Rocketman reviews

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Re: Rocketman reviews

Postby Uri » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:14 am

First – it’s a better film than Bohemian Rhapsody (this is the first observation one must make, isn’t it?). Or maybe it's just an easier one to accept, and it has a lot to do, indeed, with the fact that rather than a (not good) biopic about a musician, it’s a musical inspired by a musician’s life. And as such it moves along rather ok. It does suffer from two major flows though.

One is the simplistic you-are-allowed-to-love-yourself-Elton therapeutic take of the screenplay – great approach for Life (so I’m told), a lousy one for Art.

The second one reminded me of my issue with I, Tonia (ok, one of many, but a major one). Both John and Harding were very gifted yet unattractive people – never a pleasant attribution to have – trying to make it in fields in which one’s physical allure and sex appeal are crucial factors. Harding had no chance having to compete with the Nancy Carrigans of this world, John was not a David Bowie. So, the former smashed other people’s joints, the latter hid himself under extravagant costumes, grotesque massive glasses and all kinds of addictions. Whatever. Still, to really get these people, one must be presented with this aspect of their personas.

In comes Hollywood and the gorgeous specimens it employs, and one is left scratching one’s head. And while Egerton’s work here is superior to Robbie’s, he is, in a likeable and non intimidating way, a very attractive man, so on a very fundamental way, which has nothing to do with his actual acting, his performance fails to make sense.

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Re: Rocketman reviews

Postby Precious Doll » Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:49 am

Actually, I'd be interested to see if anyone picks up two minor goofs that I did during watching the film.

The first is when Elton John first visits L.A. in the early 1970s. There is a shot of Sunset Boulevard which is the introduction in the film to his arrival in the U.S.

Archival footage has been used in the film but on one of the billboards on Sunset is a poster for a movie from the mid 1980's. I'm not going to say what film it is but I'll be curious to see if anyone catches it because it is a bit of a blink and you it miss moment and I think you may have to be familiar with the artwork for the film because the title is not that prominent as it flies past so quickly.

The second is much later in the film when Elton is a men' s rest room (and no, the scene has nothing to do with gay sex) and the basin is mostly definitely not from that era but are what you see quite often. I always find it funny picking up contemporary furnishings in films set in the not too distant past.
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Re: Rocketman reviews

Postby dws1982 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:56 am

Precious Doll wrote:Bryce Dallas Howard has to be the most bizarre casting (and performances) I've ever seen. I really don't quite know what to make of it.

Not sure why, but observations like this will often get me to see a film faster than a full-out rave.

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Rocketman reviews

Postby Precious Doll » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:18 am

Thought I may as well start a thread on Rocketman as it may (or may not) be a player later in the year.

As of this post the film is 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 73% on Metascore and had a solid opening weekend in the US and internationally so its off to a reasonable start.

There is no doubt that Aaron Egerton will get a Golden Globe nomination and there is no doubt the film will be placed in the comedy/musical categories because some of Elton Johns songs are performed as set pieces with a number of actors also singing them. Elton John's song are at times used to drive the narrative forward as well as in writing, concert performances and video clips.

One can't help but make comparisons with Bohemian Rhapsody for a number of reasons including that Dexter Fletcher finished Bryan Singer's work on BR and is sole director on this film. Of the two Rocketman is certainly directed with much more flair and invention but is a hit and miss affair. Like BR I didn't think the film was actually 'good' but like BR its very enjoyable. That it is a more open and honest portrayal does give Rocketman the edge over BR.

As for Oscar nominations, well I think we'll have to see how it all plays out and its too soon to make any firms predictions but I certainly wouldn't rule out film, actor, supporting actor, costume design, art direction and the sound related nominations at this stage.

Bryce Dallas Howard has to be the most bizarre casting (and performances) I've ever seen. I really don't quite know what to make of it.
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