One of the latest in a depressingly growing trend of jukebox musicals is Rock of Ages, which opened on Broadway in 2009. The show combines music from rock balladeers like Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Poison, Asia, and Twisted Sister and, in the style of the genre, forces a plot around the context of the lyrics. The show received a number of Tony nominations including Best Musical and earned a mixed critical reaction during its run on stage.
Last year it was announced that the film would be receiving a film adaptation to be directed by Adam Shankman of Hairspray fame. Throughout the year the cast has been announced and it will include Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Malin Akerman among others. The film tells the story of a rock club that is facing pressure from church groups and the two young people in the middle trying to achieve their rock and roll dreams.
The first trailer for the film premiered on Apple today and it looks like a pretty typical musical film at first glance. There is a lot of energy, a lot of over-the-top dancing, and a lot of delightfully campy costumes. The trailer plays up the movie star-quality of Tom Cruise as the whole two-minutes seems to be a build up to the reveal of his character. Personally, I would rather see Alec Baldwin or Paul Giamatti any day, but I’m aware I do not represent the mainstream consciousness. It is hard to say is Rock of Ages will be more artful fun like Chicago or cheap silliness like Footloose. I hope for a combination of the two.
Take a look at the trailer below and let me know your thoughts!
Rock of Ages will be in theatres in the U.S. on June 1, 2012.