June 16, 2012

My piece on the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages is now up on the Interaksyon website. Like 80s music but abhor musicals? Then this is just the thing for you, bub.

Excuse me while I purchase an attack baboon. I shall christen him: Hey Dude.

REVIEW: Horns (thumb and pinky) up for ‘Rock of Ages’

By Karl R. De Mesa, Interaksyon.com · Friday, June 15, 2012 · 11:01 pm

“I’m a stripper,” Sherrie Christian ((Julianne Hough), country lass turned fallen angel, confesses to her ex-beau, former rocker Drew Boley (Digeo Bonita).

“I’m in a boy band!” he replies as he waves to his old-school hip-hop regalia of oversized jeans, backwards cap, and ridiculous pastel colors.

She looks down on Hollywood soil in sheer embarrassment for him. Is there a worse fate for a man who loves rock? In the context of “Rock of Ages”, the answer is: nothing.

Originally a Broadway play, “Rock of Ages” takes the glam and devil horns into the realm of movie magic excess and makes it a masterpiece of camp, high drama, and more ’80s rock hits than you can shake a mullet at.

Director Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”) envisioned this adaptation as “a movie musical that guys would drag their girlfriends to for a change”.

He succeeds overwhelmingly in that regard as this movie is definitely dude-friendly, especially if the dude remembers the days of Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, and the hair bands of the ’80s.

If only all musicals could be this fun, sexy and tongue-in-cheek, more guys would jump the bandwagon.

The main plot has Julianne Hough shining in her rollercoaster role of innocence lost as Sherrie, the picture-perfect “small town girl” of Journey’s song with her wide-eyed earnestness, signed LP collection, and blonde curls, who arrives in LA in 1987 and falls for Drew, a stage hand at the famed The Bourbon Room.

Their romance blossoms almost instantly, after he gets her a job at the place where many heads have banged and even more ears have been blown by the shred. Unfortunately, it fizzles soon after the lovebirds encounter the eccentric, larger-than-life rock star Stacee Jaxx.


Drew mistakes the sight of a disheveled and half-undressed Sherrie leaving Jaxx’s dressing room as testament to coitus. While any true fan would have screamed “Hall pass!” upon seeing their girl quite possibly bumping uglies with the rock star they both adore, Drew instead gives Sherrie the cold shoulder. They break up soon after.

Without a doubt, the centerpiece of the movie is Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, the self-indulgent soon-to-be-former lead singer of Arsenal. He totes around groupies, bodyguards, and a pet baboon named Hey Man in both totemic affectation and concurrent mirror to his mental weather.

He also touches women’s breasts to feel their heart, speaks in non-sequiturs, and becomes a living Dionysus on stage with his revolver hip tats pointing down to his groin.

Read the rest of the article HERE.


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