With ROCK OF AGES being a fantastic hit on Broadway, it is sad to have to write this review, but it doesn’t appear from the trailer that the movie is hitting the right notes to be a success.
With the advent of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and GLEE, a strange phenomenon has occurred, people have been strangely de-sexualized into a superficial attractiveness without substance or flair. When you take the re-make director Adam Shankman’s HAIRSPRAY into account, you honestly can’t be shocked that there is very little real sexiness or substance.
It looks like ROCK OF AGES has been castrated into a banal and whimsical tour de farce of the music business. The women are attractive, but gone is their real sexiness. Somehow director Shankman lost all the sexiness of the leading ladies. No question on the director’s sexuality, it is completely irrelevant, he just doesn’t understand women or their form. Where is their oomph? Hard to tell from this feature which highlights an monkey and Tom Cruise in his attention getting intent. Only hint of sexiness on a woman is some panty shots riding the back. Everything else? Over padded bra’s hiding a hint of real breasts.
It is a sad movie trailer where all the women look like they got watered down by the Parents Music Resource Center, aka Tipper Gores Anti-Music crusade parodied by Catherine Zeta-Jones. Which is probably the only character which you think ought to get that covered up treatment. If they want to parody Whisky-A-GoGo, you need real babes.
Sorry, but it looks much like another prozac musical where it is all show and little substance. I was looking forward to it, but sadly looks like another failed movie re-interpretation of a broadway show. Looks like the Broadway acting/directing style is still in place and it is as lightweight as you could believe.
Grease it ain’t. What do you think?
The one upside is that Alec Baldwin looks like he did have some quality fun with his role. It’s hard to tell if any other actors did from the trailer. Just looks like another cry for attention role for Tom Cruise, i.e., his role in Tropic Thunder (Which was just ok) This movie looks like it is destined for success with those who don’t know substantive movies. But, for those who are discerning? Down a couple of bourbons and head to the Sunset Strip for the real deal.