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Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 16:04
by ChrisChopping
What a fucking mess

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 22:52
by Sneelock
I haven't seen it yet.
I think it's gonna be a long, long time...

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 12:00
by Samoan
ChrisChopping wrote:What a fucking mess

Pray tell.

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 12:06
by Lord Rother
It doesn’t appeal to me but I’ve only seen good reviews. (Not that I’ve looked around much.)

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 12:17
by Samoan
Yeah, the reviews I've seen are all enthusiastic so it's on my list.

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 03:26
by ChrisChopping
It’s very stagy, like the adaptation of a stage musical that never was. Plus it tries to use the songs of Elton john to tell a biographical story of his life even though the film makes explicit that Bernie writes his lyrics. Elton John is not an autobiographical songwriter. So it all seems a bit forced.

The worst thing is how it uses songs from the wrong time period all the way through, which means so many of the scenes are a much less resonant than they could have been.

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 14:48
by Hightea
is was awful. Agree with CC wrong songs at wrong times. The story was all over the place and so much more interesting stuff missing.

Re: Rocketman - Legion d'Honneur

Posted: 22 Jun 2019, 11:05
by Samoan
Anyway, how d'ya like this apple.
Elton John has been awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur.


The British musician was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace.

President Macron's office praised Sir Elton, 72, as a "melodic genius" and as one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community.

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 26 Jun 2019, 05:44
by trans-chigley express
I enjoyed it. The rather random use of the songs throughout didn't bother me in the way it did with the Freddie Mercury movie as this was very much played out as a musical using songs that felt appropriate for the particular scene. This worked really well at times such as the Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting sequence during which Elton grows from a boy to a teenager. Playing a medley of his hits as boy at the piano worked less well though so it's a mixed bag in that regard but when it worked it was good.

On the negative side I don't think the Pinball Wizard scene was necessary, he has more than enough of his own songs to choose from rather than use a cover. I also thought Some Saved My Life Tonight would have made a better song to accompany the attempted suicide scene rather than Rocket Man but Rocket Man did actually work well so that's a minor quibble.

As an aside I never realised his huge drop off in quality in the late 70s coincided with Berni Taupin not writing the lyrics so I checked through his discography after the movie to see if this was true and it confirmed it was. Taupin stopped writing full time after Blue Moves and stated again with Too Low For Zero which was a bit of return to form with some right old shit in between.

On the whole I have less criticisms of this than the Freddie Mercury biopic and enjoyed it more. It also made me want to dig out some old albums I haven't played in years.

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 02 Jul 2019, 23:21
by Muskrat
I enjoyed it, but I respect Elton more than I actually enjoy listening to his music. And of course it's a fantasy.
I'd see it again, though probably not if I had to pay to. On the other hand, I don't regret having paid once.

And while we're at it, I liked Yesterday very much indeed.

Re: Rocketman

Posted: 25 Sep 2019, 13:01
by The Prof
I don't really like Elton John and don't care for many of his songs but I liked the film.
Saw it on the plane last week. I noticed that both EJ and David Furnish were involved in the production so it was going to be a rather one sided account (John Reid with absolutely no redeeming features..).

The Director, Dexter Fletcher, did his job really well. It was a bit like a musical (as Chris Chopping says above) and handled with the right amount of pace and engagement.