movie: Rock Star
starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston
genre; drama, music
format: TV edit
plot: When the lead singer of a heavy metal tribute band is offered the chance to replace his idol in the group Steel Dragon, he spends the next two years of his life trying to fit in.
This is loosely based on the real life of Tim Owens, who took over as lead for Judas Priest.
Good, but not great. This is one of those films, that if you grew up in the 1980's/early 1990's like I did, you would get a kick out of seeing so many of the bands/band members as extras and supporting characters (now I really want to find a dvd copy of Decline of the Western Civilization Part 2 the Metal Years, mine's on vhs)
The themes seem to be a blend of never giving up on your dreams, and how we perceive (all about perception) our heroes. More then once in the movie, someone tells the Wahlberg character that he's got to create a "good story for the fans". This, over time eats away at his own sense of self until he has to make a choice, either continue deluding himself and the fans or stand up for what he believes in.