Saturday, June 16, 2012
As someone who has LOVED the Rock of Ages, jukebox musical soundtrack - but didn't get to see the musical when it came through Arkansas - I thought the movie would be the next best thing.
I have mixed reaction to Rock of Ages.
I'm not "square" or stick in the mud, but I'll be honest. I have no clue how this movie earned a PG-13 rating.
While there is no "overt" nudity, you can cut the sexual innuendo like cutting Jell-O with a tooth pick.
It's there, in your face, and at times, I'll admit, laugh out loud obnoxious.
The music is good - but not as good as the Broadway musical.
Tom Cruise, in his role of Stacee Jaxx is well, disturbing. It's not the "Top Gun" or "A Few Good Men" Tom Cruise - or even, the "Mission Impossible" Cruise.
Christians, led by Catherine Zeta-Jones' character, come across as shallow and narrow minded. The Rockers come across as being the "cool," open or people who are "fun."
(Yes, I remember a few of those Christians from the 80s, but that's another story/memory.)
On the scale of one to five, I give this movie a two. The music is better than the movie - which plays like a stereotypical bad 80s movie. If I had to do it over again, I would have stuck with the soundtrack - or at least just stuck with the Broadway Musical track.
I'll be honest, there's nothing "overtly" bad about this movie - but I would think a while before taking a young teen or even tween to this movie. Adults who grew up in the 80s/early 90s, will enjoy it for the nostalgic factor.
I do question the rating. Considering censors originally gave "Bully" the documentary, a R rating for language. I have no clue how Rock of Ages got away with the PG-13 label.
Maybe censors found it easier to swallow the language and actions because they were couched in humor, rather than reality (like bully).
Note: While I often receive items to review, I paid full price for this movie ticket. Just in case the FTC cares about how I came up with my opinion.