Rock of Ages is a nod to the rock anthems of the 1980's that rocks the amplifiers, but falls flat as a full-feature film.
Top-billed by stars like Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Malin Ackerman, along with newcomers Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough, the movie is catered to the Glee crowd-- there are mashups of songs like Warrant's Heaven and Extreme's More Than Words, plus re-imagining of Foreigner's Waiting for A Girl Like You and REO Speedwagon's Can't Fight This Feeling. The story, in stark contrast to the heavy music, is quite light and generic.
There will be feelings of nostalgia and I wouldn't be surprised if folks broke into song while watching the film. Majority of the songs are classics and easy to like, and they make the actual narrative an afterthought (That could be a good thing or bad thing, really).
Rock of Ages is best packaged as a tribute album rather than a film-- the songs are good but the story is just a downer.
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