Ok, to start off I was semi-coaxed into seeing this with a lady person. I say "semi-coaxed" cause I actually kinda wanted to see it months ago (she didn't need to know that though). I (pretended) to suck up my male pride and expected a fluff musical that focused on the most sexualized, self-destructive era of music while keeping it clean for the "Glee" generation. I was right but I was still entertained...in parts.
The acting is fueled by a well-rounded and interesting cast for a musical. Almost too strong a cast for a plot that was way too simple for the amount of acting potential in the film. All the veterans do fine in their roles, which is pretty bad for the film's two young leads played by Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough. These two seriously bring the movie down from being light-hearted and fun when they aren't singing. They are a little too bright eyed and wooden on-screen that their interactions on screen can cause involuntary eye rolling. You know what's gonna happen with these two within 5 minutes of the credits running, and anyone watching this only came for the music mainly. If they could train Cruise and Baldwin to sing couldn't they have gotten two young proper actors to fill the parts rather that two American Idol rejects?
If you are expecting all the sleazy Glam Metal you can handle, don't. I think I heard two Journey songs, absolutely no Motley Crue, Ratt, Warrant, Dokken, Skid Row (Though Sebastian Bach has a cameo) hell not even Stryper! I half expected them to break out some Duran Duran or Foreigner half-way through the video. The songlist is all sugary pop as the hardest band's covered are Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.
Now about Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx (Double the E double the X double the cool. Sorry, funny joke from Giamatti in the film.). If anyone was a fan of Interview with a Vampire and wondered how the god-awful Queen of the Damned would of been like had Cruise signed on to be Lestat again, and he would of properly trained to sing rather that lip-synch to some goofy wrist cutting Korn song RoA is your answer to that. Tom was kinda awesome. Off stage he's wearing a demonic codpiece Brett Michaels bandanna/hat combo and talking like a sullen Clint Eastwood. On stage he becomes this unholy combo of Glen Danzig, John Morrision, and Keith Richards with coked up crazy eyes at a bachelorette party. Cruise was the best part of the movie by far and he didn't sound bad either.
So yeah, don't expect much from the story nor a music selection covering 80's metal decadence in this film. Shut your brain off and it's a decent film only marred by two dippy leads.
Oh yeah, you're boy Kevin Nash is in it. He's in there all unpunished for what he did to CM Punk....Seriously who is his agent?
By Jupiter's Cock ! Mrs. Dunk & I were huge fans of Blood & Sand and big fans of Gods of the Arena. I actually think they writers did a pretty good job of backfilling for Gods of the Arena to allow it to work with the upcoming Blood & Sand Part 2 in 2012....