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Rock of Ages [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I went to see it opening night, and without preconceptions found it to be a highly enjoyable experience.

Rock of Ages has now run as a successful musical on Broadway for three years, while the musical as a movie genre seems to have died a death on the movie screen in recent years. Moulin Rouge though derivative of pop music did very well. Chicago in 2003 won numerous Oscars. Phantom of the Opera did very well, and Mamma Mia was a huge hit. Nine the musical was spectacularly unsuccessful despite a cast stuffed with Oscar winners, and experts said there would be no more Hollywood musicals, that it was now dead as a genre.

Burlesque, starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, and Julianne Hough in a minor role was dismissed as a flop, though it was quite entertaining.

Rock of Ages stars Julianne Hough in her first leading role, and also stars Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Tom Cruise among others. As an entertainment experience, I find it outstanding. Many musicals fail because the music is not good. Mamma Mia could not go wrong with Abba music, and Phantom of the Opera had numerous hit songs.

Almost all the songs on Rock of Ages are classic rock anthems from the likes of Def Leppard, Journey and others.

Julianne Hough plays the wide eyed ingenue who lands on the strip and gets mugged. She finds a job at a rock venue, and has to conceal the fact she can sing. She falls in love with someone who works there. Everybody has a dream of making it big. So far, so like Burlesque.

The premise of the movie, though hardly original, nevertheless sweeps you along, and someone in the row behind me started clapping. I had to give him the three quarter head turn. The scenes are well put together, and musical production standards are outstanding. All the actors did their own singing. Tom Cruise does an incredible job as Stacey Jaxxx, the crazed rock singer, Baldwin as the club owner, and Brand looks the part. Catherine Zeta Jones who won the Oscar for her performance in Chicago, gives a star turn as well to do political wife on a mission to close down the rock venue, and Stacey Jazzz is her arch nemesis. Paul Giamatti plays the sleazy agent.

In Burlesque the club owner played by Cher struggles financially, fending off developers. In ROA the club owner played by Baldwin struggles financially fending off activists, and the authorities.

I found many parallels between this movie and Burlesque, although Rock of Ages is much better. Our heroine experiences some setbacks. The relationship becomes complicated by stardom, and misunderstandings, and finally we have the dark side of the dream. There are too many memorable scenes to mention, the scenes had a thematic relationship to the songs being sung, and there is a monkey named Heyman who added some comic relief.

One of the funniest scenes is between Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, simply priceless, and Tom Cruise and the girl from Rolling Stone. Cruise proves that he is an outstanding actor not only in action movies, but in any genre, and does an outstanding job on the vocals.

Julianne Hough offered outstanding pitch perfect vocals, and I loved her harmonising. She can sing, she can dance, she can act. It does not hurt that she is also very cute. I don't know how much of a future she will have if she stays in this genre, but any director casting a musical would be foolish I think to overlook her as she does such a good job here.

At the end of the movie, applause shook the theater. Last time that happened was three years ago. I left the movie feeling elevated like I was walking on air. I will probably buy the soundtrack.

As for the critics, Rock of Ages opened to a $14.4 million weekend, making it the sixth highest opening weekend for a musical, not good enough for the critics who said Cruise was losing his star power, even though Cruise did not play the main character, and did they see Mission Impossible 4 the highest grossing movie of his career. That was 6 months ago, and $600 million. Rock of Ages is a blip on the radar screen of a stellar career where his movies have grossed $3.6 billion domestically.

Although you could wait to get the movie on dvd, I do recommend seeing it in release if you can. If you like musicals,rock music or just to be entertained, I see no reason why you would not love this unless you hate rock music.

I think you will love it, and I hope this was helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
This was an excellent movie.... Tom cruise really "rocked" the role. The music was fantastic and Russell brand surprised with his singing
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a new-style musical with all the good stuff... great musical selection--many classics you should easily recognize--and a very endearing and believable love-story development which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

"How will they ever get back together?"

It contains some great original recordings of original classics... but what I like best is how the story brings out a new depth of meaning to the songs. It gives them a new sort of relevance and depth. The songs emerge throughout the development of the story, according to the development of their relationship, and more... which packs a great punch... I now think differently about some of these--their lyrical import--whenever I hear them.

And it enriches them... rather than taking away... this movie helps them shine in full... it fleshes them out in a very good way... legit but imaginative...

I first saw it in theaters with a couple close friends... we all liked it a lot! Happily anticipating its release...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
Warning: There is singing! I love musicals and really enjoyed the movie! But music isn't for everybody! There are so many well - known songs that you can sing along to if you want! And tons of famous people to make things interesting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2013
I initially borrowed this movie from the library. When I watched it the first time around I thought it was a bit corny, but after so many laugh out loud moments and hearing all the music, I had to watch it again and was soon hooked and purchased my own copy.

Unbelievable performance by Tom Cruise and Paul Giamatti. Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin were hilarious. Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta super adorable. Hey Man the monkey stole the show time and again.

It's an outrageous movie, great comical escape, and the good ole rock'n'roll mash ups will have you singing along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2013
See my previous review of the soundtrack. I loved it all. What more can I say. 4 more words required.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
Such a good movie great family movie and fun for all ages! loved this movie alot!! Nice family bonding time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lots of old 80's songs with likable actors. Tom Cruise is surprising in the Stacey Jaxx roll, he pulls off the rock star vibe and the singing as well. Most men I have talked to aren't into this must be the musical thing. Not every line is song in the movie which is a relief . A fun pass time with all the old songs you know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I went to see it opening night, and without preconceptions found it to be a highly enjoyable experience.

Rock of Ages has now run as a successful musical on Broadway for three years, while the musical as a movie genre seems to have died a death on the movie screen in recent years. Moulin Rouge though derivative of pop music did very well. Chicago in 2003 won numerous Oscars. Phantom of the Opera did very well, and Mamma Mia was a huge hit. Nine the musical was spectacularly unsuccessful despite a cast stuffed with Oscar winners, and experts said there would be no more Hollywood musicals, that it was now dead as a genre.

Burlesque, starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, and Julianne Hough in a minor role was dismissed as a flop, though it was quite entertaining.

Rock of Ages stars Julianne Hough in her first leading role, and also stars Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Tom Cruise among others. As an entertainment experience, I find it outstanding. Many musicals fail because the music is not good. Mamma Mia could not go wrong with Abba music, and Phantom of the Opera had numerous hit songs.

Almost all the songs on Rock of Ages are classic rock anthems from the likes of Def Leppard, Journey and others.
Julianne Hough plays the wide eyed ingenue who lands on the strip and is mugged. She finds a job at a rock venue, and has to conceal the fact she can sing. She falls in love with someone who works there. Everybody has a dream of making it big. So far, so Burlesque.

The premise of the movie, though hardly original, nevertheless sweeps you along, and someone in the row behind me started clapping. I had to give him the three quarter head turn. The scenes are well put together, and musical production standards are outstanding. All the actors did their own singing. Tom Cruise does an incredible job as Stacey Jaxxx, the crazed rock singer, Baldwin as the club owner, and Brand looks the part. Catherine Zeta Jones who won the Oscar for her performance in Chicago, gives a star turn as well to do political wife on a mission to close down the rock venue, and Stacey Jazzz is her arch nemesis. Paul Giamatti plays the sleazy agent.

In Burlesque the club owner played by Cher struggles financially, fending off developers. In ROA the club owner played by Baldwin struggles financially fending off activists, and the authorities.

I found many parallels between this movie and Burlesque Bilingual, although Rock of Ages is much better. Our heroine experiences some setbacks. The relationship becomes complicated by stardom, and misunderstandings, and finally we have the dark side of the dream. There are too many memorable scenes to mention, the scenes had a thematic relationship to the songs that being sung, and there is a monkey named Heyman. One of the funniest scenes is between Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, simply priceless, and Tom Cruise and the girl from Rolling Stone. Cruise proves that he is an outstanding actor not only in action movies, but in any genre, and does an outstanding job on the vocals.

Julianne Hough offered outstanding pitch perfect vocals, and I loved her harmonising. She can sing, she can dance, she can act. It does not hurt that she is also very cute. I don't know how much of a future she will have if she stays in this genre, but any director casting a musical would be foolish I think to overlook her as she does such a good job here.

At the end of the movie, applause shook the theater. Last time that happened was three years ago. I left the movie feeling elevated like I was walking on air. I will probably buy the soundtrack.

As for the critics, Rock of Ages opened to a $14.4 million weekend, making it the sixth highest opening weekend for a musical, not good enough for the critics who said Cruise was losing his star power, even though Cruise did not play the main character, and did they see Mission Impossible 4 the highest grossing movie of his career. That was 6 months ago, and $600 million. Rock of Ages is a blip on the radar screen of a stellar career where his movies have grossed $3.6 billion domestically.

Although you could wait to see the movie, I do recommend seeing it while still in release. If you like musicals,rock music or just to be entertained, I see no reason why you would not love this unless you hate rock music.

I think you will love it, and I hope this was helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
I absolutely love this movie. It brings back old memories of the 80's when I was in highschool. I'm going to see the musical in March I love it so much.
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