Let me just say the opening scene of this movie shocked me… I had no idea that Tom Cruise could sing- and sing he did! Playing the rock god Stacee Jaxx, he fulfilled every expectation one could have of the role.
Sarah and I were able to watch the Broadway play when it came to Denver, and it was by far one of our favorites of all time! The movie was a perfect portrayal of the play and followed along closely, if not exactly, to the story line experienced by watching it on stage.
Just in case you do not know the story- think of Journey’s "Don’t stop believing". Sherry Christian (played by country singer Julianne Hough) travels to LA to make it big as a singer. Within minutes of arriving, she is mugged and meets up with Drew Boley (played by Diego Boneta from TV’s 90210). He gets her a job at the Bourbon Room, run by Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and Lonny (Russell Brand). The story is outlined with 80′s songs that tell the story of their life during a two week period, and punctuated with comic relief from Dennis and Lonny. Once again- I was amazed at the vocal talent given from the actors on this movie…
Filled with an all-star cast, we saw performances by Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti (Win Win, Hangover Part II, John Adams), Catherine Zeta Jones( No Reservations, Oceans 12, Chicago), cameo’s by Eli Roth (Inglorious Basterds and producer of multiple films), Debbie Gibson, Bryan Cranston (Madagascar 3, Malcolm in the Middle) and T.J. Miller (Yogi Bear, Chelsea Lately). We were actually able to sit next to T.J.’s mother and father during the screening, and got a little background on him.
Who this is for- Anyone who enjoys 80′s music, musicals and a really interesting story
Who this is not for- Younger children, people who do not enjoy musicals at all
My Recommendation- Worth seeing in the theater, but not a must see until it reaches DVD.