Rock of Ages follows a (typical) small-town girl living in a lonely world who caught the midnight train going anywhere. Sound familiar?
Adam Shankman (Hairspray) takes a stab at Rock of Ages, a stab that left way too many marks.
The storyline is predictable and the script degrades women as well as taking credit for countless (already famous) rock anthems.
Tom Cruise and Paul Giamatti deliver the only “great” performances with Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand delivering the only “good” ones.
The two young leads were hired solely on their singing ability and not even tested for acting. Even their names in the credits had the words “Appearing on the behalf of Sony Records” next to them.
Yet all faults aside, this film does contain a great soundtrack and good performers for said songs. Which makes the film’s “guilty pleasure” status official.
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