It may seem like harmless fun, but it really isn't
"Rock It!" is a German 95-minute movie from 2010, so this one is also already over five years old. It was directed by Mike Marzuk and written by Peer Klehmet and Sebastian Wehlings and these three worked together on several other occasions as well. However, if you take a look at the other works by the, especially by the director, you can and should not be surprised how much of a failure this one here turned out to be. The cast includes some of Germany's rising stars, even today, like Schüle and Ehrich especially. Looking at the awards recognition, you also see Daniel Axt but honestly it seemed as if he never really managed a big breakthrough. Honestly, looking at his performance here, it is even shocking he received recognition for it. Anyway, this is the story of a girl who comes to a prestigious music school and has some time to prepare herself for a final test in which she needs to perform and convince the judges. It is also somewhat weak how this film somewhat includes casting show situations as something normal and appropriate, not just the final scene, but also when she wants to get into the rock band. Oh yeah, the girl did not know any rock music before. That's another plot point that really isn't working in the film's favor at all. But then again the worst aspect by far is probably what the film is trying to sell us as good music, namely generic bubble gum pop with zero depth and rock music with texts that have less meaning and depth than the Butterbrot you ate this morning. Shocking really. There are also some familiar faces to German film buffs I guess like Korittke, Profitlich and Nadolny, even if most of them don't have a great deal of runtime. Well.. what else can you say about this one. It also does not deliver in terms of romance because the characters, especially the young males are so shallow and never beyond the surface really. this film is a major disappointment, which is sending out all the wrong messages in terms of both music and film. Then again, like I already wrote, you cannot exactly be too surprised if you take a look at who made this. The stunning young female protagonists here are not enough to make up for the flaws with the story and 4 stars out of 10 is still very much on the generous side. I suggest you watch something else instead.
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