Written June 16, 2012
I dragged my wife to the theater last night for this movie. We both enjoyed it. I am big fan of 80's hair metal so I knew I had to see it. They kept the music coming at a good pace and did a good job picking songs that would work with the scenes. The cast is probably the main reason this movie even works for me. So much talent in one film. The biggest surprise was how many times I found myself laughing. More humorous scenes than I expected. If your only expectation of this film is to have a good time watching it, you should be fine.
Written April 10, 2013
I feel like Mugatu from Zoolander when he says, "Has everyone taken crazy pills?!" How anyone, even the staunchest hair metal fans, can like this movie is unbelievable. There is not a good moment in this movie. Nothing redeemable; not one. I specifically suffered through this pile of garbage desperately looking for one good scene and discovered that there isn't one. I can't imagine how bad the Broadway musical is. When the foundation of your story is built upon one of the worst periods in musical history, you are doomed from the start. It could have possibly worked as a joke, but the creators went for the redemption angle and failed miserably. This is up there with Xanadu among the worst musical movies of all time.
Written June 24, 2012
There is something very wrong about a film when you come out of it saying "the highlight of this film was Tom Cruise". He brought the only real emotion to the film, & it was as a drugged-out whacko.
To begin, the leads were dead boring. Julianne Hough was about as interesting as a piece of soggy Wonderbread. What's-his-name who played the male lead looked 16 & had less depth than the layer a crayon leaves on a piece of paper.
Alec Baldwin & Russell Brand did bring some much needed comedy to the movie, but their scenes were disjointed & out of place with the story.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, usually a favorite for me, moved like she was 90 years old. Mary J Blige's voice was wonderful, but it seemed her character's only reason was to provide token diversity. Her story, like the Baldwin/Brand story, was out of place and missing some key exposition.
The music was blander than the storytelling. The originals are so much better.
Written June 18, 2012
Ok, a little corny but I did laugh!! The music was well done. The acting was fine. The chemistry of the "stars" comical. I am glad I saw it on the Big Screen!
Written July 05, 2012
I loved this movie! I loved the music! I am a big 80's music fan and it is so great hearing these classic songs! Tom Cruise is amazing!