3 1/2 Stars
There is an infectious joy that creeps off the screen in the opening moments of the musical Rock of Ages. Perhaps its that gloriously dramatic 1980s rock music that perfectly captures this moment in time. The Bourbon Room was once the hottest club on the Sunset Strip, but things have changed and the club is struggling financially. It is run by Dennis Dupree,(Alec Baldwin) a man with rock and roll in his veins but an overhead to manage, the club can be saved by a one-night only performance from the legendary Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). This framework also includes the tale of a small town girl fresh off the bus from the Midwest looking to make it big in Hollywood, and the bartender / wannabe rock star city boy that falls in love with her. Also mixed in is a subplot chronicling the vehement protest from a conservative women’s group, lead by the wife (Zeta-Jones) of a mayoral candidate, against rock music in general, and the Bourbon Room specifically.The screenplay was adapted by playwright Chris D’Arienzo, working with Justin Theroux and Allan Loeb.