I’ve no problem with loonies. As long as they’re not in power ordering mass destruction, loonies are fine by me. In Rock of Ages, the movie based on a hit Broadway musical, the couch-jumping, L. Ron Hubbard-worshiping loony we all know as Tom Cruise rocks. And I mean literally.
Consider the soundtrack: Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, Guns N’ Roses, among others. The crème de la crème of 80s hard rock. Consider also our friend Tom’s character: a self-obsessed, ego-maniacal rock star. If you’re like me whose guilty pleasures include sappy-ass tunes from Warrant and Poison, hey, what’s not to like?
Essentially, Rock of Ages is a love story between a small town girl (Julianne Hough) and a city boy (Diego Boneta), who both come to Hollywood chasing their dreams, but instead find each other. They meet, fall in love, fight, separate, get back together… nothing new there, except that music is by Skid Row.
Nice movie, all in all. I’ll give it three and a half out of five. The extra half is for making me believe that hot sex is possible over Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.” I’ll never listen to that song the same way again.