it’s okay to take a moment to enjoy ourselves. The world is ours and we have the freedom to choose what influences us. Rock n’ roll is a big influence on how I see society.
It makes me mad when someone else tries to ruin rock for everyone else. Ever since the beginning, rock has been controversially offensive to many people, especially parents and hardcore Christians. I believe that if children become bad people, it’s their parents and not music that made them that way. Stop treating Def Leppard and Poison like their babysitters.
Rock of Ages is product of the Hollywood system. To me, it’s a movie about censorship that itself feels censored. Everything may be there (the fashion, art direction, and music), but I’m not feeling the true passion.
Rock of Ages was a big success on Broadway, and it has now made its big screen debut. I’ve seen the stage play, and I loved it. It had an onstage rock band playing plenty of 80’s rock songs, a campy tone, and a surprisingly well-told story about dreams. Directed by Adam Shankman, who also directed Hairspray, I thought he would have been the perfect head behind this rock musical. Instead of embracing the campiness, he throws most of out to tell a more formulaic story of 1980’s rock n’ roll.
Set to the tunes of Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, and many others, were thrown into a 1987 set Los Angeles where the Bourbon bar and stageis the hot spot for rock. Drew and Sherrie both have dreams of becoming big singers as Staciee Jaxx is getting ready to pursue a solo career. Dennis and Lonny are trying to run the Bourbon as Patricia is trying to get them shut down. There a lot of stories to be told, but the movie thinks its good enough to tell them.
To start, the editing is awful. The first twenty minutes feels very fast, yet becomes very slow when Jaxx shows up. Plus the romance between Drew and Sherrie is very predictable, and ends too happy for a gritty rock movie. Plus the Christian protestors run by Patricia are not a good set of villains. All they do is complain and rarely if ever pull any threats. What prevents the movie from falling is Stacie Jaxx. Tom Cruise is amazing as the ego-sentric rocker. He deserves a best supporting Oscar for this. Plus people should be happy that the songs are sung well. The soundtrack not only sounds like the eighties, but it feels like it too. I can say that the rock has melted my face off.
I’ll give this three band logos from the eighties out of five. Rock of Ages should please nostalgic rock fans looking for a good time. Though I’m sure they realize that this is not true rock. Go listen to a Def Leppard song, and you’ll see why that is real rock n’ roll.