Rock of Ages is a film based on the hit Broadway musical about a small town girl Sherrie, played by Julianne Hough (Footloose) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta; 90210), who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and many other 80’s hits.
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought this was going to be a disaster. It just looked a mess. So I was definitely going into this with lowered expectations. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed myself. I’m a big 80’s hair metal fan so I just had a wonderful time singing along and dancing to all those hits. The acting wasn’t anything to rave about but some people were clearly better than others. Tom Cruise really went for it with his role here as Stacy Jaxx. He played the part as a mix of Axl Rose and Mr. Rock of Love himself, Brett Michaels. He has definitely won me back with this movie and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Mary J. Blige should keep her day job and Julianne Hough just needs to disappear (although she was better in this movie). If you don’t take this movie too seriously, you will be able to enjoy yourself and have a good time. Check out Rock of Ages in theaters this Friday.