Movie Review: Rock of Ages

Director: Adam Shankman

Writer: Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo

Cast: Juliaene Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise


Based on successful Broadway production of the same name , Rock of ages is a timeless story of fame and young love as told through Rock classics.  Set in 1987 the story centers around two starry-eyed young adults who move to Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the music industry.  Surrounding their new found love lies other cautionary tales of bitterness, betrayal and loneliness all of which threaten their budding affair.  Funny and just a little cheesy this is a musical that entertains from start to finish.  The music is a mix of 80’s power ballads and mega-hits most of which you should know by heart.  Bands like Guns and Roses, Twisted Sister and Bon Jovi provide some of the shows biggest numbers.  Aside from the awesome music, prepare yourself to watch each song performed by an eclectic cast including Alec Baldwin, Russel Brand and Catherine Zeta Jones.  R & B mega star Mary J Blige also gets in on the fun as the wise club owner with a heart of gold.

Although there is very little violence or drug use, there is some strong language and sexually suggestive scenes that may not be appropriate for children under 13.  If not for the fist pumping adrenaline rush of rock classic got to see this for the over the top performance for Tom Cruise as aging rocker Stacee Jaxx.  No one does eccentric quite like Cruise and his scene stealing monkey companion, Hey-Man. If Tom Cruise isn’t enough for you go see it for the gut busting duet from Russel Brand and Alec Baldwin.

Rock of Ages is in theaters NOW!