Rocketman

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  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    It is honestly one of the best if not the best musical bio pic ever to be put on screen. Taron Egerton actually feels like Elton and his singing is just as outstanding. At times it may feel like a standard biopic, but it's story is elevated by the amazing musical numbers that are given a fantastical twist. this is definitely a must watch for music lovers and movie goers.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Yes, it's a fantasy bio pic. Any true Elton fan knows the time sequence is off. This movie is fun and entertaining. Taron Egerton put on a fabulous performance, singing all songs himself (unlike Rami Malik). Of course he was snubbed for an Oscar. No matter. Lose yourself in this movie. It's great fun.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Amazing film, songs are great, story is fantastic and emotional, Taron did a fantastic job.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    The movie is extremely well-done. Taron Egerton's portrayal of Elton John is one of the best performances that I've ever see. His interpretation of the music icon's highs and lows in life are believable and make one forget that he/she is watching a movie. He even sings the songs himself--exceptionally well. The musical parts tie the other scenes together well, as, after all, Elton John's life is tied together by his music. I highly recommend this movie.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    An amazing story about his life. Great movie and music. I wasn't a big fan of Elton John but enjoyed the movie and have new respect for him.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    I will begin by fully admitting that I was not alive for Elton John's heyday and have never seen him perform, but I do like his music. Movie was beautiful, answered a few legitimate questions I had about the man, and the soundtrack was, of course, kick@$$.
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    There is a scene towards the end of the movie in which young Reggie Dwight (Matthew Illesley) asks for a hug and finally receives one - from the grown up Elton John (Taron Egerton). That scene is a perfect illustration of why this film should have been great and why it ultimately didn't work for me. At its core Rocketman is by the numbers musician's biopic - early natural talent, meteoric rise to fame and fortune, alchohol and drugs, an abusive partner/manager that nearly gets him killed. I felt like I saw that same movie last year. Luckily for the filmmakers, Elton's songs not only provided ready chunks of the script, they also made those moments when characters burst into song almost organic. I cringed when characters other than Elton would start to sing though. This would work in a stage musical where you expect everyone to sing. And it does sometimes works in movies. Here it felt weird. The dance numbers, though disappointingly generic looking, did manage to illustrate the mood of the moment. Most of the time. The problem is that in order to make a movie that injects fantasy into reality like that one needs to do something akin to magic. There are times when the movie achieves precisely that, like the attempted suicide scene in the pool. But too often what we get are these obvious symbolisms, which I personally dislike. People lifted off their feet by Elton's performance. Elton gradually removing parts of his elaborate costume - he is peeling off the layers of fake persona and revealing the real person underneath. And the scene I mentioned in the beginning - Elton hugging his young self - look, he learned to love himself. It's like they are trying to do magic, but I could see the strings.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Second best biopic ever made behind Walk the Line but it's a close call. This is the movie Bohemian Rhapsody thinks and wishes that it was
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    I really wanted to love this movie because I absolutely adore Elton John, but I just found it to be another story about the struggles of a rising artist. On the opposite hand, I still managed to like it. I think that it was creative and carried a great story no matter how cliche that might be. The thing that makes me like this movie is that it surrounds a friendship, which I do not think I've seen in any other struggling artist movie. Without that part of the plot and the musical approach to it, I probably would not have liked it as much.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Taron Egerton is incredible, but you can only watch someone brattishly self-destruct before you just stop caring. The use of the therapy tool accomplished what it wanted, but I wasn't crazy about that method within the film medium--probably that would've worked better onstage.