Tonight’s feature actually was fun! I knew that it was a musical, and I like musicals. Yet, for some reason, I had not taken in the fact that it was going to be a good story! I am just old enough (ahem…) to recall the music for this movie. I knew that some heavy-weight stars took part in the script, yet I had to sit in the cinema to get a true grasp on how good Rock of Ages turned out to be!
It begins with a bus leaving Oklahoma, as Sherrie (Julianne Hough) is on her way to Los Angeles. She arrives in the active city streets at night. At the same time, a club concert is being held, where Lonny (Russell Brand) is managing the club as a concert is happening. Sherrie enters this club, The Bourbon Room, seeing the show, with bar owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) walking past her. The evening seems to go well. Yet, when Sherrie leaves The Bourbon Room, she gets robbed!
Bourbon Room worker Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) comes to help Sherrie. As they talk, he takes in her story, then he offers her a job at the club. Sherrie proceeds to meet club owner Dennis Dupree, who allows her to serve as a waitress. Dennis is in the midst of working a deal to have famous rock star Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) to perform at his club.
Meanwhile, Mike Whitmore (Bryan Cranston) is running for L.A. Mayor, with the assistance of his wife, Patricia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Whitmore’s platform is to clean up the streets of L.A., which includes closing The Bourbon Room. Dennis Dupree gets wind of this, and he gets help from friend and business associate Paul Gill (Paul Giamatti).
Paul plans to make The Bourbon Room become more of an attractive location. He plans to have the famous Stacee Jaxx to perform at the club. However, Patricia means to stop this, as she has a long-standing vendetta against Jaxx from a failed college relationship between them. Patricia arranges public protests with her church to have plans for closing The Bourbon Room to remain in place!
The night that Jaxx is to perform at The Bourbon Room is when Jaxx is interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine reporter Constance Sack (Malin Akerman). This lady gets details from Jaxx about rumors that he is a problem to other members of his band, and that he had been kicked out because of his attitude problems. Their conversation develops into a deeper interaction, but she stops it when Jaxx makes a snide comment that offends her!
Patricia continues to make efforts toward her husband’s re-election. She contacts Dennis to get ideas on what needs to be done, prompting Dennis to contact Paul. They manage to get Stacee to commit to performing, yet an antagonistic faction forms to prevent Stacee from making an appearance. They have church-lead functions to build support rallies against Stacee.
As all of this is occurring, Sherrie is having trouble getting a job. While looking for work, she gains an ally and a friend in Justice Charlier (Mary J. Blige). Justice is the owner of a strip club, and she give a job to Sherrie as a waitress. Yet, personal issues between her and Drew lead Sherrie to plan a return to her Oklahoma home. She has reached a point where she feels she will be better off away from Los Angeles.
Sherrie goes to reflect while sitting atop The Hollywood Sign. Drew meets her at the sign, where they have time for personal expression to each other, under the tune of the Foreigner hit song, Waiting For A Girl Like You. Drew is not able to keep Sherrie from returning to Oklahoma, and he feels the agony of knowing that she is leaving (Every Rose Has It’s Thorn…).
It is later that evening when a show is going to be held at The Bourbon Room. Stacee’s fans are ready to protest against Patricia, who has a group of her followers prepared to see that the club is closed. Yet, Lonny sees Patricia outside of the club, and he realizes that he has seen her before. Lonny realizes that Patricia had appeared nude on the cover of a magazine some years prior, and he makes that known to everyone else!
Stacee winds up reading a magazine clip that was written by Constance. His browsing of the artciles leads him to reflect upon time spent with Constance, and Stacee comes to the conclusion that he loves her. He immediately goes to find her, declaring his love for her. While seeking Constance. Stacee learns that money from an earlier concert performance had been stolen by Paul, so Stacee fires him! Stacee gets the money back to Dennis, who is able to use the funds to save The Bourbon Room.
A celebratory concert is held the next evening. Constance arrives at the club, and she encounters Paul. As they talk, Stacee walks near to them, and Paul introduces him to Constance. She proceeds to interview Stacee, getting details about how he has behaved irrationally recently, and asking about why he is performing solo. Their interview slowly shifts toward personal conversation, where they realize that they are in love with each other!
Later, Stacee, Drew, and Sherrie collaborate to form a new band. Their combination leads to a spectacular performance for a massive crowd. Patricia is in the audience, along with Constance, Denny, and Lonny. The friends take the stage with their friends’ band, altogether singing Don’t Stop Believin’!
Next week has the 2012 alert-comedy of Seeking A Friend For The End of The World, the entertaining animation Brave, and the interesting, historical-horror fantasy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! The hilarious humor of Tyler Perry returns the following week with Madea’s Witness Protection, along with hot boys Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, and the comedic story of a come-to-life teddy bear with Mark Wahlberg in Ted! Movies to anticipate for July include The Amazing Spiderman, The Dark Knight Rises, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Killer Joe, The Pact, Red Lights, Savages, Union Square, and The Watch!