Director (and all-out choreographer) Adam Shankman knows how to bring Hollywood’s A-game together. Think back his remake of John Water’s iconic Hairspray with John Travolta in drag and Christopher Walken and Michelle Pfeiffer singin’n’dancin. We daresay that’s the lure of his films. His latest outing, Rock of Ages, is even more big-budget schlock than cult reimagining – think Coyote Ugly meets This Is Spinal Tap. The story is banal: girl (Hough) comes to big city, meets boy (Boneta), they fall in and out of love, and in the end, love conquers. And they get to sing, dance and be famous. Good for them. But the star-studded supporting cast steals the show: a shaggy Alec Baldwin, passionate about rock’n’roll and an unexpected but true love; a scorned Catherine Zeta-Jones doing sexy WASP-y dances and Tom Cruise cum Axl Rose, complete with spoiled rock star attitude and monkey. This movie is too easy to hate; but if you love the poodle rock of the 1980s and don’t take it too seriously, you may just end up liking it.
Rock Of Ages | Directed by Adam Shankman (USA 2012) with Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Starts June 14