Here is my wish for you: I wish that you live long enough to have times you really clearly remember count for a “period piece”. I wish that you live to see clothes you would still consider wearing being used as vintage costumes. And if you still want leather pants, I wish you leather pants.
Some of the stars of this movie weren’t even born yet in ’87, so from their vantage point they may as well be starring in the Hatfields and McCoys mini series on History. Cruise and Baldwin can play from memory, and they’re both funny. Especially TC. Say what you will about his sofa hopping or the fact that his wife was like 9 in ’87, but he can rock. As can Zeta-Jones and, to maybe a lesser extent, Russell Brand.
Can all actors sing? That seems unlikely, but man, lots and lots of them appear to be able to at least kind of rhythmically talk along with a soundtrack. So the movie’s like that. Kind of like an extended video from the period, if you remember videos. They used to be on a channel that played them all the time. It was an entire channel that played music, and it was on TV, so they called it Music TV, or MTV for short. It sounds crazy now, but there used to be such a thing.
ROA was choreographed by Mia Michaels from So You Think You Can Dance, and directed by Adam Shankman who judges on the show, and it has that kind of feel more than a rock concert feel, if you know what I mean. And if you’re old enough to have seriously considered wearing leather pants, then you do, in fact, know what I mean. And if you’re currently wearing leather pants, well, good for you! It’s gonna be hot today, so be careful, you may waist-down suffocate. Which is a very rock and roll way to go.
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