Rock of Ages, Film Review, by Sabrina Dersel

Rock of Ages is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Adam Shankman.

After the success of the original Off-Broadway production, the film rights were sold to Warner Bros.and New Line Cinema The film is an adaptation of the 2006 rock jukebox Broadway musical of the same name by Chris D’Arienzo. The film features the music of several 1980s rock artists including DefLeppard, Journey, Scorpions, Poison, Foreigner, Guns N’ Roses, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, David Lee Roth, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, and others.
So what could be wrong you tell me.Well, everything! Think Karaoke gone bad,like very very bad!

What was supposed to be a cool movie ended up becoming the holy grail of dreadful!
The idea on paper sounded right : Rock&Roll,Los Angeles,Sunset Strip…
Pfff!you’re in for a shock!
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Weirdly enough the performance of Tom Cruise, as Stacee Jaxx, isn t the worst one in the movie! I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Gold medal of atrocious acting would go to Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian, followed by Russell Brand as Lonny Barnett.

The movie follows the story of Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a famous singer in 1987.

Rock Of Ages was a box office failure (really?!) grossing $56 million worldwide, failing to bring back its $75 million budget. Not surprising once you ll see the movie, if you ever dare doing so. Runtime is 123 min folks, good luck!

Now time for some trivia:
First and foremost, “Rock of Ages” is a song by Def Leppard from their 1983 album Pyromania. It takes its name from the hymn “Rock of Ages”, a popular Christian hymn by the Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady written in 1763.

Toplady drew his inspiration from an incident in the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in England. Toplady, a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon, was travelling along the gorge when he was caught in a storm. Finding shelter in a gap in the gorge, he was struck by the title and scribbled down the initial lyrics on a playing card.

As the song’s melody begins, Elliott speaks the lines “I’ve got something to say/it’s better to burn out than to fade away”; the second line is a reference to Neil Young’s song “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)”. Def Leppard’s two-line version was quoted in the 1985 movie Highlander by the film’s villain, the Kurgan. Young’s line would later become immortalized in rock history when it was used in the suicide note of grunge pioneer Kurt Cobain.

Sebastian Bach: the former lead singer of Skid Row is in the crowd next to Russell Brand during “We Built This City/We’re Not Going To Take It”. Skid Row’s song “I Remember You” is heard playing in the Tower Records store while Drew and Sherrie are shopping.

1980s bands Poison and Def Leppard performed live at the premiere with a Bourbon Room backdrop on the stage. Def Leppard dedicated their song Pour Some Sugar On Me to “our good friend Stacee Jaxx”.
The scene set under the Hollywood sign was actually shot on a garbage dump landfill in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Now some mistakes have to be mentioned for review sake:
At the record store, one of the walls has a spread of Iron Maiden’s 1986 album “Somewhere in Time” on it. The artwork featured is the artwork from the 1998 CD remaster; the artwork that the album had until then had the band’s name and album title displayed much smaller and to the top left corner.
Drew is seen walking with a foam hard case for his guitar. However, this type of guitar protection wasn’t introduced until the 21st Century.
There is an Eddie Van Halen “Wolfgang” guitar hanging on the wall in the record store. The “Wolfgang” wasn’t available until the early 1990s.

I really have to admit this movie contains one of my favourite quote from now on and it goes like this:
Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree: I just threw up.
Russell Brand as Lonny: Where?
Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree: In my pants… out of my ass.
AH!

If one is going to make a rock ‘n roll movie, it either needs to be played straight (Almost Famous) or as a head-on parody (This is Spinal Tap). What it can’t do is celebrate the dead zone of lameness: lame music covered by lame singers playing lame characters. Other than that, it’s 2 hours of my life gone forever. FFS!

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