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May 24, 2019 at 2:16 am #1202906662
I saw Rocketman on Wednesday and just wanted to share some thoughts on it. The musical elements were incorporated into the story in a very creative way. They featured all of Elton’s biggest hits, mixed in a new, awesome way to fit the musical style of the film and sung very well by Egerton and the other cast members. The costumes were great, the cinematography, directing and editing were spot on too. All in all it captured the essence of Elton John’s life and career very well, but not in any boring, straightforward biopic kind of way. They did not hold back on the darker aspects of the film: substance abuse, depression and struggles with sexual identity were prominent themes throughout. It’s a much MUCH better film than Bohemian Rhapsody.
As for the acting, the cast all did a very good job. The little boy and the teenager they cast to portray a younger Elton were adorable. Bell was a great choice to portray Taupin (Elton John’s songwriting partner), who is the loveliest character in the movie. Egerton gave a very strong performance – it is clear that he put his heart and soul into this. Madden was devilishly sexy throughout as Elton John’s manager and first boyfriend. He was the clear villain in the movie and portrayed everything from glib, arrogant, mean and downright abusive very well.May 24, 2019 at 4:41 am #1202906687
Egerton is outstanding in this. Couldn’t quite believe it.May 26, 2019 at 3:03 am #1202910993
Thoroughly enjoyed this. A great crowd pleaser, with an uncanny Taron Egerton. Genuinely had parts when I got goosebumps because the likeness to Elton was uncanny.
I’m not sure if he’ll go all the way like Malek – only because maybe Malek’s performance felt more impressive because:
A) he didn’t have a very recent performance to be compared against.
B) as Elton is still alive, and we still have him in person, it’s not as moving. Malek possibly benefitted from the love Mercury still has, which is tinged with sadness that he’s no longer here?
Egerton fully deserves the nods he’s going to get (and wins based off the films and performances I’ve seen so far this year).
Worth shouting out the incredible make up, hair, costumes and production design on this too. They are all brilliant!
Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)May 26, 2019 at 11:02 am #1202911521
As a huge classic (1970-1976) EJ fan, I’m so looking forward to seeing “Rocketman” this Friday. I was on iTunes listening to the soundtrack and Egerton sounds decent (just not Elton) but some of the arrangements from the snippets I listened to are a little, ah weird (specifically Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word). Hopefully they will come across better on screen!
I do wish my favorite EJ tracks “Blues for Baby and Me” and “Daniel” would have been included. Like I said, really looking forward to seeing this on Friday!May 26, 2019 at 11:59 am #1202911539This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.May 26, 2019 at 12:16 pm #1202911559
Taron Gayerton is miles better than Animatronic. What a disgusting comparison, darlings.
As a famous singer said, "ain't nobody gonna Thatcher, Thatcher, Thatcher!"May 28, 2019 at 5:54 am #1202913225
The movie is GREAT!
Campy, gay, really focused on Elton’s problem and very daring/original!
Really loved, Taron was GREAT!May 31, 2019 at 6:36 am #1202917732
Saw this last night and I will be listening to Elton John music all day!
Taron better get ALL the noms!May 31, 2019 at 1:31 pm #1202918265
It sounds like Taron Egerton is getting a lot of love, and has good shot at a nomination. I wonder what other nominations people think the film could get, specifically if either Jamie Bell or Richard Madden have a shot
Let’s Go BucksMay 31, 2019 at 2:06 pm #1202918307
It’s way better than the objectively terrible Bohemian Rhapsody but somehow less entertaining.May 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm #1202918347
Taron put Rami to shame, playing a musical icon with no lipsynching and actually sounding pretty good.
God is he talented, good-looking, charismatic, funny… I hope he gets a nod.May 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm #1202918372
Currently 73 on Metacritic with 43 reviews. Far outpaces “Bohemian Rhapsody”‘s 49 score with 50 reviews.May 31, 2019 at 6:50 pm #1202918537
Taron was incredible. I know we have a long way to go but an Oscar nomination would be completely deserved. Bryce, Richard, and Jamie were also great. I could see this breaking into sound and costume categories at the very least, only thing that could hurt its chances is the early release and the recent success of Bohemian. I personally preferred Rocketman over Bohemian though.
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