What’s it about?
It’s 1987 on the Sunset Strip. A small-town girl meets a city boy and they both pursue their Hollywood dreams. Based on the mega-hit stage musical.
What did we think?
Liz says: I’m a musical lover who’s seen Rock of Ages on stage four times. My plus-one was a musical theatre cynic, whose only exposure of ROA was through the flick’s publicity trail. But we both love the glam-rock ’80s music scene and came to the same conclusion: the movie hit some marks and missed others.
It awkwardly straddles the line between comedy and drama, with some numbers that had me rocking out of my seat, and some that left me wanting more. But Tom Cruise, as rocker Stacee Jaxx, was a revelation. And I generally dislike Cruise, so that’s saying something.
It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t bad either. It was movie limbo. But it’s certainly not the stage show.