Rock Of Ages **

Based on the broadway musical, Rock Of Ages follows Oklahoma girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and bartender Drew (Diego Boneta) as they chase their dreams of becoming rock stars. The film is set in Los Angeles in 1987 where the pair meet. This results in Sherrie getting a job in a rock club run by Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and his right hand man Lonny (Russell Brand). As the film progresses, we are introduced to characters such as rock star Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), conservative protestor Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta Jones) and journalist Constance Sack (Malin Ackerman).

The story seriously lacks and, if rated solely in terms of story, the film would be very poor. It is obvious what will happen throughout the film and there are no real surprises for the viewer. While there are some comic moments, the audience are more likely to cringe in response some of the writers’ attempts at comedy.

The acting is in the film is also sub standard. Hough and Boneta resemble characters from the TV series Glee both in sound and personality. Catherine Zeta Jones is unconvincing as the female antagonist while Russell Brand’s accent is nothing short of awful. Tom Cruise’s performance is slightly better but only just watchable.

The film’s saving grace is the music. It includes songs that were originally performed by Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison and David Lee Roth. Some of the songs are performed well while others are performed in a cheesy manner reminiscent of Glee. However fans of 80s rock will enjoy the movie and will likely move their feet in time to the music.

Rock Of Ages is watchable based on the soundtrack but the story, characters and acting are very poor.

Reviewed by Lesley Watt

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