Posted on 10/01/12 08:37 AM
First of all, I don't usually watch musicals, that's because I hate it when random people just start singing in the middle of a scene. Every musicals should be classified as surrealism actually but it seems that they're is an audience (women!) who don't care about continuity when they get choreography.
Anyways, Rock of Ages is as disjointed as it gets. Musicals with original soundtracks make their songs fit into the plot, pop Musicals don't mind this little problem and the story just takes a step back if a neat song has to fit in. Well, this is kind of a disaster for a film but I'll take it as genre-induced necessity and will not lose one more word about it.
Rock of Ages lives from the charisma and presence of its big name anyways. British musician/comedian/actor Russell Brand, the everlasting Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise are the ones to look out for. They can't really sing (Brand usually can and does but somehow he sounds horrible in here; Baldwin is not asked to sing much) and all play silly, quirky characters but offer likable characters you can pour your sugar on.
Especially, Cruise shows again a high level of self-conscius humour and place the over-the-top worn-out rockstar with perfection. He is also responsible for the best part of genuine filmmaking - his interview with the Rolling Stone reporter Constanze (Malin Akerman) which stands out as an actual serious drama scene you could put in any other genuine movie.
The music is also pretty cool - but it's a 80s/90s rock musical - what do you expect?
Nevertheless, it's a musical, and the plot is even thinner than in most other genre products. This is a solid 3/5.