competent, and ocassionally even amusing, it displays a lack of ambition
that is quite frightening.
Cole (Wahlberg) is a singer in a popular tribute band, whose mimicry
of 80s heavy rock monsters Steel Dragon is unparalleled. But while
his mates are just in it for a laugh, Chris takes his art desperately
seriously. So much so that they fire the uptight little twerp before
he can spoil all their fun. Meanwhile the real singer of Steel Dragon
(Flemyng) has thrown the rattle out of his pram one too many times
and also been fired by the band, who then go looking for a replacement.
you imagine what will happen now? If yes, then well done, you've
just saved yourself £6 and you can use these 105 minutes of
your life constructively doing something else. For "Rock Star"
unfolds exactly - down to the last semi-quaver - as you would imagine.
its centre Wahlberg - previously pop star Marky Mark, lest we forget
- displays all the subtlety and nuance that graced his "Planet
of the Apes" performance, ie none; while Jennifer Aniston is
badly miscast as his girlfriend. She's an actress with superb comic
timing who may yet prove to have range, but playing a 'rock chick'
is clearly beyond, or beneath her.
are laughs to be had and an enjoyable dousing in nostalgia for erstwhile
80s heavy metal fans, but nothing you'll remember beyond the cinema
foyer, and certainly nothing worth paying for.
"Rock Star" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 11th January
Pierce , BBC Films
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