The highly anticipated feel good film of the year leaps from the stage to the big screen and will certainly make you want to tap your feet and bring out your air guitar as you sit in your seat and sway to so many of our favourite rock anthems.
Casting lesser known actors to play the leads was a great decision which certainly gave more gravitas and believability to the film. It was refreshing to see a supporting cast of some of Hollywood’s finest actors including Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and Bryan Cranston embrace their roles and really play up their parts with great humour and allow us to see them as we’ve never seen them before. My biggest disappointment was the lack of consistency with Russell Brand’s Brummie accent which made feel he could have done with some nurturing from Slade front man and great glam rocker himself Noddy Holder.
For me Tom Cruise’s portrayal of Stacee Jaxx was phenomenal and the film is worth seeing for his performance alone. It would have been so easy to play a one dimensional hedonistic rocker yet Cruise brings so much truth to a complex character and his stage performance gives even the mighty Mick Jagger a run for his money.
So warm up your vocal chords and prepare yourself for an almighty sing-along as Rock of Ages allows us to “Don’t Stop Believing!”
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