I realize am no good at writing healthy, good movie reviews…
I can never say if the camera angle is fantabulous or the screen play is a killer or the music mix is ear-shattering…. I have no clue if foreign locales are to enhance or to pulverize a movie. Hell! I even forget the names of the main characters most times!!
…..And I just cannot write 3 paragraphs of sugar-sweet adjectives describing anything, leave alone on an excellent movie….
Er.., maybe I am just not good at writing!!
Now that I have attached 2 very “subtle” disclaimers I can go stray as much as I want from the main topic and not really talk about all the movie jargon that one needs to.. :D
Rock On is a movie of 4 young men who are driven to make music; they are even more driven to make it big as rock stars.
Aditya is the vocalist, Joe is the lead guitarist, KD is the drummer and Rob is the keyboard player.
Their young, exuberant lives is full of the “cool-yo” things of the X-generation. They make music, fall in love, go on crazy trips to Goa, are broke, are flush, sing at weddings, participate in a Channel V-competition, have their chance at fame …
And like most bands they also split apart.
They then move ahead in life; one turns into a successful investment banker, another into a weepy musician, one into a gemologist and one into a loser.
(Er..I am reserving the loser outta the 4 for myself...whoever said sheer good looks doesn’t matter!:D)
Many years later they re-unite and the band comes together one more time to give a performance.
Now while the movie would have been yet another teen-flick in Hollywood it seems completely mind-blowing in Bollywood.
We don’t have a hero who drones on and on with his “advice” or classic “teachings” to the man kind
We don’t have a “Shahrukh” who occupies every screen of the movie.
We don’t have semi-clad, good-for-nothing heroines whose only role is to bat those fake eyelashes.
We don’t have a sister who either gets raped or killed before the interval.
We don’t have a nuisance of a villain whose fiefdom cannot manage a single scratch on our stupendous Hero.
…Before I go into 50 more such clichés and completely forget what I started to write, I’ll steer back …
Rock-On has such gentle humour, that is neither forced nor intrusive; no, not rib-tickling either.
One particular scene where I ended up sporting a smile even without realizing I was is when Rob walks into a coffee shop, which used to be the haunt of the 4 friends in their younger years.
He talks to the owner in fond remembrance while the owner just doesn’t recognize him. A little later Joe walks in and the owner profusely greets him remembering him instantaneously…(Well, hey! yea! Who can forget Joe :D)
Almost all the emotions portrayed are gentle; even the tragedy of Rob and his brain Tumor does not gag you down, so unlike the suffocating tear-jerkers which most movies float with.
We don’t have the mother weeping around the son perennially or the Missus doing a lunatic dance at the abode of the Gods. ..or the..er! Ok! I’ll shut up! I am sure we all know the clichés
It is refreshing to feel and live the lives of the 4 young rock stars;
(especially that of Joe *winks*…, And I will thank you all for not reminding me of my snoozing guitar!)
The movie is total fun, stylish and very Hindi-rock!!
Now I just cannot write a peachy-kin review, Can I? Have to tell you about the only grouse I have..
Mr Director, Two of your lady artists sacrifice their lives to the inadequacies of their men. And you turn one into a shrew and the other into an insipid wallpaper woman??????
Wha?????…ever noticed the women of today? They are suave, sophisticated and intelligent. They are definitely not going to play the second fiddle to anyone…especially not to a musical instrument!!
Still laughing after all these years
11 hours ago