Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ROCK OF AGES trailer drops...with a load of bad karaoke

There's a reason that certain shows are created for the stage and others are created for film. Musicals need a certain sense of disbelief to work. Do people usually break out into song and dance? Not normally, but on the stage, it's all part of the show. It's the same as believing you change "locations" in a show simply because a piece of furniture is moved or a backdrop is changed.

So, it takes a certain talent, script, and all the right things to make a musical work for the screen. There hasn't been much success nowadays with the trend of adapting musicals. ROCK OF AGES is the latest victim of this trend. Directed Adam Shankman (HAIRSPRAY), ROCK OF AGES is about a young couple falling in love during the 80's era of rock n' roll.

Check out the trailer after the break

Reminds you of bad karaoke on a druken Saturday night, right? This musical made a splash on broadway because of the lightheartedness and the unconventionality of the actors "breaking the fourth wall" during the show. However, some of those theatre tricks will not translate well on screen. There's some amount of campiness to the trailer, but I have a feeling any amount of fun will be overshadowed by overacting and attempts at yelling singing.

ROCK OF AGES will be released June 1, 2012 starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, and Diego Boneta.

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