Watched Jun 16, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
This place is about to become a sea of sweat, ear-shattering music and puke.
The two main characters in this film are huge clichés... and their story is an even bigger cliché. They'll be a point in the film where you'll be like "Oh... THAT's what their doing here? Seriously?". I think Diego Beoneta and Julianne Hough play likeable enough characters and do what they can with the roles they are given, which really isn't much.
Where the film really shines is the rest of the cast. They're given much more to work with and much more to have fun with, especially Tom Cruise. He pretty much personifies what most people imagine the lead singers of almost every "hair band" of the 80s was like. The rest of the cast just look like they are having a blast in the film and it really comes through in their performances.
The real deciding factor of whether or not someone will like the movie will probably be directly proportionate to your love of the music in the film. I'm an unapologetic child of the 80s and loved every single song in this film. The film opens up with Paradise City playing over the Warner Bros logo... and then Paradise City plays again over the closing credits, that factor alone would signal anyone who knows me personally that the film had me wrapped around it's little finger. Is this a 4 star movie? No, but it gave me 4 stars worth of entertainment and then some.