Stadium rock homage is fun but beware sexual content

PUBLISHED: 10:41 03 July 2012

Brad Williams reviews film Rock Of Ages

Brad Williams reviews film Rock Of Ages

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Pull on your leather trousers, backcomb your mullet and get out the eyeliner, because it’s 1987 and stadium rock is about to sex you up and then leave you in a bloated drug addled mess.

Rock of Ages is based on the hit musical of the same name.

When Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) leaves middle America for the big dreams and bright lights of LA, she soon finds herself working at the notorious Bourbon Room – a proverbial Mecca for Glam Rockers and wannabe musicians.

She and fellow hopeful Drew (Diego Boneta) embark on a romance amongst the turmoil and heartache of struggling club owners (Alec Baldwin), goody goody women’s groups (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and megawatt rock gods (Tom Cruise).

Musicals have a tradition of being vapid and shameless versions of storytelling. All big show tunes and flashy dance numbers with hammy acting and paper-thin plots, they are often pure escapism.

Rock of Ages is no different. Like the cooler cousin to Mamma Mia, but covered in filth and oozing sex, it puts a big emphasis on being fun rather than rewarding.

As with any film in this genre, the accent is on the soundtrack.

Shockingly though, instead of just pillaging the rock back catalogue, the filmmakers also try to really “honour” the sexually charged lifestyles of bands such as Guns n’ Roses, Bon Jovi and Poison.

For a film that carries a 12A rating and a chirpy demeanour, there is a real grotty undercurrent that runs throughout Rock of Ages.

Those like me who haven’t seen the stage show may find the frankly unexpected strong sexual suggestions to be somewhat jarring for a “family” film. But it doesn’t stop the music from bursting into your eardrums and stumbling its way through your mind for the days that follow. It’s rock and roll, baby and we love it!

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