Rock of Ages

So there wasn’t anything on at the cinema that I hadn’t seen already that I wanted to see.  I’ve had my fill of aliens for the summer and thinking like a man was enough romantic comedy.  Of course, I had seen What to Expect 5 times.  Wow… even reading this back I realize just what kind of movie buff I’m turning into returning to being.  By process of elimination (seen it, cartoon, junk, seen it, oh… ok let’s give it a go) I ended up in the Rock of Ages.

I didn’t expect what came next.  From the beginning of the movie I  loved it!  I was reminded how weird musicals can be (isn’t it weird how she can just break into a song in the middle of the bus and no one around her thinks its strange?) and how much I am a child of the 80s. I was taken back to the first song I learned to sing and the first dance moves I ever did.  It was a trip back to when love songs were sweet and thoughts of adulthood involved mini skirts and teased hair.

It was delightful!  The story was a bit classical – boy and girl go to the big city seeking fame and finding eachother – and the songs told it so very very well.  The earthiness of 80s rock’n’roll broke through loud and clear song after song.  And it surprised me!  It really did.  There were as few moments in it that really really surprised me.

  1. The mayor.  What a guy!  I mean, you could smell the wimp on him but getting past the wimp was the shock of how much of a beating he could take!
  2. Stacy Jaxx.  OMGoodness!  When he spoke sense it was like… seriously?!
  3. When the song “I can’t fight this feeling any longer” came on I near passed out… it was SOOO FUNNY!
  4. Zeta-Jones was such a PRUDE!  I’ve seen America’s Sweethearts but in this she was absolutely lethal.  You want to see her “reach across the aisle”.
  5. Also shocking was how good the music was.  And the acting.  It was great!  Tom Cruise was almost as weird as he is in real life.  Russel Brand was a little less weird than he is in real life.  Alec Baldwin has found himself a brand new niche.  He did so well I almost forgave him being a total jerk!

I wanted to sing along from the minute I sat down.  Not because of good music but because of music that I grew up with, timeless stuff that still makes you remember your first kiss or driving to school in the car with your parents.  The music was used to bring to life real live memories of sentiments gone by.  Some of the things about the 80s that will never be forgotten came to life… like

  1. The stupid clothes.
  2. The stupid teased hair.
  3. The ghastly birth of the boy band.
  4. It was still a shock to see how white Michael had become.
  5. Vinyl was on sale still.  (Do you know my spell check doesn’t even recognize “vinyl”?)
  6. Pop was booed off the stage.
  7. Graphics were boxy and brown was popular for advertising.
  8. Hair spray!
  9. Not being able to tell a girl from a guy from behind.  Tight clothes, man skirts, long hair.  NUTS.
  10. The ugly ugly beginnings of rap.

Perhaps the moment I found funniest wasn’t the most obvious.  Something the manager said… “I wish the truth were falser.”  I’m sure he did in the end.

Have a look and send me a note when you’ve seen it!  I’d love to hear what you took home from it.

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