Offspring Entertainment has released the first trailer of the much anticipated film adaptation of the rock musical Rock of Ages. Musicals, despite being released only once in a while and being an acquired taste, are still pretty popular among a diverse audience. This year’s The Muppets definitely gave strong message that musicals are alive and well, plus we’ve had some of the most interesting forms of musicals in recent years, such as Nine, Hairspray, and, of course, Sweeney Todd.
Rock of Ages, however, may gain a larger audience due to its familiar list of songs from some of the most popular rock bands of the 80s, plus with a star studded cast it’s safe to say even fans who aren’t fond of musicals may want to take a look. The aforementioned cast includes Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough (Footloose), and Diego Boneta (Paradise Lost), among others. Adam Shankman, who also directed the 2007 adaptation of Hairspray which turned into a surprise box office hit, directs the film.
Check out the trailer below:
Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.
So as you can see, Rock of Ages definitely makes it known that the typical cliches of the 80s, from the sex symbol rock stars to the sense of style, are the main attraction, while the overall plot points are at a minimum to focus a little more on the soundtrack. Who can blame them when you have songs from legendary bands like Def Leppard or Journey as source material?
Probably the best part of the trailer, though, is the monumental, god-like status of Cruise’s rock star, Stacee Jaxx. We never hear him speak nor do we barely see his face (once or twice) but it’s still so effective, bringing a clever use of the “less is more” approach.
The rest of the trailer is pretty standard, showing samples to a few of the film’s musical numbers and introducing majority of the characters, but it still looks to be a fun spin on a genre that has such a limited audience, and promises that even non-musical fans will have a great time singing along to their favorite songs. If you’re a fan of rock and roll and a few comedic moments, definitely check out Rock of Ages.
Rock of Ages hits theatres on June 1, 2012.