I’ve been dying to go to a movie. Sure, movies at home are great, but I wanted to go into a theatre and get lost in a story on the big screen. The other day I had some free time, so I figured now was my moment.
Side note – why is it that when I have time to go to a movie, there’s nothing out I want to see and then all the movies I want to see come out at the same time (and I’m inevitably busy)?
I looked at the possible options and picked Rock of Ages. I was looking for something fun that would be good to see on a really big screen. And off I went.
The movie hasn’t had stellar reviews and I can understand why. However, I thought it was a really fun movie. Maybe it wasn’t supposed to be full of belly laughs, but it went so far over the top it was a satire of the rock and roll world. Neither of the two main actors, Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough, really had what it takes to carry a movie like this. Boneta has a decent voice, but Hough’s is thin and doesn’t really work for big rock anthems.
Then Stacey Jaxx (played by Tom Cruise) shows up. I haven’t been a huge Tom Cruise fan since the days of Top Gun, but he is thoroughly amazing in this movie. He keeps your eyes riveted to the screen. I had moments of boredom in the rest of the movie, but where Jaxx was, there was my attention.
Other characters barely warrant mention. Russell Brand in a truly horrible wig? Alec Baldwin looking like he’s in yet another self-mocking credit card ad? Catherine Zeta-Jones as a high-kicking do-gooder? The plot lines for these characters were over predictable. Brand and Baldwin serenading each other with Air Supply? Didn’t see that one coming? Church going do-gooders with skeletons in the closet? You don’t say.
Despite the thinness of the script (and some of the voices), Rock of Ages is a fun summer movie. It’s way over the top and doesn’t take itself too seriously. And, of course, I went home and hopped on iTunes to download many of the songs (by their original artists). C+