I know, I know. You don’t want to see it. You hate the music. It looks cheesy as fuck. I felt the same way. But I was dragged to see it against my will and I gotta tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. It was completely painless. Enjoyable even. The first half hour is a foot-stomping delight. I couldn’t stop laughing. Julianne Hough isn’t as annoying as you think she’s going to be, and as she is now officially Hollywood’s go-to actress for musicals, that’s a good thing. The big surprise, though, is Diego Boneta. It’s weird, in pictures on the internet, he does absolutely nothing for me. Sure, he’s cute and floppy and puppy-doggish, but he just seems a little bland. On the big screen, though, he’s ELECTRIFYING. Some people are just better blown up twenty feet tall. I’ve seen reviews that disagree with me. Grierson and Leitch said of his performance: “I can say with utmost certainty that has never, ever touched an electric rhythm guitar before this movie, and it’s possible he’d never seen one. He is less convincing playing a young metalhead than he would be playing a stalk of celery, or a duvet cover, or a Cuisinart. No one has ever said ‘I Wanna Rock’ with less conviction. Boneta, to put it mildly, is a stiff.” I don’t think so. I fell IN LOVE. Watch the “Jukebox Hero”/”I Love Rock ‘n Roll” mashup from the movie and tell me he isn’t ADORABLE.
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