Rock of Ages Review and Pitch Perfect

Hallelujah! The kids were healthy this weekend and Jacob and I finally got to keep one of our dates. On Father’s Day we dropped the kids off at my parents’ house, grabbed lunch and saw Rock of Ages. What? You guys actually spend Father’s Day with your kids? Weird.

Anyway, I still don’t know how I feel about it. I had a good time watching it, that’s for sure. It was entertaining and funny. The cast was pretty great. Russell Brand was perfect. Malin was hilarious. It was fun watching Alec Baldwin play such a weirdo. Julianne and Diego were heartwarming and adorable. I also loved every single outfit she wore, even though it was all, like, totally ‘80s. Catherine was funny and so pretty, but I could have done without Brian Cranston’s strange storyline. I could have done without the baboon too. I hate primates in movies! And then there’s Tom. On one hand he was completely awesome. His creepy calm persona was so different than anything I’ve seen him do and he really is a great actor. But when he performed on stage I felt like he was too old for the part. His scenes were such a departure from the rest of the fun, easy going musical. It was dark and slow paced and for a while there I felt like I was watching a totally different movie.

While Tom’s performance is getting rave reviews, the rest of the movie isn’t faring so well. I feel like people have the wrong impression of what this movie is supposed to be. It’s a musical filled with songs from hair bands. It shouldn’t be taken seriously. Other people in the audience didn’t laugh when they were supposed to and they scoffed at some of the most hilarious parts. Yes, the musical is a million times better and so much funnier, and they really did rewrite a lot of it and made everything end happily ever after. But this is a very lighthearted movie with a lot of sex (very hilarious sex), which I think turned some people off. But come on! It’s about sex, drugs (which they replaced with alcohol) and rock and roll! What did they expect? I liked it. I won’t watch it over and over and over like some other musicals I have, but Jacob and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you saw it I’m so curious to hear what you thought. Especially if you saw the musical too!

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Rock of Ages was the movie I was most looking forward to seeing this summer. Yes, even more excited than any of the superhero movies. I’m a different kind of nerd. And now that it’s over, I was wondering what I would get excited about next. Then I discovered the trailer for Pitch Perfect. It’s based on the nonfiction book by Mickey Rapkin who follows a season of collegiate a cappella. He covers the talent, the groupies, the partying, and of course the rivalry. So yeah, it’s basically Glee set in college, which most people wouldn't like, but I think it looks awesome. First, it’s got such an amazing cast. The coolest group of girls and some cute new boys.

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks

Skylar Astin (Taking Woodstock), Adam DeVine (Workaholics), Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter)

Second, it’s filled with music from the ‘90s. Third, the screenplay was written by Kay Cannon, a former writer for 30 Rock. And finally, it’s directed by Jason Moore who was nominated for a Best Director Tony Award for Avenue Q. He’s also directed episodes of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and Brothers and Sisters. Don't believe me yet? Watch the trailerThe movie doesn’t come out until October 5th, so it’ll give me plenty of time to read the book.

I can’t wait to “get pitch slapped.” Yeah, I went there.


dtmmr said...

I am not a huge fan of 80's music, but I can easily say that this flick had me tapping my toes and singing along to just about every jam. The story itself was weak, but whenever they focused on the music and Tom Cruise, the film won me over. Nice review Christina.

Christianna said...

I have to admit that after really thinking about it, the musical trumps the movie. Yes, I still had a lot of fun watching the movie and thought the cast was talented. But I missed the hell outta those darn Germans!

And I have this feeling that it was hard for the actors to commit to the characters that were built for the musical, when the movie had such a different result at the end. I think the play ending was so much better. Do you know what I'm saying?

Christianna said...

P.S. I totally wanna see "Pitch Perfect"!

Meghan @ Shine On said...

Oh my goodness. We must go see that movie together! I hadn't heard about it until you posted it, and I'm already in love! What an AWESOME cast, and that chick from Bridesmaids cracks me up.

Still have to see Rock of Ages - I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan, so it'll be interesting, I'm sure!


Jessica Renee said...

Thanks for sharing your review! I'm not sure why people always take some movies so seriously. I'm still excited to see if even if people aren't giving it the greatest reviews.

and I'm super intrigued by Pitch Perfect now!

hotpants™ said...

Tom Cruise is definitely a whackadoo, but the man can act. I've always given him that.

I'm still all about The Dark Knight Rises. Sandler's new film was HILARIOUS though.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I think this is a film I'l lwait to see via Netflix. Tom Cruise just freaks me out as of the last few years. I watched the latest Mission Impossible with my dad this weekend and had a hard time getting into it bc of Tom.

Glad everyone was healthy and you got to go on a date!