Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvanias premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers its not enough?
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This is a movie that no viewer should take seriously, and simply enjoyfor its funny, clichÃ©'d, bubblegum take on the 1980s metal/hair bandthing.Mark Wahlberg's acting is a bit wooden, but it works in this filmbecause he's playing a young man who is uncomfortable in his own skin(very much the same kind of performance he delivers in Boogey Nights).Aniston is miscast. She's too polished for the girlfriend/manager role,but she's tolerable. Good supporting performances by Timothy Spall,Dominic West, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jason Flemyng, Tim Olyphant andMatthew Glave. The supporting performances are a strength of the movie,along with the music, which is very well done. I'm not a metal fan, butthe movie has a handful of very catchy tunes. The concerts feel realenough. The dialog works and the plot moves along at a decent pace,delivering a number of laughs and a palpable feel for therise-fall-reborn sequence of the Chris Cole/Izzy character.Recommended for light-hearted viewing.
This review is from: Rock Star (DVD) This movie is just awesome. This is the story of a rock and roll singer wannabe who got to be. This is a fun ride from beginning to end.
Mark Wahlberg, the star of Rock Star, seems not totally right for thismovie. Not just because of the Marky Mark past image, but also because heseems uncomfortable sometimes in the movie. Sure he might have a godsinging voice as a hairband lead singer, but that might not totallycompensate in my book. It would've helped a little if it looked like he washaving a little more, well, fun. Both Wahlberg and the film have somethingin common- they take themselves too seriously.Still, the film has it's moments. They're are a good number of in-jokes andpuns at the rock industry (It's no Spinal Tap though), some alright rockmusic, and a good feel for the period. But, the film becomes muddles afterwhat we know the plot is is established. Formula, toppled with formula,with only a tad of compensation. By the way, though the film might sound original with it's plot, it'sactually based (in part of course) on the events that transpired with JudasPriest when they kicked Rob Halford out of the band (you might even spot agay reference here or there). B-
so the critics hated it. well it didnt have opera and wasnt in black and white so of course they hated it. i love this movie the music brings back the height of 80's rock. also the storie line. you have to look deeper into this movie to find what the director was really trying to show, something along the lines of dreams not always being what you want them to be. and it also shows just whats behind the mask of rock glam bands, its absolutly brilliant. watch the movie a couple of times and youll see what i mean. and please people dont listen to critics. they will only tell you a movie is good if they like it, besides we are individuals aren't we.
Call me crazy, but I love this movie. I've seen it several times and it never fails to make me laugh,dream and get a little crazy. Mark does a great job and is so easy on the eyes. Jennifer is a good second to him and I love the "Matts" character. For some reason, I never tire of this movie
I really enjoyed this movie. I thought that it would be stupid and boring(and yes, at times, it was both), but there were enough quirks in it to makeit really different and interesting.First of all, I found it immensely amusing that Chris' parents were totallyinto his rock 'n' roll lifestyle and it was his brother who was the wetblanket instead. Also, I liked how Jennifer Aniston, as his girlfriend,handled the situation. Instead of being totally immature and jealous andbreaking up with him in a screaming match with accusations flyingeverywhere, she calmly tells him that this is his time and his dream andalthough she is sad that she doesn't have a bigger part in it, she iscontent to go do something she wants to.Also, I watched this movie on DVD and I would totally recommend this way toview it. If you listen to the director commentary, he tells you that thereare artists from Slaughter, Dokken, Third Eye Blind, and Verve Pipe amongothers that play the musicians (including Jason Bonham). Therefore, theseguys really contributed a lot of input as to whether the movie wasrealistic. As for the guy who commented that there was no connection toJudas Priest, the director said that the studded vest, hat, and collar seenat the Steel Dragon house was a direct reference to Judas Priest. Also,that the lead singer of Steel Dragon turned out to be gay.So, if you like rock movies I would totally recommend thisone!!
Rockstar is the ultimate movie. It is the story of a guy who loves a band and becomes lead singer of the band. Mark Wahlberg did a great job acting. As a 13 yr old, i loved it best because of mark and blas elias of slaughter was in it 2. That made it all the better.
Don't waste your time with this one...The "dramatic" scenes of band members arguing are laughable. I was an 80's big-hair rock fan, and I still didn't like the movie. Marky Mark once again shows his one-dimensional acting prowess (did his facial expression EVER change in Planet of the Apes?). Rent "This is Spinal Tap" instead.
***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS***I'm going to assume that both A) nobody is serious about wanting to REALLYsee this movie, and B) nobody who saw it was expecting it to be anotherCitizen Kane, so, having said that...It still was horrible. Mark lays down an emotionless performance.Anistonis no more vibrant than her character on Friends, which isn't thatdifferentfrom the one in the movie, really. The best actor in the film was the oldBritish manager guy, who wasn't stellar.The worst part of this movie, apart from having to hear way too much ofthecrappy music (nothing like fake old metal songs performed by some studioartist and lip-sinc-ed by Marky Mark) was that there was only script forthehalf of it.Here we go - boy likes band, boy tries to be like band, boy loses hisband,boy gets to be in his favorite band. This much we knew... and after thispoint in the film - the little jokes leave, the vicarious excitementleaves,and the cliches take over. The film loses any momentum it had, and peoplestart going to the bathroom, getting more popcorn, talking to their dates,etc. Boy parties too hard, boy loses girl, boy quits band.Gee, who saw it coming?Had the film been a true biopic, with legal rights as such, it might havebeen better. But the "oh, no, we're definately not talking about JudasPriest" act is a little lame. It left me wondering what parts of the filmwere fact or fiction, if they even interviewed, etc. And the effect waslost -- songs "performed" were (as far as I could tell) fake, notauthenticrock songs, outfits were cheezy and lame (Dragons? They came up withDragons?? Who wears a dragon?), and the viewers couldn't get into thefalseness of it. It was as if they started making the movie using JudasPriest's name, songs, and look... then got sued, and had to whitewashit...leaving nothing much behind. That was my take on it. It just felt...awkward.A more interesting story may have been the heartbreak and tribulations ofthe "kicked-out-largely-for-coming-out" lead singer.But instead we get this tired old story that quits halfway through thepicture.
This review is from: Rock Star (Keep Case Packaging) (DVD) I love this movie and could watch it over and over again. The music is great for one thing. I especially love the colorful song at the end of the movie. All the Steel Dragon songs are great too but then you had folks like Zach Wilde playing and real rock star singers too. That is great. Also, it so reminds me of my younger days. Jennifer Anniston is great in it. She did a good job with the role and well, anything with Mark Wahlberg in it rocks! I could look at him all day long...LOL! But really, he is a terrific actor. I never get tired of watching it.
As a Heavy Metal fan I was keen to see this film, even though I had afew doubts going in. However those doubts were soon put to bed as thefilm progressed. The first half was very enjoyable for a fan of themusic. A great sound track and the songs of Steel Dragon had a good 80srock vibe about them.The first hour of the film basically takes the story of what happenedto Judas Priest in the early 90s: they're singer leaves and they hire anew singer who was previously in a Judas Priest tribute band. Howevercome the second half of the film they really mess things up with theplot. We are somehow supposed to believe that Mark Walhberg's characteris obsessed with Steel Dragon and actually singing for them is theultimate dream come true but then when he actually achieves this dreamhe is just gonna walk out on it so he can be with his girlfriend whodoesn't even support his dream and suddenly get over the band.I'm sorry, but I just don't buy it. To me it basically said that HeavyMetal is just a phase that you'll one day grow out of. Well any truefan will tell you that this music stays with you for life. To me thismovie was not written for fans of the genre because they totally coppedout on the ending.However, I was pleasantly surprised with Mark Walhberg. I still thinkhe is one of the worst actors in Hollywood today, but I thought hehandled the role very well. Also, as I said before, the soundtrack wasalso cool. It was also great to see Steel Dragon made up of actualmusicians: Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black label Society), Jeff Pilson(Dokken)and Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham).A film of two halves so I'm gonna give 5/10 a wasted a potentially goodfilm messed up by ridiculous plot holes.
Mark's ability to carry the innocent dreamer of his character throughouttheentirety of the whole film; even during the really raunchy scenes (whichmany could have been eluded to, or mostly cut out for the viewers to enjoy)mark walhberg can wail... he is showing to be such a versatile talent inmusic and film.
Mark Wahlberg brings more of his lack of appeal to this role as a wannaberock n roll vocalist who (along with various bandmates) dreams of becomingthe next Steel Dragon. And of course, he accomplishes thesefeats.Not bad, but absolutely nothing that you haven't seen before. VH-1 does thesame thing better in hour-long "Behind the Music" installments.Good period music, though.** out of ****
This movie was a horrible, cliched steaming pile. The actors were too oldand recycled from other roles they had played, the storyline was stale,thesoundtrack was awful, and Steel Dragon is one of the stupidest names for aband I've ever heard. It's just a name some old guy thought up to makethensound tough and metal. For those of you who think this is metal, go outandpick yourselves up a copy of Reign in Blood by Slayer.
Finally ! A movie WORTH EVERY PENNY ! Definitely the Best Movie I've seenina long time !!!"Rock Star" had it all, a solid story and extremely well casted actors.Watching the former hip hop rapper "Marky Mark" deliver one of the finestperformances ever as a believable rock star was just a bonus. This movie iswhat you wish for in more movies. It had a good opening that created thebasis for the rest of the movie, then the ending was just as good. I won'tspoil it, but the ending of Rock Star won't leave you hanging as so manymovies do nowadays. Don't you hate leaving the theatre after a movie p***edoff because the ending sucked and didn't give you closure ? Not here, RockStar delivers !!! A++++++Don't listen to the critics about this movie. The critics watch soooo manymovies, part of their job, that they can no longer distinguish the goodmovies normal movie goers would like apart from the wierd potboilers theyprefer. Critics seem to rant and rave about films that love to bore you,putyou to sleep, make your butt hurt in your seat. At Film.com, Rock Staraudiences gave it 92% thumbs up, only 8% thumbs down. The critics bashed itand continued to give their cudo's to films that don't interest themajorityof the movie going public.Mark Wahlberg should get an emmy for his performance as a "Rock Star" Hewasbelievable the entire time. But of course, they like to give those type ofawards to an actor playing a handicap, or a vietnam vet. C'mon Hollywood,give this guy his cudo's !!! Music was also great !!! Bought the CD rightafter I saw the movie.I've recommended this movie to a lot of people. That's how much I took tothis movie. Can't wait to get the DVD and BLAST IT !!! Go see it, you'lllove it !!! 5/5*****
This review is from: Rock Star (Keepcase) (DVD) Rock Star (Keepcase)if u lik the 80's big hair bands youll like this one. Watching Mark Wahlberg in this movie is like watching one of the greats frm the 80's on stage.I give this film a 2 thumbs up.
I loved this movie, the acting and the music. In fact, I went about the soundtrack too! Completely entertaining.
This review is from: Rock Star (DVD) I love this movie. The music rock okay. It is a collectors item, a must have to ad to your collection. I've watched it so often its starting to skip. We need more like this with itsoriginal tunes. I like the different touches like how the parents are cool and love rock n roll. Chris & Emily don't freak out or fight after the orgy like most couples would. The energy at all the concerts was like putting you in the audience. Hey I bought the soundtrack to.
This is certainly not one of Wahlberg's best flicks, but you can't help but like the movie. Most of this is due to Wahlberg really getting into the role. Jennifer Anniston is mediocre as usual. All in all, just a fun movie to watch.
Marky Mark Wahlberg plays a rock star wannabe who rocks out at rockconcerts with his rockin' girlfriend and rocking friends. He gets intofights with competing rock band members and his older brother, whohates rock music and is a police officer, makes fun of him for being awannabe rock star.So the titular rock star eventually becomes a real rock star,headlining his favorite rock band as a rock singer.Notice how I keep using the word "rock" a lot? That's because thismovie is inundated with rock - and in a bad way. Hair metal died withthe '80s - making a retro picture now? It's not surprising the filmdidn't even recoup half of its $38,000,000 budget in theaters.I'm not picking on hair metal, but if you look at Motley Crue or KISS,at least they had attitude. The bands in this film are lame! I guessMark thought this would be a good semi-sequel to "Boogie Nights" - hesatirized the '70s porn industry, now why not '80s gratuity? - but,unfortunately, at the helm of director Stephen "I Haven't Made a GoodMovie in Years and Am Still Riding on the Coattails of 'Bill & Ted' and'Mr. Holland's Opus'" Herek, "Rock Star" looks like a laughable, sillypicture.Oh, and Jennifer Aniston's annoying performance as Mark's girlfriendonly adds to the fun.