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PG-13
2012

Rock of Ages, a vibrant and earnest tribute to the glam metal era, transports us back to the hedonistic, hairspray-infused texture of the 1980s and captures the poignant blend of aspiration and decadence that colored the Sunset Strip. Directed by Adam Shankman and released in 2012, the film features a talented cast that includes Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, and Alec Baldwin.

The movie opens in small-town Oklahoma, where a young woman named Sherrie Christian (played by Julianne Hough) packs her suitcase and poster of rock idol Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), ready to chase her dreams all the way to Los Angeles. On a parallel path, city native Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) is an aspiring rock singer and guitarist, working at a legendary club, The Bourbon Room. Here, debaucheries abound and dreams of stardom are fermented.

When they meet, it's clear they share a common goal: fame in the cutthroat music industry. Their relationship blossoms, presenting a heart-warming yet complex portrayal of young love in the throes of the 80s rock scene. However, their romance is just a part of the dynamic tapestry of characters and plot threads that Rock of Ages weaves.

Serving as the film's prescribed villain, Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is the religiously devout and moralistically rigid wife of the city's mayor. She campaigns to clean up Los Angeles' morally dubious Sunset Strip, which naturally places her in direct opposition to the Bourbon, the heart of rock 'n roll in L.A..

Meanwhile, amidst his personal struggles and mind-numbing blitz of groupies and slavish fan worship, rock legend Stacee Jaxx is enduring a professional crisis. Tom Cruise delivers an unforgettable performance, skillfully balancing Stacee's outlandish public persona with his far more relatable, human side. Cruise's Jaxx is the epitome of a rock god: overtly sexual, wildly unpredictable, but remarkably vulnerable underneath his hard exterior.

Seasoned actor Alec Baldwin, as the Bourbon's owner, Dennis Dupree, and his right-hand man, Lonny Barnett (Russell Brand), provide an excellent dose of comic relief. It is through their eyes that we see the challenges of keeping the spirit of rock 'n roll alive in the face of both a continuously shifting musical landscape and political pressure.

One of the fundamental strengths of Rock of Ages is its musical catalog. The film is absolutely stuffed with classic 1980s rock anthems, performed with gusto by the film's cast. Songs from rock giants—foreigner, Journey, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard rule the soundtrack, and their glamorous, passion-laden lyrics are expertly used to progress the plot and further character development.

Cinematographer Bojan Bazelli brilliantly captures the spirit of the '80s, from the pastel-tinted L.A. skyline to the leather-laden interior of the Bourbon Room. Accompanied by Mia Michaels' vivacious choreography, the bold visual narrative almost becomes a character in its own right, making the film as visually stunning as it is musically captivating.

From headbanging rock and roll numbers to tender ballads of love and longing, Rock of Ages is a rollicking tribute to a time when perms were in, headbands were mandatory, and the rock gods reigned supreme. Moreover, the film tenderly reminds us of the significance of following dreams and the lengths people will go to make them a reality.

While it’s brimming with ostentatious fashion, flamboyant characters, and a rollicking rebellious spirit, Rock of Ages is at its core a story about the relentless pursuit of dreams when faced with adversity. Far from just a nostalgic trip or musical spectacle, this movie masterfully combines humor, heart, and a hint of satire to create a compelling and memorable ode to the power of rock n’ roll and the resilience of dreamers. Above all, Rock of Ages underlines the enduring sentiment: rock and roll will never die.

Rock of Ages is a Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance movie released in 2012. It has a runtime of . Critics and viewers have rated it moderate reviews, with an IMDb score of 5.9. It also holds a MetaScore of 47.

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5.9/10
47/100
Director
Adam Shankman
Stars
Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman , Bryan Cranston
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