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Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree, left, and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in New Line Cinema’s rock musical “Rock of Ages,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo: AP

Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree, left, and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in New Line Cinema’s rock musical “Rock of Ages,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo: AP

Film Review | Rock of Ages

Film Review | Rock of Ages

Breezy foot-tapper

A stage musical usually follows a set pattern—small-town wannabes with stars in their eyes coming to Hollywood, finding love and facing hurdles. ‘Rock of Ages’, directed by Adam Shankman (‘Hairspray’), is no different. Def Leppard fans will recognize the title from the band’s 1983 album ‘Pyromania’. The film is a celebration of the glam rock era of the 1980s, lacing together a collection of anthems with a thin narrative.

Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree, left, and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in New Line Cinema’s rock musical “Rock of Ages, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo: AP

This is why ‘Rock of Ages’ works, because boy bands may come and go, but rock music lives on. Plus, there’s the unarguably charismatic Cruise as a damaged bad boy rock star who goes through the entire film topless. He is indeed the star of the film.

The supporting cast—of Giamatti, Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Malin Akerman—seems to be having a good time. Look out for a cameo by R&B singer Mary J. Blige. And two thumbs up to the choreography by Mia Michaels and the voice coaches who got each of the actors to sing their parts with such ease.

At one point, when the Hollywood lights don’t look so attractive, Sherrie confesses that she has hit rock bottom and become a stripper. Drew responds that he’s sold out his rock-star dreams and is a member of a boy band. “You win!" says Sherrie.

You can’t help but enjoy that cheeky rebuttal to mainstream commercialization.

Rock of Ages released in theatres on Friday.

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