Rock of Ages

From the desk of The Movie Snob.

Rock of Ages  (D).  I had heard that this musical based on the music of the 1980s was not very good, but I just had to see it for myself.  After all, not only does it boast a soundtrack from the greatest decade pop music has ever seen, but it also features a truly star-studded cast, including Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago), Alec Baldwin (It’s Complicated), Paul Giamatti (Win Win), and Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder) as the Axl-Rose-like rocker Stacee Jaxx.  But, what do you know, it really isn’t very good.  The main plot, I guess, is about two young lovers who both dream of being rock stars.  Julianne Hough (Footloose) is okay as the female lead, mainly because she’s so gorgeous, but Diego Boneta makes zero impression as her boyfriend.  Catherine the Great is wasted in a silly subplot in which she plays an uptight moralizer who’s trying to shut down Baldwin’s legendary club The Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip.  Although she proved her singing and dancing chops in Chicago, her big number here (to Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”) is pretty ridiculous.  Only Cruise has a relatively decent part as the decadent Jaxx.  Skip it.

6 comments on “Rock of Ages

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  2. […] (C-).  This new sci-fi action movie starring Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages) is pretty much a mishmash of ideas you’ve seen in other, better sci-fi action movies.  In the […]

  3. […] Railway Man) as my favorite actress working today. Go see this movie! Also starring Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages) as William […]

  4. […] New from The Movie Snob Quantum of Solace (B-). I guess there’s been a lot of wailing about what a comedown this movie is after the giddy high of Casino Royale. Well, don’t sign me up for that weepfest. I thought Casino Royale was a competent, enjoyable thrillride, but it wasn’t the greatest movie in the world or anything. This one was only slightly less enjoyable. The villain certainly wasn’t very intimidating, and I never quite understood exactly what the big nefarious plan was. And one of the fight scenes in the early going got a little ridiculous, a little “Donkey Kong” ish for my taste. On the other hand, this Ukrainian gal, Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), is a top-tier Bond sidekick. She’s like a younger, petite version of Catherine Zeta-Jones (Rock of Ages). […]

  5. […] unexpectedly.  Hey, there’s Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Spectacular Now)!  And Paul Giamatti (Rock of Ages)!  And that guy who played Agamemnon in Troy!  But the movie is basically a stale retread of […]

  6. […] watching t.v. over the past year, I have come to the conclusion that Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages) is crazy. Seriously, if you have seen the interviews with him, you can see he really should be […]

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