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ROCK OF AGES
With Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand
Written by Justin Theroux, Chris D'Arienzo, Allan Loeb (based on the musical by Chris D'Arienzo)
Directed by Adam Shankman
The new tradition of movies being turned into Broadway stage musicals (from The Lion King and The Producers to Spider-Man) here gets the traditional treatment from stage to screen.
Set in the '80s around The Bourbon Room (based on Los Angeles Sunset Strip spots like the Whiskey A Go-Go), it's the classic tale of a small town girl (who loves rock music and also sings) arriving in Hollywood with stars in her eyes. But it's a tough town. After being robbed she meets a young bar-back at the Bourbon Room (also with musician aspirations) and he wangles a job for her at the club.. They have a common love of rock music and band Arsenal with the controversial and popular lead singer Stacee Jaxx. The club is struggling and its old-school owner hopes that Arsenal's show at will give them a boost. This is to be last show with Jaxx in the band, before going solo. He is beyond eccentric, demanding, and even delusional. A senator and his firebrand religious wife wants to destroy the Rock evil, with Jaxx and the Bourbon Room the main target.
The new young couple's dreams of making it big gets dangled in front of them, but naturally snatched away, with jealousy and bad decisions resulting in them having to fight for it when forced into leading paths they don't believe in.
With so much unforgettable music from that era there was such a wealth to choose from and dozens more could've been picked, like for instance Mötley Crüe and Kiss.
Some of the cameos by musician include Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and teenyboper Debbie Gibson.
One of the several producers include former Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire.
Extra featurettes include a look at Def Leppard's live performance at the premiere.
5 / B
|6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished
Multiple Viewing Potential
2012 - Flamedrop