movie: Rock of Ages
starring: Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti
genre: Music, Comedy
format: Shaw Video On Demand
plot: A religious activist is trying to ban rock music, and targets a popular bar that is famous for starting the careers of some of the biggest names in the business.
I have been wishy washy about seeing this film, as it had 3 things against it already 1) I don't care much for musicals, 2) I really hate rock operas and 3) Other then Interview with the Vampire I have never been able to sit through more then five minutes of a Tom Cruise movie
What it had going for it was 1) Paul Giamatti, 2) it's set in the late 1980's during the heavy metal hair band era, 3) everyone I've talked to hated it so it must be good
Bonus points for having real rock stars from that era as extras and wrestler Kevin Nash as a body guard. Even though Nash didn't have a talking role, it was cool just having him stand there looking serious during all the music video moments.
I remember being a teenager during the late 1980's/early 1990's when the whole mom's against rock thing was happening, as well as the documentary Decline of the Western Civilization Part 2 the Metal Years was released.
This movie is more an idealized snip of that time in pop culture then anything else
what do i think i learned from this film?
You risk more then just "selling out" when you sell out your dreams. This movie is a morality tale as well as a tale of self truth. There is a line from the movie about how the spotlight doesn't just shine on the star but makes those surrounding the star disappear. This line is sort of the heart of the story, reminding you to not loose sight of who you are or the people who really love you.