Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages publicity still The summary for Rock of Ages is “A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams,” and that pretty much sums up the film.  It’s a simple story line which uses a bunch of classic rock music to try to make itself different.  It almost crosses into the realm of rock opera, but there are a few spoken parts.  I was hoping that Rock of Ages would be a fun romp through the familiar music of my youth, and although many of the music choices were wonderful, the singers they chose for the leads were surprisingly weak, which ended up spoiling the effect. Considering all the amazing voices that routinely walk through the doors of major film studios in California each day, the idea that they cast Julianne Hough as the lead female singer is beyond my understanding. Her babytalk version of singing is grating, and although I thought it was a device they were using at the beginning of the film that she would outgrow by the end, we were never that lucky. I found myself wondering over and over throughout the film, whose special ingénue, she was. It’s just hard to imagine that she was the active choice for the lead from the sea of amazing talent that is Hollywood. Alex Baldwin plays a rocker, who’s growing old, and now runs the local hangout where everyone comes to drink, party, and have a good time. Russell Brand plays his best friend, soon to be discovered gay lover, although the way the relationship is...

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