Rock Of Ages

Rocks the era of the 80s back into you.

The 1980s gave the world some of the best music: Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Journey, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Poison, REO Speedwagon and the list goes on, the audience gets all of these artists and more in this film adapted from the broadway show.

The story centres around a small town girl (Sherrie) and a city boy (Drew) who meet on the rock and roll sunset strip in 1987, and work at ‘The Bourbon Room’, which hosts some of the best acts of those times. It is a story about fulfilling your dreams no matter what the cost, with a bit of love thrown in.

The film stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige and Bryan Cranston. It was directed by Adam Shankman who is known for giving us ‘Hairspray’ and ‘The Pacifier’.

The lead actors don’t exactly capture your attention to start the film off, and it feels too much like a high school musical film when we see the chemistry between them (Hough and Boneta). However it is the music and the comic acting of Cruise, Brand, Baldwin and Zeta-Jones which keep the film entertaining.

Although some might say that Tom Cruise was the wrong choice to play washed up rocker ‘Stacee Jaxx’, he really delves in to the part and pulls it off well.

The audience who watch this film came to hear their favourite rock ballads of the 80s performed on screen, and want to feel the way the sunset strip made people feel back in ’87. Although cheesy and at points mushy, the film really gets your heart racing and your feet tapping. Not only will young rock and roll fans of todays youth enjoy it, but also the people who were there at the time and lived it, it will bring back memories of their times when they used to rock out.

The sunset strip is an historical place in music history and this film shows it, along with the  musical talent of that time.

Men In Black 3

Third helping of sci-fi film franchise does not disappoint.

Like me, I am sure most other fans of the Men In Black series were worried about how the new film would turn out once it had been announced, and whether it would bring to the screen what the other two films did.

Thankfully this film gives the audience everything which they have enjoyed in the previous films and more, Will Smith is back with his witty humour, Tommy Lee Jones is his usual senile old self and there are more alien creatures for the awaiting audience.

The story focuses around the original characters Agent J (Smith) and Agent K (Jones) who are still part of the Men In Black secret organisation, and once again there is an alien villain, Boris The Animal, portrayed this time by Jermaine Clement, who is plotting to take over the earth and it is up to J and K to stop him. However, director, Barry Sonnenfeld, gives us a slight twist to the tale this time, by having J time jump back to 1969. Josh Brolin is then thrust in to the role of a much younger Agent K, a role which he takes on amazingly and shows us a side of K which we have not seen before.

The great thing about a film having scenes set in the past is that it gives them the ability to create jokes about characters in the past and can show how certain aspects of time have happened to make other times in history happen.

When the film begins, the music drags you right in as an electric guitar riff blended in with the classic Men In Black theme jumps in and takes us through the whole opening scene and leaves us ready for the rest of the film.

The film was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld who also directed the first two Men In Black films, and his third instalment will keep you hooked on the storyline right up until the end.