Rock of Ages is worth it and not only for the love song between Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand. This is a 21st century version of the boy meets girl while bad people want to kill rock n'roll and good people want it to go on. The difference is boy, girl, and everybody does covers of great tunes from the late seventies to the late eighties. It makes for a very energetic and surprisingly coherent movie where the songs actually do not feel out of place and move the story forward.
Wannabe musician Drew (Diego Boneta) works at the famed Bourbon Club run by Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand. He meets the lovely Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and gets her a job at the club. The club is under pressure from a bunch of do-gooders headed by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston. It is putting a lot of hope into a final performance by Arsenal and its lead singer Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise, who really rocks as a burned-out rock star) before Jaxx goes solo.
Will the baddies close down the Bourbon? Will Stacee Jaxx give his final show? Will Drew get over his stage fright and get on stage? Will Sherrie do whatever Sherrie wants to accomplish? When does Mary J Blige show up?
Like most musicals, a lot of willing suspension of disbelief is needed though Rock of Ages is so much fun it's not hard to do so.
Rock of Ages is really cool and a lot of fun. The choreography is really good too.
Songs include Sister Christian, I Want to Know Where Love Is, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Wanted Dead or Alive, I Wanna Rock, Anyway You Want It, Don't Stop Believin, Juke Box Hero, I Love Rock n Roll to name a few.