Rock of Ages ★★½

Modern moviegoers can be quick to dismiss musicals as relics of a time long-past – when films didn’t always take themselves as seriously. and subsequently, audiences had an easier time suspending disbelief when actors did more singing (and dancing) than talking (and developing characters). In that way, Rock of Ages is both a rousing throwback and a missed opportunity. Musical fans will likely find themselves engaged in the onscreen numbers and campy comedy beats, but for anyone who isn’t outright interested in the film, Rock of Ages hits plenty of sour notes. Instead, the movie is mostly pandering to its base without putting in the extra effort to standout as not just a competent musical, but a must-see film experience for all audiences. [Read more]