Tom Cruise Rocks For Some, Ruins Film For Others

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Tom Cruise has played a lot of varied roles over his career, but something about his latest one is capturing a lot of buzz in the movie world, and quite a bit of it is good.

As Stacee Jaxx, an "80s rock god who is an amalgamation of Axl Rose and Stephen Tyler, Cruise is stealing the show for a lot of critics, even though his story isn't the central one in the film. The movie--which is based on the hugely successful 2009 musical--focuses on two young kids trying to make it in the big city who ultimately fall in love--a tale as old as time. But those who have seen the film are giving Tom Cruise praise for breathing life into a storyline that's been done a million times before, saying he carries the tale and leaves the audience wanting more every time he's offscreen.

A karaoke musical in which almost everybody bursts into FM anthems at the drop of a rights "Rock of Ages" shouldn't come off as a one-man show. But it's an uneven fight, and you might find yourself itching for the fast-forward button whenever Cruise is off-screen, writes CNN's Tom Charity.

Cruise even sings in the film, although that's nothing new for the actor; he lent his pipes to characters in "Top Gun" and "Magnolia", as well. But this role is a bit different, as it requires Cruise to create an entire persona around the voice. And while several think he did an admirable job, others are having a difficult time seeing past his action-man persona....and the "musical" aspect of the film.

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum