Sound Off: Adam Shankman's 'Rock of Ages' - What Did You Think?

June 15, 2012

Rock of Ages Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? From Broadway to Hollywood, the latest musical to hit the big screen is Rock of Ages, directed by the one-and-only Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Prop 8: The Musical). He rounds up quite an ensemble lead by Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones. So how is this rockin' 80's glam metal, hair band musical extravaganza? Is it better than the original Broadway version, or just another Hollywood musical? Does Cruise rock it? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Shankman's Rock of Ages.

Note: I have not personally been able to see Rock of Ages yet, but do plan on seeing it eventually. Instead, to open up the discussion, here's some starting thoughts on the movie from our own Ben Pearson's review from Filmonic: "As a film, Rock of Ages is a solid match with the music it repackages: earnest, bombastic, and unapologetically cheesy at every turn. Though the movie’s tagline promises 'nothin’ but a good time' and mostly delivers, you’ll likely encounter a few minutes of trouble in paradise (city). Until next time…"

What did you think of Shankman's Rock of Ages? Summer musical fun or a big, flashy mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!

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I found it entertaining but still very cheesy. The whole cast was good. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand stole the movie.

Tyler Bannock on Jun 15, 2012


Tom Cruise is in it and therefore I won't waste my money.

Joseph H. Allard on Jun 15, 2012


That's a little over dramatic. Cruise has proven to be a capable actor. Separate the actor from the man.

Xerxexx on Jun 15, 2012


That would be like separating the Tea Party from from the Republicans. Not going to happen!

Joseph H. Allard on Jun 15, 2012


You're gonna miss out if you let one actor ruin a possible good time, save politics for movies for movies.

Xerxexx on Jun 15, 2012


To a certain degree, yes. For Tom Cruise, yes. But not in all cases

Ryderup on Jun 16, 2012


I agree.

Quanah on Jun 16, 2012


It isn't really about politics. It was just the first thing that came to mind. I'll wait until it comes out on NetFlix, or not.

Joseph H. Allard on Jun 16, 2012


Actors are human...and we humans are strange don't have to like Cruise as a person but he has shown time and time again that he is a strong actor.

Xerxexx on Jun 16, 2012


Yea, that's why his movie is being beat out by Madagascar. I am just not going to pay money to see his movies. I already wasted money on Prometheus.

Joseph H. Allard on Jun 16, 2012


What exactly did Cruise do to you?

Xerxexx on Jun 16, 2012


wasted money on Prometheus? Wow, I liked Prometheus a lot, but to each their own I guess.

Nathan on Jun 17, 2012


it is not about politics for me.........just find him annoying in many ways.

DustyOR on Jun 16, 2012


Yeah, my wife can't stand his views, but acknowledges his skills on the screen. He did great.

mooreworthy on Jun 16, 2012


That;s what I say, you should be able to take away the artist from the actual art. There are alot of examples of people who have made great art but are just assholes. Let's take Mel Gibson for example, he has done alot of crazy messed up stuff lately, but Braveheart is still one of my favorite movies of all time and he still makes good movies, if I can quote South Park, "Say what you will about Mel Gibson, the man knows story structure."

clocker910 on Jun 16, 2012



Xerxexx on Jun 16, 2012

17 same take particularly if he sheds any clothing...........

DustyOR on Jun 16, 2012


it was entertaining enough to enjoy but definitely not enough for a second watch.....

Jericho on Jun 15, 2012


The music was obviously good, especially if your an 80's rock fan. But story wise it was weak, depended too much on the music to tell the story instead of telling a story and let the music compliment it. Felt like I was watching a music number every 5 mins. As much as I loved the music, it almost felt a bit too much. Tom Cruise was actually good as Stacy Jaxx, Brand and Baldwin were hilarious. The two leads were weak acting wise. Over all still a fun movie.

Nathan on Jun 15, 2012

20's called a musical. The music is supposed to tell the story.

A guy on Jun 16, 2012


didn't hit the right notes ... though Russel Brand should have been given more screentime - fantastic! Catherine Zeta-Jones also delivered - but was overused in this project. XD

jmgonzales on Jun 15, 2012


Considering how great he is as Aldous Snow I figured anything other than a leading role is a waste on his singing/acting talents.

Akirakorn on Jun 16, 2012


I'd say it's great for a one-time viewing complete with classic music and actors obviously just having fun. Better to see in a large crowd. If you go expecting more than auto-tune and cheese, you will be disappointed. However, for a lighthearted nostalgia kick with some good laughs, it certainly left me satisfied.

Preston Beaty on Jun 15, 2012


Thank you Adam Shankman! You are now my new Rock God. The movie was the most entertaining I have seen in years. You took me back to high school, big hair and lots of memories. I laughed, I sang and would have danced if I coult have. Would go see this movie again again and again. Tom Cruise as a rock star, didn't think it would work, but it so did.

Leslie Dew on Jun 15, 2012


I thought it did the Broadway show a terrible dis service. I felt like I was watching a really, really, long episode of Glee. Although the music was entertaining (at times), it became very excessive and very corny. Very disappointed, but extremely impressed with Tom Cruise. And to anybody who saw this movie and not the Broadway show, do yourself a favor, and go see the show! Probably the most fun I have ever had at a Broadway show.

Mike on Jun 15, 2012


Yeah, cuz we all live close to New York and can do that whenever we want.

J on Jun 16, 2012


So much fun! Didn't love Julianne Hough but still had a blast!

Class of 84! on Jun 16, 2012


The storyline was weak. Tom Cruise was great. They def overused the songs. I felt there could have been less music. It did feel like a long episode of glee.

Max on Jun 16, 2012


There's definitely not enough fire fueled on this 'sound off' post. Happens too often lately. I wonder how this came to be...

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 16, 2012


oh damnnnn you just got spammmmmed lol

Danimal on Jun 16, 2012


Ain't that a bummer? :))

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 17, 2012


What do you mean? There's quite a few comments on here now... 🙂 Nah I just think it was one of those summer movies that our crowd of readers wasn't really that into. Ethan was interested in it, but I never saw it and am only mildly interested, only Ben did. Just the way it goes sometimes...

Alex Billington on Jun 16, 2012


People comment, that's not the problem. The Prometheus 'sound off' had +200 comments. I was talking about your comment. "To fuel the fire" is missing a lot these days, I hope you're not too busy or anything like that. It's just that I would love to hear your opinion on the film, but I can see why you wouldn't want to watch Rock of Ages, opening day.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 17, 2012


Ohhhhhhh... Yea I can't see everything, some of this stuff just doesn't come my way. Don't remember seeing any early invites either. Sometimes studios just don't invite me early, and by the time it comes out, I'm too busy to see it opening weekend. Yea. Don't worry, on all the big ones, I usually see them before they come out (just saw Brave, ALVH this weekend).

Alex Billington on Jun 17, 2012


That's true, makes sense. "just saw Brave, ALVH this weekend" Wow, looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 🙂

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 17, 2012


I received free preview tickets to a showing of this movie sponsored by KFOX FM in San Francisco and hosted by their morning man, 80's Rocker Greg Kihn... even that was not motivation enough for me to go and waste two hours of my life.

S8nBoi on Jun 16, 2012


Was very average acting from the leads with great music. The story was unbearable and the conflicts werent very relevant to the overall direction of the film

Bear Man on Jun 16, 2012


Director screwed up, Julianna Hough sucked ( had one expression throughout the movie and it was clueless). Tom Cruise was phenomenal, so was everybody else, the Director tanked this movie.

Corky on Jun 16, 2012


I honestly went for the music and ended up laughing my ass a good way. The acting wasn't top-notch but over all a good movie

Ashley Sargiotto on Jun 16, 2012


Adam Shankman is a genius! I loved the movie! The music told the story and the way they made 2 songs go together was amazing! We were singing every song and we laughed out loud at the well timed humurous parts. The cast was perfect and Tom Cruise was brilliant!!!!

angela on Jun 16, 2012


Loved it. Fun. For 50 Tom Cruise looks amazing.... Can sing as well...

jk on Jun 16, 2012

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