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June 1, 2019 at 5:45 pm #1202919940
It really is amazing. It’s an all time great biopic and Everton is unbelievable in this role.
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorJune 2, 2019 at 6:48 am #1202920334
I went to the movies last night to see this and it was a fantastic movie. Taron Edgerton did a fantastic job and Jamie Bell was pretty good as his friend Bernie. I didn’t care for Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance.
I can see nominations for Taron in Lead and Jamie in Supporting. Screenplay and Best Picture Comedy/Musical
Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)June 2, 2019 at 8:39 am #1202920440
I absolutely loved this film. They seamlessly weaved Elton’s songs into his personal life to mark highs and lows. Taron Edgerton is truly Oscar-worthy in this film. He was very good in Kingsman, but I didn’t know that he had this type of performance in him. Jamie Bell and Richard Madden were also very good. Bryce Dallas Howard (who, as always, I mistook for Jessica Chastain initially) was fine, but nothing all that memorable.June 3, 2019 at 9:30 pm #1202922604
This was good and fun. But I felt that it needed something else. Can’t figure out what it is, maybe it’s not big enough, or the volume was off during my screening, but then some songs did sound great, so I don’t know. It was lacking great amazing sound. Which is surprising since Fletcher did Bohemian Rhapsody.
Egerton was fantastic. Madden was great (despite the distracting and ridiculous fake black hair) and so was Bell. Didn’t quite get what was going on with Bryce Dallas Howard. Why was she necessary for this instead of a British actress? And why was her “old” makeup so so bad?
Costumes and makeup were insane. Sets could’ve been bigger and shinier, that was something that was missing too.
And finally, I didn’t really appreciate that the “sex scenes” (if you can call them that) were dark as fuck. Even during a kissing scene between Egerton and Madden, the latter turns off the lights. And the sort of orgy scene was also blurry and dark. So for all the praise the movie gets for not being Bohemian Rhapsody hiding Freddie’s sexuality, here these scenes are so dark that it doesn’t really matter when Elton later says “I’ve fucked everything”. These people are still trying to hide stuff from their audience.
I really did like it, but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting.June 4, 2019 at 3:57 pm #1202923658
Saw this last night and loved it. I knew Taron Egerton was talented, but I had no idea he was THAT talented. A truly fantastic performance that I hope does well once the award circuit this season. Rocketman is inevitably going to be compared to Bohemian Rhapsody, and it is so clearly the superior film. It felt like a wonderfully fresh take on the biopic, which is fitting for someone as unconventional as Elton John. This approach allowed it to avoid Bohemian Rhapsody’s biggest issue, which is while Freddie Mercury was the furthest thing from generic, the movie telling his story was. The supporting cast was very strong, particularly Richard Madden and especially Jamie Bell (who, depending on his competition, I wouldn’t mind getting a nomination). The only exception was Bryce Dallas Howard. It’s not that her acting was bad, but her presence throughout the film felt distracting. She looked fine when John was played by child actors, but there came a point when Egerton was playing him when her youthful appearance seemed too unrealistic. And then, after having spent the whole movie looking like a young woman, they suddenly put her in very unconvincing old age makeup that made it seem even worse. Again, Howard’s actual acting wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t strong enough to make me think she wasn’t miscast. Besides that however, I really thought this was a great film. With beautiful music, raw emotions, and one hell of a leading actorJune 4, 2019 at 6:27 pm #1202923802
Egerton was incredible, way better than Bohemian, basically what everyone else has already said. On another note I finally got to see Richard Madden have sex with a man and for that I’m eternally grateful.June 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm #1202923825
On another note I finally got to see Richard Madden have sex with a man and for that I’m eternally grateful.
I suggest you search up Richard Madden in Sirens on YouTube.
But I agree with everyone else, this movie was lightyears better than Bohemian Rhapsody. Egerton was definitely Oscar worthy, I hope he ends up in the top 5 for Best Actor.June 6, 2019 at 9:21 pm #1202926667
Just got back from the theaters. I am truly at a loss for words at how fantastic this film is. It is everything I expected and more. Egerton was a revelation. I had selected an image of him as my profile picture a while back. Never in a million years did I expect him to turn out a performance of this magnitude. He was devilishly funny when cracking jokes and absolutely heart-wrenching in his hardships. Egerton may not sound exactly like Elton, but he gave every ounce of electricity needed to propel this film to the heights it has attained. Bell continues to wow me with his supporting turn, while Madden and Howard were fairly strong. Gemma Jones actually delivered one of my favorite performances as the grandmother of Elton. Beyond the actors, the sets and costumes were incredible, while the musical numbers managed to elicit more than a variety of emotions.
I truly hope for this film to earn the awards it so wholeheartedly deserves. It is a million leagues better than Bohemian Rhapsody and any hindrance that film may cause during Rocketman’s awards run is shameful. I have my fingers crossed that this will nab several Golden Globes and Egerton will have a legitimate shot at the Oscars. Obviously, there could be another performance given this year that warrants the award, but Egerton is my current choice based solely on the performances I have seen, and I fully expect him to remain in the spot, regardless of how Rocketman performs in the coming season.June 10, 2019 at 9:25 pm #1202932240This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.June 12, 2019 at 7:10 am #1202934417
Great film! Taron Egerton and Richard Madden gave Oscar-worthy performances.June 12, 2019 at 8:09 am #1202934443This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.June 12, 2019 at 9:03 am #1202934513
Bell is by far the best supporting actor in this film.
Why? Bell plays a likeable character and he was well cast, but he did nothing noteworthy or special in the movie. In fact, I thought he was pretty one-note throughout. Granted that was more due to the writing and the fact that Taupin wasn’t very well developed as a character, but still.
John Reid wasn’t exactly fleshed out either to be fair, but at least Madden was both devilishly charming and evil, showing more range than Bell in his scenes. He had no less than 3 big argument scenes with Elton John in which he proved to possess great screen presence, a certain fierceness about him and excellent chemistry with Egerton. In comparison to that, Bell’s role (and his acting) was not bad by any means but pretty forgettable.June 12, 2019 at 11:30 am #1202934763
No-one other than Egerton gave an Oscar-worthy performance. Madden was fine in a role that wasn’t as fleshy as it could have been; Bell also did what he could but looked like he had been brought in from a tv movie.
While Bryce Dallas Howard wasn’t Oscar-worthy either, her campy turn was deliciously in tune with the movie’s sensibilities.
Egerton was so phenomenal that none of the others really mattered anyway though.June 15, 2019 at 11:59 am #1202939432
Taron Egerton was indeed remarkable here and made me a true believer! The film itself hit just about every VH-1 “Behind the Music” cliche that it could possibly hit, which is what it is, I guess. That’s probably the tip of the iceberg with Elton John’s actual life, but points for not sugar-coating the drug excesses, whitewashing his homosexuality like a certain scummy and shitty film about Freddie Mercury just did, and showcasing the MUSIC in the way a musical biopic properly should. Those musical numbers! I can’t believe this is the same director that attempted to rehab “Bohemian Rhapsody,” or maybe we couldn’t see his true artistic sensibilities there. They were vital and fully realized, and Taron’s singing voice is surprisingly strong and engaging. I did want to hear Elton’s voice though, since these songs are so iconic and such, but lip-syncing was clearly not the goal in a film like this. The melding of songs, tempos, nonlinear storytelling and history, perspective, fantasy, etc. It was quite the viewing experience as a whole. I know that the representation controversy is swirling with everyone in this being straight, but they seemed to give these roles 100%, so that should be worth something too. Wish Jamie Bell had a bit more to do as such an essential component in Elton’s music. I always wondered why Bernie’s lyrics matched up so much to Elton’s life and demons without Elton writing a single word. Bryce Dallas Howard, hmmmm. Fun for what one-note she was given to play, but not much else. Gemma Jones was better in an even more limited supporting role. Richard Madden turned into the moustache-twirling villain way too fast, but that’s more a problem with the screenplay. I’d hope that Edgerton is a legitimate Oscar contenter, but for all we know, this film could be completely forgotten next year. He’s gonna suffer from the proximity of Rami Malek’s win in the same manner that Joaquin Phoenix was with Jamie Foxx. Sad, but completely true. Kudos to the effort all the same!
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