Rock of Ages: Why Is It Not Rocking The Box Office?

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There are some fun things in Rock of Ages--it's hard to resist the gay twist, the boy band joke, and Alec Baldwin--but the movie's not exactly igniting the box office with the pyrotechnics of a metal concert.

And I know why:


The people who like '80s metal music aren't dying to see two bland young people in a cookie-cutter love story.

Too many songs. The mood takes on a deadening dullness after a while. And liking the songs doesn't mean you necessarily want to see these people do them.

Tom Cruise is hot again, but if you liked him in MI4, does that mean you want to see him in a comic musical turn?

Tom is actually very funny--in his first scene. But the character becomes a bit of an overextended joke.

He's been given a way too young sounding, polished singing voice. Wait, he says it's his own voice. Never mind.

Catherine Zeta Jones overacts as the mayor's scandalously uptight wife, throwing off the tone at times.

It occasionally comes off like one of those rock/disco movies that destroyed '70s cinema--Sgt. Pepper meets Xanadu.


But as I said, there are some appealing scenes and performances, so it's not a total washout--more a near-miss that feels like a long sit.

And yet, I can assure you there will be a MI5 but not a Rock 2.

We're not gonna take it!

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14 comments
Home Snowflake31
Home Snowflake31

Tom Cruise performance as Stacee Jaxx's was the best thing about this movie, he stole the show and without him it's just ok! Wouldv'e love to see a whole story just about Cruise's character Stacee Jaxx's, when he's off screen your waiting for him to please come back! Cruise is having so much fun with this character, he just goes all out with this role, like does all his role! Congrats Tom Cruise on taking a rock star role and stealing the show, you give this film the bright shining moment it deserves! Some critic's like Rock of Ages, some don't but Tom Cruise made this movie enjoyable, make no doubt about it, he has amazing presents here on screen, I wouldn't be surprised if he get's nominated come award season, that how great his supporting role was! See this movie just for his performance, that's the one thing the critic do seem to agree with when it comes to Rock Of Ages!

Rodizio
Rodizio

This looks soooooooooooo boring. Can we please have some movies about the US as it looks TODAY, you know, not only full of uppermiddle class white people?

candy
candy

Movie is targeting Generation X who rather go see the real 80s hair bands and think its cheesy when their grandma wants to sing "here i go again" by whitesnake watching a bway show

Guest
Guest

Maybe because the people who used to like hair metal finally grew up and realized that these songs are horrible.

BetteD
BetteD

"...Tom's assless chaps ..." God, thanks a lot -- I just had a Wendy's single cheeseburger (with onion, tomato, pickle, lettuce, and mayo) and now I'm running to the bathroom to blow chunks.

Troofire
Troofire

Gee, maybe the much-maligned ignorant unwashed audiences are growing up a bit and showing some independence from the studios'  low expectations.

freddiemessina
freddiemessina

The show isn't very good. It just appeals commercially because of the familiarity of the songs. This shouldn't have been made into a movie. There are way too many other good musicals out there.

Wings
Wings

America must have been turned off by Tom's assless chaps!

Jonny
Jonny

Metal hair.  Bad costumes. Zeta-Jones over-Boxted. Scrungy people who make the homeless look like runway models.  Really, blame the publicity and the posters.  This just screams MUST TO AVOID.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Mamma Mia also had old songs and a young love story, but the focus was more on the mother (Meryl) and the whole thing was giddy enough to sustain. This one isn't.

Morrissea
Morrissea

Meat is murder. - The Smiths

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