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Rock of Ages
by Tony Medley
If this movie is
not the worst I've ever seen, it is at least the worst I've seen this
year. To give director Adam Shankman the benefit of the doubt, he is
apparently trying to make a satire about 1980s hard rock bands. But
what he has concentrated on, however, is making it in as poor taste as
While the story
of young lovers is vaguely reminiscent of Grease (1978), Diego
Boneta and Julianne Hough aren't even close to John Travolta and Olivia
Newton-John. Unfortunately, their story takes a backseat to Tom Cruise's
outlandish and degrading performance as the rock star, Stacee Jaxx,
apparently a takeoff on a real life rocker.
biggest accomplishment was probably directing the musical Hairspray
in 2008, a movie I found far from entertaining. Unlike Hairspray,
however the music in this film, old songs from the '80s, is quite good,
as are the production numbers. Alas, they do not make up for the tawdry,
dispiriting story. Satire, to be effective, needs to have subtlety
attached to it. There is nothing subtle in this story. Cruise's Jaxx is
so over-the-top bizarre that the pace of the film pretty much dies when
he is on-screen, except for the concert footage.
The film has
what some would consider an A-list cast, including, in addition to
Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Russell
Brand, and Mary J Blige. Could any of them have read the script (Justin
Theroux, Chris D'Arienzo, who wrote the hit stage musical, and Alan
Loeb)? If so, what could they have been thinking (although maybe that
assumes facts not in evidence)?
Shankman makes Zeta-Jones' character, which is leading a crusade against
the low morality in rock music, appear to be laughably unreasonable. Who
can deny that hard rockers, like the person upon whom Jaxx is apparently
based, don't abuse drugs and influence young people to do likewise? So
why would Shankman just wink an eye at the drug-addled Jaxx but mock
someone who protests his destructive lifestyle as a bad influence on
teenagers and young adults?
the two young lovers, there is not one character in the film who is
sympathetic. Without even one likeable character, the music isn't enough
to make it worthwhile.