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Old 21-05-2019, 06:55   #1
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RocketMan ...

Surprised there wasn't a thread on this already.

Saw this last night at a free Odeon Limitless exclusive screening. Difficult to describe ... parts of it are excellent, parts of it are awful/bad but overall for me it is OK. My opinion is also based on not knowing much about Elton's private life - not being a huge fan - so not knowing how much was true. An Elton John fan might find it brilliant.

However, if that really is just Egerton's voice singing then his performance is incredible and easily the best thing I have seen him in.

Richard Madden, as John Reid, is also very good and a lot better, IMHO, than his acting in Bodyguard. Speaking of John Reid, it was weird to see two different portrayals of him so close together ( this and Bohemian Rhapsody ) but he gets a lot more screen time here due to the nature of his relationship with Elton.
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Old 21-05-2019, 10:57   #2
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I just don't necessarily think that every single artist, no matter how famous, makes a decent biopic, especially when they're creating them themselves. I guess the money the Queen one made, means we'll see thousands.

Long career, even an interesting life, can't really be done justice, the Queen one was a fun film, lots of good songs, but basically it was just them going through every key song. But do you want anything more?

I'll give it a watch at some point, I do quite like Elton John
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Old 21-05-2019, 12:51   #3
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Watched the new madonna biopic last night, Urban Myths on Sky Arts, 22 mins.

Everyone's life must have some good drama in it if you can find it.
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Old 21-05-2019, 13:22   #4
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It does, but would you necessarily want to make a film about your most interesting drama in your life?
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Old 21-05-2019, 13:27   #5
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Should point out that it is more like Mamma Mia than Bohemian Rhapsody in that, whilst the hits are in there as well, other songs have been chosen as a way to progress the story or the lyrics fitted the story at that point.

I don't remember there being any such story related songs in Bo Rhap

RocketMan is certainly a musical in that sense; Bo Rhap isn't

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Old 22-05-2019, 12:27   #6
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i like Bo Rap couldn't stand Mama Mia, turned off after 5 mins, but thgen never been a fan of musicals, the world can be too sugary and twee (street thugs dancing in co-ordination in West Side Story for instance), although I liked the beginning of La La Land (although gave up halfway through, but this wasn't because of the musical element, it was disbelief at her getting with a man who had been a pig towards her on two previous occasions).
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Old 22-05-2019, 13:04   #7
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I like Queen and liked Bo Rhap. Mamma Mia is just a silly story with Abba songs, it works OK.

You really need to concentrate on a smaller aspect of someones life to make it decent, I think Buddy Holly is the classic one, leave high school, write a load of great songs and die two years later. Stick a few scenes about meeting the wife and playing in Harlem, you've pretty much covered it all.
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Old 27-05-2019, 19:01   #8
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Saw this today and thought his performance was excellent (much better than the film which was good).

Adam's point about it being more of a musical like Mama Mia is very true, and the person I saw it with thought it had been set up to be a stage musical.
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Old 27-05-2019, 19:17   #9
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and the person I saw it with thought it had been set up to be a stage musical.
That wouldn't surprise me at all
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I'd have thought a cash in stage musical was the way to go a few years ago, until they started making stage musicals into movies and also movies into stage musicals.
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Or, like in the case of The Producers ... movies into stage musicals into movies of the stage musical
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Old 29-05-2019, 19:38   #12
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Went to see this tonight as kids are away so wife wanted to see it. Really enjoyed it, would echo my own earlier views and others, there isn't a massive amount of story to his life, he was young, wrote songs, got famous, was gay and did drugs. All this put to some of his hits, but it was pretty fun if you like his music (which I do)
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We saw it last night, and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I'd read some reviews that said it was a mistake letting the subject of a biopic finance it as they'd insist on whitewashing the worst parts of their life, but I don't think it came across that way.

The music was fantastic of course, and Taron Egerton's voice was really very good.
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Glad they made the dig about him losing his hair, thought that'd get whitewashed. Probably a film in itself.
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