SNMR 3.15: "Rock Star"
Tonight's SNMR feature is "Rock Star" (2001, R, 104 minutes) starring Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Flemyng, Dominic West, Timothy Olyphant and Timothy Spall. The film was directed by Steven Herek.
The first time I watched this film was about three months ago. The only reason I bought it was because Jennifer Aniston, whom I like, was in it. Other than that, I had no to low expectations going in.
From the DVD's dust case:
By day Chris Cole repairs photocopiers. By night he takes the stage as frontman for a tribute band emulating Steel Dragon, the world's hottest heavy metal band. Then, suddenly, opportunity rocks: Chris is tapped to become Steel Dragon's new lead singer. Just like that, he goes from small-town nobody to megastar. Just like that, he and his manager/ girlfriend Emily enter a world crazier than either imagined.
Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston headline and Stephen Herek (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Mr. Holland's Opus) directs this knowing, chord-crunching, hair-whipping look at '80's arena rock and the price of fame. Filled with style, strut and feel of an era, Rock Star gets it right. Long may it shine.
From Martin and Porter's DVD & Video Guide 2007, p. 956:
A few comic moments can't disguise the unsavory lifestyle of a heavy metal band in the 1980's. Wannabe Mark Wahlberg beings his innocence and idealism to the hardened group he idolizes. The message is clear: "Beware of your desires..." Jennifer Aniston, as Wahlberg's long time love, can only take so much of his new life. Watchable, at times painfully so, and insightful.
I was pleasantly surprised that this movie was as good as it turned out to be. The script is well written and flows well. I gained a new level of respect for Mark Wahlberg as an actor from watching him in this role. The rest of the cast is excellent. Stephen Herek is a very good director and capably handles this crew. This is a film that flew completely under the radar and should not have. It pays tribute to a unique era in American music history with style and class. If you haven't watched this movie before, you should. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Best of all, you can own it for well under $10. I'll give this film five out of five stars.