Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages was pretty much crap. First of all, you really need to be a fan of the music to begin with. Even if you do enjoy the original songs, that’s still stretching things a bit, because this is just a poorly done film.
The music. I enjoy most of the original bands and renditions of the songs used in the movie. Sadly, the movie is essentially an episode of Glee, so all of the songs suck. I don’t think I enjoyed any of them in the movie.
The plot was miserable. I don’t think this even warrants much to talk about. The dialogue can be lumped here as well. And there is no way this should have been two hours long.
The casting was, ehh. For the most part the casting seemed fairly bad. Alec Baldwin did not fit in at all. Bryan Cranston has a glorified cameo and Paul Giamatti wasn’t a bad choice, but both are examples of roles that aren’t in front of the camera much. Russell Brand wasn’t a bad choice, but was under used. That and he had to deal with Baldwin. Would have been better by himself and if they had just let him riff the entire time. Tom cruise, was the best thing here really, but even he couldn’t save this thing.
Part of the problem is that all of the interesting characters and good acting was done primarily by minor characters. The two main characters were dull and fairly annoying.
As cool as it was to see Tom Cruise in this kind of role, it wasn’t worth it by a long shot. It seemed like it was aimed at replicating Glee as much as possible.