First, let us say, Tom Cruise is hilariously good at singing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” in the new Rock of Ages trailer. But that’s not what impressed us the most about this preview of the movie (in theaters June 15) and certainly not what made us fork over our dough to see the musical on Broadway, from the front row. Nor was the touching love story of smalltown kids just trying to live out their dreams in L.A., or the cautionary tale about how fame and fortune will destroy your soul. Nope. It is the impressive way in which this musical actually makes us nostalgic for the most embarrassing fashion and music trends of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The perms, the sweaty leather, the man makeup, the sappy ballads, the over-the-top guitar solos, the bras worn alone as perfectly acceptable tops — we might cringe with regret (or, for those who didn’t live through the era, gape in wonder) in any other setting, but Rock of Ages reminds us of how totally rad it was to look as trashy as possible and bang your head to the sounds of Motley Crue, Poison and Def Leppard. It was true with the unknown actors of the theatrical version, but it’s even more evident when we see it all played out by the all-star cast of Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough and newcomer Diego Boneta.
Without further ado, we present to you a countdown of the 20 most rock-and-roll looks from trailer #2.
[Photos: Warner Bros.]