"Rock of Ages" is a musical. People seem to forget that when reviewing it. In a musical, people burst out into song and everyone around them joins in like it's normal. We have seen it in many other films. It is nothing new. So I was surprised when I read so many reviews criticizing it for that aspect. But I digress; on to my review.. I hate to say this, because I hate reading it, but enjoy the film for what it is. It's a fun, music-filled, enjoyable movie if you don't go in with high expectations.
Tom Cruise is at his best here as aging rocker, Stacee Jaxx. He totally jumped into this character head first. You can tell his character is a hurt soul by the way his eyes are glistening. His life is not how he wants it and you can tell. Russell Brand & Alec Baldwin were great. In fact, my two favorite characters. Without a doubt. Their chemistry really shows in their scenes together. I never would have guessed that I would like them as much as I did in this. Paul Giamatti was good as well, as Jaxx's sleazy tour manager. All of the other supporting characters are enjoyable enough, but nothing noteworthy.
Now, my biggest complaints. The leads. Julianne Hough & Diego Boneta just don't have the onscreen chemistry that their characters need to have for us to care about what's going on. They are the stars of the film, but the weakest actors. Their delivery of some lines are so exaggerated that it becomes laughable. Don't get me wrong, this movie is cheesy. But the other actors make the cheese, fun. That just doesn't happen with Hough or Boneta, unfortunately.
Bottom line: The movie is definitely overlong. It could have been about 20 minutes shorter, easily. But if you don't mind 80s music and you're just looking to have some fun, this movie should suffice.
Okay, I know what you guys are going to say. Why pay $14.50 for a movie you've heard sucks? Well, hear me out. I've only seen the original 1977 Star Wars. I was planning on watching them all on blu-ray, but then heard they will be re-releasing all of them, so I thought, "how could I say no to seeing such a groundbreaking series in theaters?" I had to drag myself out to see the worst reviewed one out of the series, but I did. I have to say, most of the reviews, even from the time when the backlash with this film was so harsh, were pretty accurate. It's not terrible, but it's not that good either. I'm not going to harp on the same old criticisms (Jar-Jar, Jake Lloyd's performance, etc.) but I will say, I don't know what happened here. The first hour or so, I was very bored. The pod race scene relieved some of the feeling, but then it was put back on me until the last twenty minutes or so. One thing that irritated me like no other throughout the movie was something that happened in the beginning. When Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon are fighting those.. I don't know what they're called. They're like robots. Why is it that they fought with light sabres the entire time until the end when Qui-Gon put his away, then used the force on the remaining few? Why didn't he use the force on all of them? Maybe restrictions with the force were explained in an earlier chapter, but that small thing bothered me. Overall, I was disappointed in this movie, but I was expecting it. I don't think I'd recommend this unless you wanna watch the whole saga.
*Before I go into my review, I want to inform you that I have only seen the first "Mission:Impossible" movie. While I look down on people that see a sequel without having seen the original(s), I couldn't help myself.
"Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol," starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg is a high action, thrill-ride that will impress most people. The action is edge of your seat type stuff. The highly advertised scene featuring Ethan Hunt(Cruise) on the side of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was worth the price of admission, alone. The acting was great. Renner, especially as the "new guy" who may have a dark past. Pegg brought some well needed comic relief to the film, as Benji, the gadget specialist.
I have to say, I was quite impressed by Brad Bird's direction. He's proven that he can do more than animation movies, and I'm glad. He's a great visionary mind. The fight scenes and the chase scenes, were so well choreographed, that I was literally biting my nails through a lot of it. I can't wait to see what he does next.
After the movie ended and the credits rolled, I was very pleased with the film. Even with my pretty high expectations,(how could you not after reading so many positive reviews?) this movie hit a home-run. It's popcorn entertainment at its very finest. If you need to escape from the problems of the real world for a couple hours, I definitely recommend seeing this. Very fun action movie that left me wanting more.
Hm. Where to begin? Back in 2009, when "The Hangover" made it's way into theaters, I heard nothing but great things about it for a very long time. By the time I had the chance to watch the movie, the hype had been so built up, that I couldn't help but feeling less than pleased with what I saw. As time went on, I ended up seeing the movie a number of times and had liked it more each time. It wasn't the laugh a minute movie that I think "Anchorman" and "Superbad" are. But it's also unfair to compare that movie to those two. I now think that the original is a very funny movie that most people would find something to enjoy from it.
Fast forward to 2011. The summer movie season had just begun and as most people had feared, "The Hangover Part II" opened to less than stellar reviews. Upon reading this, I decided to steer clear from it for awhile.
Fast forward, once more, to last week. I was in Target, and saw a sale on this movie. It was only $10, so I figured I'd give it a try, and to be honest, I'm not too disappointed that I did. Sure it wasn't as funny as the original, but really, how many sequels are? The film has basically the same plot as the first except this one is set in Thailand. The surprises are much more shocking than the first, in a gross-out sense. My main complaint is how the writers threw in little shout-outs to the first movie that, in my opinion, were annoying. For example, Alan talking about his pager. Or Stu writing another song during down time. To me, those moments were unnecessary.
All in all, the movie is good for some humerous scenes. If you liked the first, I'm sure you'll probably like this one. If you weren't a huge fan of the first, I wouldn't recommend this.