'Rock of Ages' Review By Corey W.
Filled with classic-rock anthems and fun characters, Rock of Ages is a musical-romance that is no doubt a great time at the movies.
Rock of Ages is pretty much just the film-version of Journey's hit-song "Don't Stop Believing", probably one of the most famous songs of all-time--and best. The film tells the story of a small-town girl and a city-boy who, as they are trying to follow their dreams, fall in love. Surrounded by classic-rock anthems and fun characters, Rock of Ages is a musical-romance that is no doubt a great time at the movies.
While the film may focus a lot on the romance between two young characters following their dream, it also takes aim a bunch of other characters as well. Not only do you see people trying to achieve fame, but you see the perspective of characters who've already achieved it. If there was one thing that I really loved about the film, it's that there isn't a main character. Every character in the movie is pretty much equal. They all had their own stories to tell and the way that the film divided up each character worked extremely well. Not to mention no character in the film is boring either. All of the actors play very entertaining characters. They all have interesting sub-plots that make one big motion-picture.
Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Cat Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, where do I begin? Rock of Ages consists of such an epic cast! One actor who really surprised me was Cruise. From the trailer I assumed he'd only have a small role as a big character everyone just talked about. Come to see the film and he's in a good 85 percent of it. He gives the best performance too. His character is without question the best in the film and he just did an incredible job playing the down-and-out rocker. Far more than what I expected from Tom Cruise. He did an excellent job.
The choreography here is pretty great. Adam Shankman's direction-skills have really paid off with this one. One number that I loved in particular was for "Any Way You Want It" (originally written and performed by Journey). The number took place in a strip-club, yes, but the dancing and color-scheme of the entire scene was just breath-taking. I really enjoyed it, as long with the rest of the numbers as well, of course. It was just a really well-made musical, especially in the department of energy.
The only real complain I can say that I had with the film was the obvious auto-tune. A lot of the time you could really tell a computer was filling in for the actors. I mean, obviously for a film it needs to be used but you could hear how robotic the voices sounded at times, especially in the big grand-finale. On another note, at times the voices sounded great and actually fit. But mostly for small solo-numbers you could just easily tell how auto-tuned and fixed some of the voicing was.
All and all, I had a really good time with Rock of Ages, more so than I had expected. The actors all do an excellent job bringing the musical to life. I had actually heard not so many great things about the musical before seeing the film. I can't speak on behalf of the musical but the film itself is great. If you're not a fan of musicals go and see the film to enjoy some awesome tunes. I totally recommend it.
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-Written by Corey Wood