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May 5, 2019 at 6:55 am #1202880442
I hope Egerton can overcome the “we just had a winner like this,” because he does not deserve to be grouped with Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody. Had Malek never happened, Egerton would definitely be a near-undeniable top contender, given the fact that he is actually singing and appears to be giving quite the electric performance. The 2018 Oscars will forever leave a sour taste in my mouth, but I really hope everyone just forgets about that year as a whole and actually looks for good performances and good films this year and beyond.May 5, 2019 at 8:14 am #1202880499
Rooting for Egerton 🙂 He is one of my favs from one of my fav movie series so seeing him in the Oscar race talk after Rami last go around, another one of my favs, makes me very happy.May 5, 2019 at 8:37 am #1202880555
I think Egerton and hopefully Madden will have good chances of getting nominations for the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. Rocketman is definitely up their alley.
As for the Oscars, I am not so sure. I don’t think Egerton can overcome the “we just had a winner like this” problem and Madden’s category will likely be stacked with Hollywood legends.
That said, at least Best Original Song will be a lock for Rocketman. Elton John has recorded a new song with Egerton called (I am gonna) love me again which will be included in the soundtrack:May 16, 2019 at 6:04 am #1202896108
The cast of Rocketman (plus Elton John of course) at a photo call ahead of the movie’s world premiere in Cannes. We should get the first reactions/reviews pretty soon.May 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm #1202896791
First screening is over, reactions are looking strong. Egerton looks like a threat for at least the Comedy/Musical globe. Agree that Malek winning just last year for something very similar might hurt him, though.May 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm #1202896818
IndieWire collected the first reactions after the screening and it indeed looks like the majority are positive:May 16, 2019 at 2:11 pm #1202896849
First screening is over, reactions are looking strong. Egerton looks like a threat for at least the Comedy/Musical globe. Agree that Malek winning just last year for something very similar might hurt him, though.
To me right now, Actor in a musical or comedy is an wasteland. With reviews like this, Egerton should not only be nominated but easily win.May 16, 2019 at 2:54 pm #1202896895
If a poorly received movie about a musical icon directed by a pedophile could win 4 oscars, this will probably tie the 11 win record? I’m kidding.
In all seriousness, I can’t wait to see this because right now my hatred for Bohemian Rhapsody makes it hard for me to root for this film and I want to be proved wrong.May 16, 2019 at 3:39 pm #1202896957
I’m rooting for Egerton so fingers crossed!May 16, 2019 at 3:49 pm #1202896970
Can’t wait to see Edgerton mop the floor with Malek’s performance. But he already did that with the trailer and his own singing, so I’m excited.May 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm #1202897046
Surprised nobody is commenting on the Cannes premiere. Apparently the film is great with credible outlets saying it’s amazing, fantastic and so on. There’s even video of Egerton crying at the end of the screening.May 16, 2019 at 11:54 pm #1202897278
Reviews are generally favourable (69 on Metacritic, still 100 on RT but that will obviously drop). I doubt critics will pan it as hard as Bohemian Rhapsody but it’s a fairly divisive genre and a lot will depend on the box office. Interestingly reviews are quite split on Egerton: some say he’s amazing, some say he’s miscast. What little they say about Bell and Madden looks positive.
No way this movie is getting close to the Oscars apart from perhaps Original Song and Costumes. But it could have very good chances at the Globes, with nods for BP Musical/Comedy, Actor and Supporting Actor. The BAFTAs could like it too given its mostly British cast and crew.May 17, 2019 at 2:05 am #1202897361
Standing ovation from Cannes. That’s a tough crowd. General summary of the reactions are here:
From these, Taron is a lock for a Globe nomination, plus original song, probably even for Jamie Bell.May 17, 2019 at 3:01 am #1202897368
Rocketman First Reactions
Rebecca Keegan: Hot damn, Taron Egerton is the real deal. Rocketman
is a musical about picking yourself up off your ass and Taron delivers the sweat, grit and vulnerability it needs.
Anne Thompson: Dexter Fletcher’s sexy dramatic and poignant Rocketman is an ambitious full-on bio musical with 20 songs—This Is Your Song got applause— sung by star Taron Egerton in a breakout performance. Watch for it to follow boffo global box office with a run on a roadway!
Gregory Ellwood: Rocketman made me cry. Doesn’t quite stick the landing at the very very end but Taron Egerton is spectacular. Oh and for those doubting Rocketman is very very very gay
Jamie Graham: Enjoyed Rocketman. Less censored than Bohemian Rhapsody and packed wall-to-wall with Elton’s bangers. A pretty straight-forward music biopic (whatever the filmmakers claim) but enough momentum and surreal flourishes to propel it breathlessly forward
Stuart Oldham: “Rocketman” is fantastic, a musical drama that hits all the right notes, especially the sad ones
Kyle Buchanan: Pleasantly surprised that ROCKETMAN does not skimp on the gay sex, but the gayest thing about the movie is still Taron Edgerton insisting he’s fat when he isn’t
Eric Kohn: If you were wondering what a great Elton John biopic looks like, don’t hold your breath. But at least ROCKETMAN doesn’t skimp on the music
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