Awards Profile: Rock of Ages

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Directed By: Adam Shankman
Written By: Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, Allan Leob

Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Cranston, Julianne Hough, Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Will Forte, Diego Boneta, Mary J. Blige

Synopsis (From IMDB): 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.

Why it could Succeed:

The original Broadway musical has a big following and many will run to the theater to see if the movie adaptation lives up to their expectations. Director Adam Shankman is like a God when it comes to musicals. Shankman is also a choreographer and is the reason why so many dance numbers we see in movies are spectacular. He’s also the reason why Hairspray, as a whole, is a phenomenal piece of work. That bit of information should give anybody getting ready to see Rock of Ages confidence that it will be a well put together musical.

It would be stupid of me not to mention that this film has an impressive ensemble, especially Tom Cruise in his first real musical role as Stacee Jaxx. From what I’ve heard, Cruise has truly dedicated himself to this role, taking singing lessons and getting the character just right. Cruise is the only actor in the film who, if he nails the role, might get some sort of attention from the Academy.

What makes a film succeed is its entertainment value, and it seems Rock of Ages isn’t lacking in that department. Coming from someone who has never seen the original musical, I was hooked when the first trailer debuted, mostly because I love musicals, but it looks like a movie that will keep your attention the whole way through, and leave you wanting to see it again. But, I will remind readers again that Shankman directed and choreographed Hairspray, and as a fan of that movie musical, I am very much looking forward to Rock of Ages.

Why It Could Fail:

Fans of the musical will walk into the movie with certain expectations, and if the film doesn’t live up to that, many will turn against it. This is always the case when it comes to movie adaptations of plays, books or previous films. Just look at Les Misérables, another musical adaptation be released this year. Many are skeptical of whether or not it will follow the story or if the casting is right.

Speaking of casting, from what I’ve heard, fans of the musical seem to be disappointed and confused with the casting of Tom Cruise. I, having never seen the musical, was even concerned with Cruise taking on a role that required him to sing because he’s never done it before. But, if we all saw the new trailer that was just released for Rock of Ages, Cruise is shown singing, but it’s only a clip compared to an entire performance. I firmly believe that Tom Cruise is the guy that can do anything, so I’m hoping he doesn’t screw this up because Cruise is at his best when he’s playing characters nobody expects him to pull off.

Awards Speculation:

I don’t see this movie getting noticed at all really. Possibly at the Golden Globes but nothing further than that. I made an early prediction that Tom Cruise would receive a Best Supporting Actor nomination, but it’s such a long shot that it most likely won’t happen. Great musicals have been released into theaters and the most recent to be considered on a whole different level was Chicago. People will most likely look at Rock of Ages as an entertaining, fun, summer Blockbuster flick. I have hope that it will be great, but I know it won’t be Oscar worthy great. But hey, I could be wrong. Let’s hope!!

Rock of Ages is scheduled to be released June 15th, 2012 and will be distributed by Warner Bros.

Oscar Potential:

Best Supporting Actor- Tom Cruise
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing