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Rocketman

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Dexter Fletcher
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May 29, 2019


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 Taron Egerton
 Elton John
 Jamie Bell
 Bernie Taupin
 Richard Madden
 John Reid
 Bryce Dallas Howard
 Sheila
 Gemma Jones
 Ivy
 Steven Mackintosh
 Stanley


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Lee Hall Writer

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Taron Egerton
  Elton John
Jamie Bell
  Bernie Taupin
Richard Madden
  John Reid
Bryce Dallas Howard
  Sheila
Gemma Jones
  Ivy
Steven Mackintosh
  Stanley
Tom Bennett
  Fred
Matthew Illesley
  Young Reggie
Kit Connor
  Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe
  Ray Williams
Stephen Graham
  Dick James
Tate Donovan
  Doug Weston
Harriet Walter
  Helen Piena
Jason Pennycooke
  Wilson
Ophelia Lovibond
  Arabella
Jimmy Vee
  Arthur
Rachel Muldoon
  Kiki Dee
Sharon D. Clarke
  AA Counsellor
Alexia Khadime
  Diana
Carl Spencer
  Richard
Leon Delroy Williams
  Clint
David Doyle
  Pub Man
Dickon Tolson
  Barman
Leigh Francis
  Pete
Graham Fletcher-Cook
  Maître D'
Sian Crisp
  Waitress
Charles Armstrong
  Mr Anderson
Barbara Drennan
  Mrs Anderson
Leon Cooke
  Hugh
Layton Williams
  Dancer

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Lawrence Bender
  Producer
Lee Hall
  Writer
Matthew Vaughn
  Producer
Dexter Fletcher
  Director
Chris Dickens
  Editor
David Appleby
  Still Photographer
Elton John
  Executive Producer
Matthew Margeson
  Music
George Richmond
  Cinematography
David Furnish
  Producer
Steve Hamilton Shaw
  Producer


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There’s so much that works about ‘Rocketman’, so the fact it never fully commits to its musical fantasy conceit is a bit of a disappointment. It ends up aligning most with Julie Taymor’s curious 2007 Beatles musical ‘Across the Universe’ - a really great idea and approach to the work of a musical artist that never finds its feet or the bravery to fully be itself. It’s still a moving and occasionally stirring portrait of Elton John, and while the lack of emotional or narrative detail in the screenplay never allows Taron Egerton to fully unleash his potential, he’s still a terrific Elton John and sings the hell out of these amazing songs. In the end, despite a refreshing honesty and some fascinating choices, ‘Rocketman’ is never as daring as it so desperately wants and needs and deserves to be, a film on the road to somewhere but never quite getting there.
- Daniel Lammin

Read Daniel's full article...
https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-rocketman-a-fascinating-musical-biopic-that-never-finds-its-feet


garethmb

Elton John has had a career that has spanned decades, millions of albums sold, packed venues, awards, and more than a few headlines. In the new film “Rocketman” audiences get a look behind the man thanks to the amazing and Oscar worthy portrayal by Taron Egerton.
The film opens with a flamboyantly dressed John entering rehab in one of his stage costumes. As he opens up with his group, he shares the story of his childhood as a shy child who is desperate to have his father show him any signs of approval or affection.
When it is discovered that he has talent with the piano; his grandmother encourages him and even takes him to apply for a position at the Royal Academy of Music.
His mother (Bryce Dallas Howard) is moderately supportive but is more focused on her social life brought on by her failing marriage.

As the film unfolds; we see Elton working in a backup band and in time answering an ad that puts him with an agent. Paired with the man who would eventually change his life; Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), Elton and Bernie combine to write a series of songs which in turn leads him to a series of gigs in Los Angeles. The film shifts into high gear at this point as we see how their music becomes a smash and leads to a series of parties, drugs, and money.

Elton meets Manager John Reid (Richard Madden), who becomes his partner both socially and professionally as Elton embraces his Homosexuality which he has kept largely hidden.

As the record sales and hits mount, so does the destructive behaviors which leads Elton down a destructive path that threatens everything he has worked for.
The movie is a masterpiece of music and story and it cleverly uses musical montages and segments around the performances to outline various segments of his life and his rise to stardom.

The performances are amazing and Egerton was simply amazing as he not only captured the complexity of his character but performed all the vocals of the hit songs himself and they were spot on.

During our Press Screening I noticed many people singing along, tapping their feet, or bobbing their heads along with the music which helps to underscore just how timeless and popular his catalog of music has been as the songs have endured the test of time.
The film also evokes some unexpected emotion as there were more than a few people wiping their eyes during the film which at its core is a store of a young, shy boy desperate to be accepted and loved.

I truly hope the film is recognized come Awards season as it is a wonderful and memorable cinematic experience.

5 stars out of 5


Gimly

_Rocketman_ tries to walk a line between the paint-by-numbers musician biopic bog standard, and epic musical fantasy. A lot of the time when a movie tries to be a blend of two things, it ends up being neither. _Rocketman_, conversely, ends up being both, just never at the same time. It's basically two movies, and that epic musical fantasy movie I was talking about that's in there, that's a **great** movie. Unfortunately, the other one, is not so much. I'm still gonna come away giving it a recommendation, because there is enough in there to mean that I enjoyed it, especially in the core casting, all of which is great, not least Egerton. But I was little disappointed, not because my expectations were too high going in or anything, but because every time Rocketman began to slip into a euphoric high, it was moments later wrenched back to, well... Reality, I guess. Albeit a reality we only see on a movie screen. And we see on **every** movie screen when it's a musician biopic. I mean, this is Elton John we're talking about, if there was ever a moment to reject the mundane and fully embrace the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy it was here. But _Rocketman_ just kind of Awkward Christian Camp Side Hugs the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy.

_Final rating:★★★ - I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go._



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