Rocketman (2019) - Biography, Drama, Music

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Breathtaking

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell
Length: 121 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 40 out of 459 found boring (8.71%)

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Taron Egerton stars and sings in this biopic musical that offers up a compelling, creative, and artistic depiction of Elton John's life through both an absorbing storyline and a dazzling array of musical dance numbers.

Elton John is undoubtedly a legend, and this subjective statement alone will attract several audiences into what is an enjoyable musical.

But I think the placing of a music scene is critical, and it just felt very repetitive in this movie.

At times it's a bit of of fantasy, and perhaps because of that and because the movie tried so desperately to fit the story of Elton's life with Elton's music (it's a little bit like "Mamma Mia" in that respect except that the story is true) it at times seemed a bit disjointed.

The most successful is the title number, which is realised in an entirely unexpected, totally effective way.

Too bad the script was a "Mamma Mia" pastiche, campy and difficult to follow.

I was happy that the filmmakers went this route (vs the bio-pic route that BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY went) for they were able to use the vast catalog of Elton John/Bernie Taupin tunes to their fullest advantage, when it made sense to drive the narrative forward - or to give the storytelling a shot of adrenaline.

Generally, the experience is quite entertaining, too.

" Elton John (Taron Egerton)Elton John's remarkable removal from reality while he really defines a new rock performance style in the late '60's expresses in "Rocketman" the tension between performance dynamism and the formulaic loneliness fame and success bring to a legend.

Still, what sets this tired old cliché set-up apart from most bio-pics are the clever musical numbers that give the film a surreal and engaging quality.

The performances are incredible and music numbers thrilling.

Dazzling presentation of a cliche .

Intense.

The pure brilliance of this spectacle is heart wrenching and at many points my adrenaline made my hairs stand on end.

Enjoyable, brilliant biopic of one of Rock's icons.

A boring Wikipedia .

enjoyed it .

You will be treated to an exciting journey of self-discovery, heartache, suffering and healing with both fist pumping and candle swinging musical numbers.

Regrettably, the film as a whole is self-indulgent and cliche-ridden to the hilt and goes down as a misfire.

The film also evokes some unexpected emotion as there were more than a few people wiping their eyes during the film which at its core is a store of a young, shy boy desperate to be accepted and loved.

The storytelling style of Elton sitting around a rehab table was sad, boring and overdone.

Inventive, creative, exciting, whacky, moving, funny, touching, saddening and uplifting.

Jamie Bell aside the rest of the cast were bland and forgettable Problem is that I just couldn't warm to Elton.

The film's cinematography is also stunning.

Despite John's melancholic depressive state, that may catch many off guard, it did feel occasionally boring.

Worth the watch .

Save your money, go home and listen to Madman Across the Water.

And we get to sit front row as he details his early sexual confusion, his desire to be loved, his early professional frustration, and finally a career that exploded - covering him with money, adoration, stress, and more frustration.

*Theme- Seeking approval and love from others your whole life can take you on an unexpected adventure of 'ups and downs'.

I was generally looking forward to this film, but I walked out bored and disappointed.

Exciting at the beginning but it leaves feeling empty at the end.

While most of it is expertly paced, the final third suffers a little from a meandering focus, becoming a slightly repetitive chorus of psychedelic escapades and impassioned arguments that certainly takes the scenic route towards what ends up being a pleasing, if slightly cheesy conclusion.

With an excellent lead performance by Mr. Egerton, Rocketman is always entertaining.

Not just your average music biopic, it tells a riveting story that's accentuated by dizzyingly entertaining musical energy, vibrant visuals, electrifying pacing, and a truly brilliant lead performance, all somehow brought together by director Dexter Fletcher.

Mmm while this fantasy retelling of Dwight's life is vaguely entertaining to a point it does not have the flow and homely character of Queen's biopic.

Brilliant, stunning storytelling.

Multiple boring moments.

A yawn.

The scenes are random also, so it´s also confusing.

Most importantly - the costume and set design for this movie could not have been better, and when they close the movie (to an awe inspiring rendition of I'm Still Standing) the side by side shots of the outfits in film and reality - the greatness truly shines through.

Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman's musical scenes are intriguing.

Its fairly unique presentation as an actual musical leads to some entertaining sequences and the fact that it's frank about its protagonist's troubles is certainly welcome - especially coming off the back of its recent unavoidable comparison, 'Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)'.

Taron Egerton too, mirrors the film's brilliant energy and passion, portraying Elton John not only in a convincing and likable manner, but fantastically blending the singer's lively stage persona and real-world troubles into one, something that's so hard to do in such sleek and engrossing fashion.

So, so boring.

Rocketman is an honest depiction of fame, both of its hardships and triumphs; it may not be all smooth sailing (with Elton's life and the film itself), but Fletcher puts forward a vigorously entertaining piece of work, bolstered by an outstanding Taron Egerton.

Ive always liked elton john as a singer and artist most of his singles are catchy and inspiring and in my opinion he still one of the best musicians thats ever lived, this film is poignant , engaging, and exciting , the film focuses on his childhood , his early fame to the peak of his career , his rejection over his sexuality from his overbearing and unloving parents and his close relationship with his grandmother and of course his turbulent relationship with his manager( john reid )and supposed lover who nearly drove the poor guy to drink, drugs and suicide.

Very enjoyable.

He portrayed Sir Elton John in the most stunning way, he really captured his motions and his facial expressions, it's amazing.

Worth the watch!

Though perhaps some songs could have been more suitably placed, there are some gorgeous moments that really make use of both the energy and heart of Elton's music; a rendition of 'Your Song' sung solo by Egerton at the piano is slow and goose bump-worthy whereas the 'Saturday Night's Alright' sequence early on in the film is a joyous burst of colour and choreography.

Whether that's historically accurate or not, it provides a thrilling moment on screen for the creative duo.

Production values are top notch, with lots of stunning visuals, and the cast is excellent.

Freddie Mercury and Elton John are two of the most fascinating figures in music history, and while both films are enjoyable, it's ROCKETMAN that is willing to take the riskier path by highlighting the flaws of a creative genius.

This film was absolutely breathtaking!!

Due mostly to a sensational performance by Taron Egerton in the title role, the musical interludes are performed and viewed very imaginatively, even if the storytelling is strictly mundane.

Absolutely stunning .

EDITING/FLOW: It made the story feel disjointed at times.

The movie it's kind of long in the plot because after the first hour of the movie it's starts getting slow and repeating the same situation over and over again until he realizes what is really happening

Being entertaining is where the movie really succeeds ....

Slowly going through his life until he reaches his breaking point (which is, of course, the climax), Rocketman is a very engaging film, due to the fact that it really is a musical fantasy at times, providing thought-provoking sequences that really dive deep into the meanings of a few of his hit songs.

Clunky acting (mostly) obvious themes, zero subtlety, and incredibly self indulgent.

This film came off as a disjointed biopic masquerading as a cheesy musical.

So boring and stupid.

Might be more entertaining

Unlike "Bohemian Rhapsody", where the purpose of the songs were limited to entertaining the audience (mostly fans), here, Elton John's songs (recreated, and sung by Taron himself) serve as a device for storytelling: the film-makers cleverly use the musical-style approach to depict happening of events, and passage of time.

A dizzyingly entertaining music spectacle that celebrates its subject in style .

The use of John's music as his life progresses was both emotional and exciting.

For my money, this is a nice change of pace from how formulaic and tiresome some biopics have become these days.

The pace is slow at times, drawing on the drama to fill the gaps rather than the comedy/energy of the numbers.

After a while it goes around in circles and peters out and instead of a rousing concert hit song to go out on you are left with a song that most people will not even know?

The film is brilliantly entertaining and fun.

If I have learnt one thing is that the cloak we all wear to hide the takes of who we are are often the hardest to remove each night we lie in bed to fall asleep.

Bohemian Rhapsody is an award winning movie plagued by some big problems thanks to backstage drama, but still managed to maintain an interesting and entertaining story of one of the most tragic figures in modern music.

One of Elton's only true relationships that went both waysJamie Bell was very good as BerniePicked the right songs for the moments in his lifeOverall enjoyable and entertaining filmGreat for any Elton John or musical fan

Director Dexter Fletcher's aim was to make an entertaining musical setting out the stages in Elton's life from his relatively humble and somewhat unstable family life to establishing himself as the most successful solo pop act on the planet.

He portrayed Sir Elton John in the most stunning way, he really captured his motions and his facial expressions, it's amazing.

Really enjoyable film, Taron Egerton is perfect for the role of Elton, the film outlines Eltons rise to fame and success, touching on each aspect of his life in just the right amount,highly recommended

Costumes- simply stunning.

DF has created a film that will appeal to both the masses and the more discerning indie film lovers (like me to be fair - pretentious, moi?

His high notes were breathtaking!

This movie was boring and a typical story of rags to riches with all the emotional baggage you could think of.

Formulaic, better suited for a stage play than a movie .

Really Enjoyed it .

A stunning masterpiece .

This outstanding biopic blew me away by managing to both inform the viewer about the ups and downs of John's life in a wholly engaging and all-encompassing manner, yet also entertaining the viewer through absolutely dazzling musical scenes that manage to make the most of both the lyrics and subtext of John's lyrics.

This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, regardless of if you are an Elton John fan.

This film is entertaining, emotional and inspiring and won't leave you bored for a minute.

If you absolutely HATE musicals, save your money.

The musical numbers and Elton's story are major players in the film's success however, Taron Egerton's electrifying performance as Elton John is the real driving force in making this a stunning biopic.

Such a stunning performancee from Taron Egerton, who gave 1000% of his mind, body & soul.

Finally we are getting some entertaining movies on the big screen.

He is breathtaking in this.

The musical moments are entertaining and it doesn't feel like John was interfering with the narrative in any way - in fact, it seems as though it would be quite painful for him to watch.

Unsurprisingly the film has the feel of Billy Elliot, also written by Lee Hall, with a gorgeous rousing bop through the mean streets of middle-class Pinner.

The fantasy elements make it fun and over the top (just like the man himself) and Dexter Fletcher's directing is stunning.

The formulaic plot that this follows isn't just sub-par because we've seen it before, either.

Boring .

Perhaps if you just want to learn about the life of Elton John, then this approach won't be ideal, but as far as making a cinematic and immensely entertaining movie goes, Rocketman hits the nail right on the head with this.

It's obvious that Egerton looks up to John as a role model, and he did a stunning job.

Boring .

Just, breathtaking.

2, there were several weak spots, I will detail two, when the song Saturday Night.. came on it seemed just shoe-horned into the movie, as happened in Mama Mia, it was just too contrived.

A riveting combination of candor and glamor.

That will be far more interesting than "Rocketman" was, so save your money and skip "Rocketman", and I say this as somebody who's loved Elton John and his music for decades.

The singing and acting was amazing and so enjoyable.

" A wonderfully enjoyable 8 out of ten

Not perfect, but damn entertaining.

Definitely worth watching in the cinemas.

It's informative, emotional, and most importantly, very entertaining.

It's quite funny in places, visually impressive in others (the costumes are a real treat), harmlessly enjoyable on the whole.

And yet, that total inconsistency and almost insane range of atmopshere only adds to the immense passion and energy of the film as a whole, keeping its feverishly entertaining vibes at top pitch all the way to the finish.

Really enjoyed it.

Pure self-indulgent Puke .

Most of the time that formula feels tired and makes for a very boring theatrical experience, so I was very excited to see that Rocketman would be taking a slightly different approach.

Very well done, highly entertaining ...

Visually, it's stunning work.. and in most other ways, you'll get lost in the movie (which shows the film makers and production crew really paid attention to detail and did a great job all together).

Making entertaining musicals which successfully tell a story is incredibly difficult; Rocket man succeeds brilliantly where many have failed.

He has a certain hidden quality that makes him intriguing.

Very boring movie.. I didn't like it.. as I don't like their life of useless stuff .. aimless life .. not thinking of the last day.

Taron does an absolutely stunning job playing Elton, and his voice is freaking awesome!!

Was quite uneventful and unenjoyable.

Then, when Elton is taken to the hospital and the technicians break into song and lift Elton up into the air, I almost walked out.

And it's also an amazingly entertaining film - an element that too many biopics forget about.

A stunning film, about a stunning man .

Really enjoyed it!

In comparison to last year's Bohemian Rhapsody which had good casting but felt like an average movie overall, this one just way more interesting and engaging.

Slick, polished and hugely gripping, it doesn't slow down for a second.

The foundations of the feature are as rigid as ever, forcing the whole thing to follow the predictable beats of its predictable genre practically to the letter.

Nonetheless, the highly-stylized musical numbers, along with the sheer amount of unexpected weirdness, make Rocketman fly above its banal shortcomings.

Waste of time and money.

Stunning .

I left the theater wanting to turn around and see it again!

Very similar to last year's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', I find myself in the internal battle for conforming to an opinion that readers will appreciate but understand, or give it that elusive perfect rating because it's "enjoyable" to the point that flaws are ignored.

Fast paced, dizzying at times.

Instead of a linear "here's-how-this-song-came-about" storyline, it's a jukebox musical, with entire scenes bursting into unexpected song-and-dance numbers.

Rocketman was entertaining, and the music brought to life what Elton and the other characters were feeling.

Very enjoyable film cleverly put together with excellent visuals and a good flow to it.

Having random instances of each are very confusing and they don't work well in the way they're are presented.

Well, that blew me away, gripping from start to finish.

Musical biography thats entertaining and inspiring.

While telling a somewhat well-known tale, Rocketman manages to be joyous, tragic, romantic, funny, exciting, and just about any other emotion one might hope to experience while watching a film.

From the beginning, Rocketman sets itself out from the crowd and the ride that follows is a gripping tale of love, talent and the tempestuous nature of fame.

Rocketman displays such a strange mixture of self-pity and self-aggrandizement that it made the tone way too confusing to pin down.

" It's a very good movie - often enjoyable (if you're a fan of Elton John's music) and often quite heavy as the more troublesome aspects of Elton's life are portrayed.

It seemed as though the filmmakers tried too hard to break the biopic mold by having people break out in song and dance every time they were in danger of committing the 'biopic cliche crime'.

Everyone on screen is great, especially Egerton (which is, incidentally, another cliché of the genre).

' There is no point, no message.

This definitely is not a documentary of Elton Johns life, but I think it does capture what he was like back then, the trials he had to go through personally and professionally and while the film was not as good as I was expecting, it was enjoyable.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it brought back many great memories of 1970s and 1980s parties accompanied by Elton's distinctive songs, and a couple of wonderful concerts from that era and later.

Blending the music together with orthodox drama in incredibly slick fashion, the film runs at an electrifying pace throughout, running to the beat of its fantastic soundtrack, all the while engrossing you all the more in the story at hand.

Too much of of the movie was spent dwelling his problems and his therapy in rehab which quite frankly was boring because it's a story we hear repeatedly in the media.

But the film is entertaining, and sensitive, and a pleasure to watch and listen to.

A super entertaining film that makes you feel you're on Broadway watching a musical theatrical play.

A stunning and dazzling cinematic marvel, and nothing less.

Director Dexter Fletcher knows how to make a biography interesting and entertaining without seeming like a documentary.

With only few flaws like some longer, slow scenes, one annoying actor, and similar style to other bio pics, I think this is a good movie.

The movie is hard watch and it is difficult to follow , people were leaving the theater.

They are new versions of resonate hits, evocative of the source material, while bringing new elements that suit the vignettes to which they are set, even if they are completely out of chronology for the timeline of the story.

Frequently, the timeline of events in the film is confusing or unclear.

But it's intriguing that - apart from some of the historical releases that frame the story - all of Elton's hits are scattered through the film without regard to release date.

You don't have to be an Elton John fan or vice-versa, to watch this film and come out of the theater with the feeling of "who cares", since Rocketman is that kind of 2 hour waste of ones life in a film that hardly anybody will remember a few weeks after watching.

They took every cliché in the book and gave it the Mama Mia treatment.

With vibrant, passionate and dazzling energy from beginning to end, Rocketman sets a new gold standard for the music biopic, brilliantly blending a riveting true story with inventive and dizzyingly entertaining musical shenanigans throughout, not to mention a fantastic lead performance from Taron Egerton, and stunning directing from Dexter Fletcher that brings it all together into one delightful and endlessly enthralling whirlwind.

A tad superficial & self indulgent .

A well shot and compelling movie about Elton John's rise to stardom and his international stardom.

A Stunning Biopic .

Dexter Fletcher (director) clearly had a vision for telling this internal story through stunning set pieces and brilliant pacing and editing.

The new arrangements gives the familiar hits, a new vibrant and exciting feel.

Combine this with the impressively executed dance sequences, which similar to La La Land feel like modern day versions of a classic Hollywood musical, these sequences stand apart from Elton's as their own entertaining versions.

Boring story.

And the journey is always entertaining, switching seamlessly between flamboyance, pathos and humor.

Lee Hall's screenplay follows the contrived formula usually found in most bio-pics by showing the highs and lows of Elton John's personal story and expansive career: a child prodigy, unloving parents, a doting grandma, a caring music partner, a destructive relationship with his first lover/ manager, the typical drugs, sex, and rock and roll, etc. The story goes from Point A to Point B in a very predictable manner.

It is a fascinating movie, which did almost bring me to tears twice.

This is a film about a talented but self indulgent person who desperately wants you to forgive him for all the bad things you've heard about him.

I did like the performance feom taron egerton but the story was confusing

On the whole it's an entertaining film.

He portrayed Sir Elton John in the most stunning way, he really captured his motions and his facial expressions, it's amazing.

The use of EJ's songs and in particular the poignant lyrics provided by Bernie Taupin to highlight turning points in Elton's life is at times breathtaking.

And it really is worth watching for Taron Egerton, who actually performed most of Elton's songs and did very well with them.

A very entertaining movie about overcoming obstacles .

Was so boring, almost walked out.

Albeit some minor plot holes, cliche, and of course the unavoidable exaggerations that always inserted themselves in these types of film, it still demonstrates the struggle, sufferings, and inner- conflicts of a lost, heart- broken, forsaken and lonely person who also battles with identity- crisis.

Taron Egerton nails it completely in the lead conveying his egocentricities, yet vulnerablities, and flamboyant style while Jamie Bell (who is undoubtedly coming of age in his recent roles) is excellent as the words behind the songs, and 'brother' Bernie Taupin.

The most self-indulgent load of drivel I have seen in years.

The one thing I would've added in though is little title cards that say what year it is because it got a little confusing at times what year it was and how much time has passed since the last scene.

Taron gives a breathtaking performance as Elton John with his real, stunning vocals and didn't fail to make me feel so many emotions.

Bernie Taupin as well as Elton's parents make fascinating supporting characters with far more depth and complexity than supporting characters in similar films.

Taron Egerton does a masterful jobs playing Elton and has created an absolutely stunning music album to compliment the movie - in honesty I downloaded the album as I left the theater.

Robbie K here to review:Movie: Rocketman (2019)Director: Dexter Fletcher Writer: Lee Hall (screenplay) Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard MaddenLIKES:Acting Make Up Costumes Setting/Special Effects Musical Numbers The Emotional Lessons/MomentsDISLIKES:Slow At Times Not Quite As Censored Movie Dramatic Moments Over Concert Approach Real Vs.

Where Bohemian Rhapsody takes a dull, very literal approach to telling a music biopic, Rocketman recognises that there is more to show than just the chronology of a musician's life, and that's where the music itself comes in.

this was also true of BoRhap which in turn was panned by most critics, yet went on to be a stunning success at the box office and with the Academy.

This compelling, thoroughly enjoyable film will whisk you away and take you back to those golden days of youth and the Elton John songs you listened to growing up.

The movie is engaging.

No No Rap, but entertaining .

I wholeheartedly enjoy it, not because it was about someone who i grew up with (the sole reason why I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody, the music and the talent of Freddie Mercury), but the lingering feelings it leaves long after I left the theater.

His direction on that film was very inspired and the overall movie was quite enjoyable, so I was hoping for at least another feel-good movie that he would sink his teeth into.

Predictable to the very tip of the writer's pen.

Surreal but enjoyable .

Dexter Fletcher is a truly amazing director and the screenplay was also written beautifully, keeping the viewer on the edge, something not often experienced in biographies.