The other day when awaiting for Snow White and the Huntsman to start I saw a preview for the movie Rock of Ages. From the first notes of Pour Some Sugar on Me I knew I would have to see this movie. Then it happened…Tom Cruise showed up on the screen singing Bon Jovi.
The wrongness of it all cannot be put into words. How that scrawny little arrogant man got into this movie….arghhh. I had to see it anyway.
Tonight my sis-in-law, my mom and I dined without kids and went to see the movie of my junior high/high school years. It was a fun movie. Silly at times, outrageous at other times. Gross. definitely gross at times, but it is a movie about Rock and Roll.
So Mr. Cruise didn’t do a bad job. In fact, while his voice was no Joe Elliott, he didn’t butcher the anthems either. He also showed the craziness that comes with intense fame. He strutted around like Axel Rose with his chest puffed out and was so not good-looking, but many rock stars aren’t good-looking they are just famous and rich.
The singing, dancing and acting was very Mama Mia, and that is what made the movie so fun. The citizens fighting against rock and roll reminded me of watching Tipper Gore on TV talking about needing a rating system for music when I was a young teen. Twenty-some years later I thank her for that as it makes my parenting a bit easier, but at the time all I remember was thinking who names their kid Tipper and why does she hate my music! I never knew that I would vote for her husband someday. Time is funny that way.
I loved watching the movie show the transition of the hair band peak into boy bands coming to the forefront. It reminded me that my brother and I, only two years apart, had a big difference in musical taste. He loved MC Hammer and I took him to a Vanilla Ice concert (and hated it btw). Thank goodness grunge came to redeem him or he would still be running around in those pants!
If you were a rock child of the eighties go and see this movie. You’ll have fun, sing along and feel like feathering your hair! They played about four Def Leppard songs, some Bon Jovi, Poison, Warrent, Journey and more. Good stuff.