Boy meets girl, they rock each other's world, and it's all done to the tune of the 1980s L.A. rock scene in…"Rock of Ages."
This rags-to-riches rock 'n' roll musical is set mostly in a music club on Sunset Strip. A lot of the entertainment, with some energetic musical numbers, includes several big names (Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin.) The two leads are Diego Boneta, as a bartender, and Julianne Hough, as a naive kid just off the bus from the Midwest. They prove that they too can sing covers of '80s rock classics.
Basically the film is a set of songs linked together by a very weak story line (so as not to fool you into thinking you are watching a large-scale cover band concert). Honestly, it's not a good movie, but I think it will be a crowd-pleaser. The Broadway musical is better but, still, seeing Tom Cruise make fun of himself is priceless.
The movie is so silly and so dumb you should check it out just for the tongue and cheek of it all. The supporting cast also includes Catherine Zeta-Jones and Paul Giamatti, great actors who don't have a problem hamming it up.
Despite the lack of REAL rock the Flick-O-Meter gives "Rock of Ages" a three out of five.
What you see is what you get … it's either going to do very well at the box office or be a total flop.
In my opinion, you could get more entertainment out of two hours of karaoke … just saying.
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If you'd rather sing your own tunes than see "Rock of Ages," in Old Town Elk Grove will offer karaoke starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. It's located at 9081 Elk Grove Blvd.
"Rock of Ages" plays at Elk Grove's on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:05 p.m, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The theater is located at 9349 Big Horn Blvd.
Are you planning to see this movie, or have you seen it already? What did you think of it, and did you agree with Brett's review? Tell us in the comments section.