Rock of Ages, the film adaptation of the hit Broadway period piece about the rock world of the 1980s, has released its new trailer. And maybe it’s just bad timing, but it sort of reminds me a great deal of New Year’s Eve. It might be a stretch, but with one presenting itself as a high-energy, upbeat tribute to an era and its music with a superstar cast, and the other presenting itself as a high-energy, upbeat tribute to a single day and its music with a superstar cast, I can’t help but connect the two.
And like New Year’s Eve, Rock of Ages looks to be on a quest for pure, smile-inducing, somewhat cheesy, but generally well-meaning fun. In its corner, the movie has some pretty good music to help it do that. And in this age of rampant nostalgia, I can’t imagine the film won’t rope in audiences who are wistful for their glory days rocking in the Reagan years, as well as those who are two young to have lived through that era…and have always regretted that.
So, if you belong to either category, here’s a trailer for you. And with a cast including Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige and Bryan Cranston, you probably won’t be deterred.