It has been a long time since a movie has become an instant favorite, but as the movie opened up and I saw Alec Baldwin singing, and doing a good job of it I might add, I fell in love with Rock Of Ages. I quickly realized the movie was a musical surrounding 80's big hair rock bands that showcases the likes of Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones and Russell Brand singing their hearts out, and the movie just kept getting better!
One of the most amazing things about this was the story-line which mimicked and flowed along with great musical hits from the 80's such as Paradise City, I Love Rock 'N Roll, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Wanted Dead or Alive, Pour Some Sugar On Me, and SOOOO many more great hits. This movie gave these great songs a whole new meaning!
The best part? Totally getting sucked into the movie and singing my heart out along with the actors. (I got to see a screening at home, so the only ones who complained about my singing were the kids, who were trying to watch a cartoon while I watched on my computer while wearing headphones.) Go on, I dare you to try to make it through the movie without singing along to the songs!
Enough with the music (I need to push myself beyond that or we'll be here all night...), I loved it, and you will to - especially if you were a child of the 80's.
The actors were amazing too. Who knew that Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise could SING!! And both played such crazy and lovable characters. Ok, whoever thought to introduce us to Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) while he is piled high with half naked women, and wearing some kind of jeweled dragon underwear really gave us quite the spectacle, one that won't easily be forgotten, but in that moment, it set the tone for this over-the-top crazy, fun, and HIGHLY entertaining movie.
The Legend (Stacee Jaxx): Tom Cruise - A hardened rocker looking for more meaning in life and going solo
The Rocker (Lonnie): Russel Brand - Works at The Bourbon, loves Rock N Roll!
The Boss Man (Dennis): Alec Baldwin - runs The Bourbon, loves Rock N Roll
The Dreamer (small-town girl Sherrie): Julianne Hough - Comes to Hollywood to pursue her dreams, works at The Bourbon after being mugged
The City Boy (Drew): Diego Boneta - Works at The Bourbon, wants to be a Rock Legend
The Manager (Paul): Paul Giamatti - Manages Stacee Jaxx
Hey Man: Crazy monkey owned by Stacee Jaxx
The Reporter (Constance): Malin Ackerman - Works as a Rolling Stone Reporter, interviews Stacee Jaxx
The Diva (Justice): Mary J. Blige - Runs a Gentleman's Club
The Mayor: Bryan Cranston - The mayor of Hollywood
The Puritan (Patricia aka Patty): Catherine Zeta-Jones - The mayor's wife, also heads a group determined to clean up the streets of Hollywood by getting rid of Rock N Roll, starting with The Bourbon
The movie is really about one guy (Alec Baldwin) who has lived his life in Hollywood running the Bourbon Street bar. Enter a small-town girl with big-city singing dreams, and a city boy (can you hear the music to Journey's Don't Stop Believing here? Only it is sung by Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige) with big rock-n-roll dreams. He helps her get a job at the Bourbon after she is mugged, and sparks begin to fly.
Enter Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) who really steals the show as the rock legend who is breaking from the band to go solo. Apparently he and Dennis (Baldwin) go way back, and they have some crazy moments throughout the movie.
The introduction of "Boy Bands" is briefly covered in a quite hilarious manner. Really, you don't want to miss this one.
Find these great Rock of Ages items at Best Buy (order now or pick up in-store Oct. 9th):
|Blu-Ray Best Buy Exclusive on sale for $17.99|
|Blu-Ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Combo Pack on sale for $22.99|
|Grab the Soundtrack on CD for $11.99, Available Now|
123 Minutes ~ PG-13
Blu-Ray/Dvd/Digital Combo $22.99 ~ Blu-Ray $17.99 ~ Dvd $14.99
Edition Reviewed: eScreener - I received online access to an eScreener to preview the movie, and will receive a copy of the movie and soundtrack in exchange for sharing the information about the movie and soundtrack here on Wendi's Book Corner!