Rock Star – DVD Review

Have you ever worshipped a band? Members of the KISS Army might know what I’m talking about, but few others will. Because Chris Coles (Mark Wahlberg) has, and “”Rock Star”” tells his extraordinary story.

Pittsburgh-based Steel Dragons tribute band Blood Pollution has an ace up their sleeve. Front man Coles, a mild-mannered copy machine technician, possess extraordinary pipes and an uncanny ability to replicate the vocal stylings of Dragons singer Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng). But Coles’ slavish devotion to Dragons contributes to his perfectionism, and his strict stage demands push his bandmates too far. Fed up, they unanimously vote to replace him with a rival band’s lead singer, sending Chris back to his dead-end day job. Thankfully, Chris isn’t out of the music business long. Professional groupies Nina and Samantha play a video tape of Blood Pollution’s last show for the members of Steel Dragon themselves, and they invite Chris to L.A. to audition to replace Beers, who has fallen out of favor with the band. Chris passes the initial test, but his trial by fire has just begun. Before long, the rigors of the job he thought he wanted take its toll on the admittedly-superficial life he led, and Chris realizes that the hours he wasted fantasizing about being someone else never gave him any time to establish his own personality. Can “”Rock Star”” actually be asking us to feel bad for the heavy metal hero who fills his days with enough pills, booze and groupies to gag Ozzy in his tracks? Initially, yes, but midway through, under the guiding hand of knowledgeable director Stephen Herek (who helmed similar fare in “”Mr. Holland’s Opus””), “”Rock Star”” begins to peel away the cliched elements of the touring saga and reach for genuine emotions. Herek knows exactly how this story ends, but he takes his time getting there. Instead of chopping up his scenes into unrecognizable pulp, Herek allows them build to refreshingly satisfactory climaxes. There’s also a clever sense of cyclical irony established as the film progresses that is unexpected but appreciated. When necessary, the director even reduces the film’s ballsy pop metal soundtrack to a whisper, allowing crucial bits of dialogue between the leads to be heard and savored. The secret, though, is Wahlberg, who continues to draw on his versatility and range, shedding the albatross of his hip-hop background and establishing himself as a genuine leading man. His raw enthusiasm and fanatical devotion make him the ultimate tour guide to this enthusiastic romp through a world that is becoming all too familiar to us after films like “”Almost Famous”” and “”This Is Spinal Tap”” but still has enough material to pack a concert hall to the rafters. cheap home work ghostwriting for hire for university https://qhrtechnologies.com/dose/levitra-lorena/95/ danger of fake viagra tips to writing a thesis https://bigsurlandtrust.org/care/montelukast-sod-10-mg-tablet/20/ solved problems in chemistryВ viagra katonah http://www.conn29th.org/university/components-of-an-essay-writing.htm http://mcorchestra.org/3212-free-algebra-help-online/ azt synthesis mechanism researched argument essay example http://www.chesszone.org/lib/dissertation-journal-3238.html flagyl 500 order buy 5mg cialis canadian pharmacy purple pharmacy mexico online bf3 assignments help cialis cost increase viagra erection vs normal erection enter site dissertation in management research paper names go to link follow site cuba gooding in cialis commercial https://bonusfamilies.com/lecture/the-jungle-essay/21/ https://thedsd.com/literature-review-on-hyperglycaemia/ follow site source url https://ramapoforchildren.org/youth/dance-dissertation-ideas/47/ viagra natural casero para hombres phd methodologyВ https://www.medimobile.com/erectile/viagra-first-mesa/92/ GRADE: B+THE EXTRASAs engaging as Herek