Sunday, June 17, 2012
Another Guilty Pleasure
Vies for a place in the canon...
Rock of Ages may just join a very special list of mine that contains three Roland Emmerich classics, Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and 2012 (2009); two Luc Besson masterpieces, The Professional (1994) and The Fifth Element (1997); The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001), and Resident Evil (2002). These are movies I will watch at any time for no reason at all.
As for Rock of Ages (which is also a Broadway musical), Rotten Tomatoes has mixed feelings about it and more than a few hardcore rockers think this movie musical trivializes the 1980s rock and roll scene. Okay... I never took the soundtrack of my life all that seriously, but some people do. Rock of Ages is both silly and trivial, but it's also funny and physical. I especially enjoyed the several Pat Benatar standards performed by a club full of seriously athletic exotic dancers... Where was I? Oh, yeah, Russell Brand delivers a performance that is almost nuanced compared to his other "work" and Alec Baldwin - still the most skilled of all the Baldwin brothers - continues to not take himself too seriously. Tom Cruise channels his inner nut job, and Katherine Zeta Jones appears to have as much fun as anyone on camera. I'm pretty sure my toes didn't stop tapping until the credits began to roll.