ROCK OF AGES (2012)
4 out of 5 stars
Caught Rock of Ages over the weekend and it has completely dominated my iPod!
I caught the sing-along version which is good because there are lyrics on the screen!
Based on the Broadway musical, it follows Sherrie (Julianne Hough) who moves to Los Angeles from Oklahoma with dreams of becoming a singer. She meets Drew (Diego Boneta) who gets her a job at the Bourbon Room where he works after her suitcase gets stolen. They are both in for a rockin’ good time because Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), the frontman of Arsenal and rock superstar will be performing at the Bourbon Room.
Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx on W (June 2012)
WOW. Who knew Tom Cruise could sing like that?! He really sounds like the rock stars of the 80’s! He may be a little too sexed up for my liking but he really embodies the rock star persona. One of my favourite songs from the soundtrack is Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” sung by Tom Cruise and Malin Akerman, both of whom sound great. In my opinion, Tom Cruise really rocked Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”.
Diego Boneta can sing too – though I was laughing like craaazy when the Z Guyeezz appeared. Well, boybands had to start somewhere. I liked the opening and closing songs – “Sister Christian/Just Like Paradise/ Nothin’ but a Good Time” and “Don’t Stop Believin'”. I simply love mash-ups!
This is a MUST WATCH for lovers of rock music!!!
– 4 out of 5 stars
I went in thinking it wouldn’t be as nice as the original but I was wrong. I loved it! Kenny Wormald dances really well! OMG Kenny Wormald is amazing! They modified the premise of the movie so that it wouldn’t be too cheesy to watch it in modern times. FYI: the hairs on my arms were standing at the start of the original Footloose. But Kevin Bacon was kinda wow.
Anyway, it turned out all right and I really enjoyed the scenes when Ren (Wormald) was teaching Willard (Miles Teller) how to dance! Miles Teller reminds me of a young John Cusack somehow? And yes, I have to say it again – Kenny Wormald really dances like WOAH! So WOAH! that I Youtubed him that night and watched his dance scenes from You Got Served (which also had Harry Shum Jr. and Robert Hoffman – dancer-actors united!) and Center Stage: Turn It Up.
Here’s one of my favourite scenes and songs from the movie: (LINE DANCING!)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Burlesque is about Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small town Iowa girl who dreams of being a singer. She leaves for Los Angeles and stumbles across Burlesque, a club that is an inspired musical revue. Ali dreams of joining the crew and starts her path from the bar to the stage. She impresses Tess (Cher) with her voice and becomes Burlesque’s main attraction, restoring the club to its former glory.
Despite its lacklustre reviews, the movie is actually quite a nice watch. Christina Aguilera is amazing as usual, her voice is soulful and rich and I think she should stick to her Stripped and Back to Basics days because it works for her. Bionic just didn’t work out. She co-wrote four songs from the soundtrack and I liked the energetic “Show Me How You Burlesque”. There’s plenty of sequins and glitter in their costumes and it’s all bright bulbs and strobe lighting so the each time a song comes up, you can’t look away. Plus, there’s Cam Gigandet in a yummy role and OMG he wears eyeliner! Eric Dane aka McSteamy is McDoucheBag in this role so there’s not much to watch.
The OPI Burlesque Shimmers and Glitters Collection
As at time of post, Diane Warren won Best Original Song for “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” performed by Cher at the 68th Golden Globes Awards.