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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #60 on: June 08, 2019, 01:02:03 PM »
The whole movie was a joy. Brilliant, inventive, great acting. All brought as Eltons narrative in AA so you never know if you are getting the truth. The blend from scenes to song was rally well done. That pool scene into Rocketman was sublime. Loved this. This is how you make a film about the life of a musician.

Absolutely loved this.

And bizarre to think that the main actor sang the songs. He sounds similar to Elton. His performance with Elton together from a few months ago is on YT and a great watch.

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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #61 on: June 11, 2019, 02:37:55 AM »
Loved it. Utterly loved it and Dexter Fletcher lets loose with the musical setpieces.
If anything, you'll just see what a missed opportunity Bohemian Rhapsody was.

Richard Madden is very good as Satan

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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #62 on: June 11, 2019, 02:44:18 AM »
I've remembered something else that tickled me in this- towards the end, when he's in the recovery group, he begins to speak like Garth Marenghi.

YES! He does. And what that leads to felt Marenghi too.

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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #63 on: June 12, 2019, 02:30:07 AM »
To add to the answers to a previous question - I'm not an Elton John fan, in the sense that I wouldn't deliberately listen to his stuff, but wouldn't change the radio station in annoyance if it came on.  I've no interest in him as a person either, as he has always just come across as a gratingly rich person.  The type who has bought access to his friends.

So I was very surprised to like the film as much as I did.  It's the tits, and it's to Elton's credit that he was involved in this when he is portrayed as an arsehole for much of it.  As a musical it's very strange, though.  There are maybe four songs that get aired in full, the rest are a verse, chorus, and done because you know what that song sounds like so let's move on.  As I'm not particularly keen on his music that didn't bother me, but it's got to be a bit disappointing for fans turning up for a proper jukebox musical.

His final realisation of his problem since 1975 was absolute gold.  Worth avoiding the PG certificate just for that.

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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #64 on: June 13, 2019, 01:15:34 AM »
The Empire Podcast has a Rocketman special and Dexter Fletcher mentions this documentary where you can see Elton formulating Tiny Dancer using a crumpled sheet of lyrics.
Young Bernie talks up the speed of Elton bringing it all together. It is bloody interesting seeing his process. And it's still a work-in-progress. The inflection on Tiny Dancer diverts from the one ingrained in our mind.
https://youtu.be/VDY2w-8S2Ng?t=573

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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #65 on: June 20, 2019, 07:38:44 PM »
I thought the first half was great. I was thrilled.

The rest was so-so, and the last 20 minutes was drawn-out and dull. I suppose I should have expected this, what with EJ himself giving it the nod. They felt they had to show the journey to redemption, so the last 40 years were pushed in there, all ends tied up before the finale, the aggrandisement.

Great central performance, some fabulous fantasy sequences, but this was no great shakes overall - just a well-made two-hour distraction, exactly what you'd expect 'film released in 2019 to celebrate the life of Elton John' to be like. And it definitely IS similar to Bohemian Rhapsody in terms of tone, style. Some scenes were just Elt in place of Freddie.




Was Dick James really such a prick, by the way? Didn't he do the Beatles' publishing?

Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #66 on: June 20, 2019, 08:07:47 PM »
If Elton wasn't sulky and miserable for 80% of the film it would have been great instead I thought it was just very good.


Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #67 on: June 20, 2019, 09:48:01 PM »
Thought this v. disappointing, stunts and action pared back and no cameo from Timothy Dalton?

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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #68 on: June 23, 2019, 05:59:38 PM »
Was Dick James really such a prick, by the way? Didn't he do the Beatles' publishing?

He’s not that much of a git in this. He’s more gruff yet he pushes the songwriting team to make more music beyond the nice stuff. He does get them the US gig, the three album deal, the outfits...

A number of people - including his son - have an issue with this sweary version. And that he uses a gay slur on Elton when satan John Reid takes over management.

The portrayal does bury his music knowledge. His surface could be taken as  music-ignorant and exploitative.

It does require a bit of knowledge of the era to know that £10 a week on top of board and rent would have been a bloody good deal in the late 60s. Dick James was very supportive

Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #69 on: July 07, 2019, 10:02:32 PM »
Just watched it. I was quite confused at first, as I couldn't understand why they'd chosen someone who looks an awful lot like Bono from U2 to play Elton, but I eventually got used to it and, by the end, was finding it to be (unintentionally) hilarious. The film? Tons better than the Queen effort but still a by-the-numbers rock biopic; the sort of thing that I couldn't wait to finish. Four out of ten.

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Re: ROCKETMAN (2019) - Elton John Biopic
« Reply #70 on: July 07, 2019, 10:06:33 PM »
Enjoyed it. The singing was pretty bad though.