“The pure brilliance of this spectacle is heart wrenching and at many points my adrenaline made my hairs stand on end.
“ While it does differ from the majority of them as it's a straight-up musical as opposed to just featuring on-stage performances, every beat of the narrative is very generic and therefore predictable.
“ 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.
“ It's informative, emotional, and most importantly, very entertaining.
“ Fast moving, as colourful as the man himself, very enjoyable
“ 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.
“ Six-line Review: The stand-out feature of this musical biopic is Egerton's stunning performance.
“ Fast paced, dizzying at times.
“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.
“The second reason I enjoyed this film is that pretentious its narrative style as it is, I felt that it added some frequent and refreshing glimpses to an otherwise formulaic story that tries to conceal itself under the glitz and glamour of the irresponsible Elton John.
“ The performances are incredible and music numbers thrilling.
“ Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman's musical scenes are intriguing.
“Fletcher directs the musical numbers with some flair, occasionally adapting the song lyrics to fit the screenplay, but is less certain in depicting the dramatic episodes in the singer's life, which too often flirt with cliche.
“ 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.
“ Worth the watch .
“ 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.
“ The movie is engaging.
“ A riveting combination of candor and glamor.
“ 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.
“ This was tough to sit through and honestly, I didnt make it to the finish..I was bored while watching this.. It came across as unrealistic and greatly lacked depth .
“ Might be more entertaining
“Rocketman was entertaining, and the music brought to life what Elton and the other characters were feeling.
“ Regrettably, the film as a whole is self-indulgent and cliche-ridden to the hilt and goes down as a misfire.
“ It's obvious that Egerton looks up to John as a role model, and he did a stunning job.
“ The movie falls flat and I grew bored.
“ The most successful is the title number, which is realised in an entirely unexpected, totally effective way.
“ Exciting at the beginning but it leaves feeling empty at the end.
“ Inventive, creative, exciting, whacky, moving, funny, touching, saddening and uplifting.
“ 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.
“ A Stunning Biopic .
“ While the material could be fascinating, the medium consists of a recitation of facts and events, as opposed to an actual story.
“ 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.
“ So I REALLY wanted to love this movie but I left the theater irritated and disappointed.
“ It is a fascinating movie, which did almost bring me to tears twice.
“ And it really is worth watching for Taron Egerton, who actually performed most of Elton's songs and did very well with them.
“ 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
“ This film is entertaining, emotional and inspiring and won't leave you bored for a minute.
“ Enjoyable take on Elton Johns rise from a shy little boy to outrageous artist.
“ Like I said though, it is definitely entertaining in the moment and the musical sequences are well-realised and enjoyable.
“ It's fun to watch, and exciting to know.
“ 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).
“ Really enjoyed it!
“" 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.
“ Production values are top notch, with lots of stunning visuals, and the cast is excellent.
“ Rocketman is a very entertaining biopic film with a ton of catchy songs and performances.
“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.
“ The new arrangements gives the familiar hits, a new vibrant and exciting feel.
“ 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.
“ Whilst Queen's recent biopic 'Bohemian Rapsody' packed a punch, this left me bored and unmoved.
“ 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.
“ Very enjoyable film cleverly put together with excellent visuals and a good flow to it.
“ 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
“ A decent telling of the life of the British icon, yet lacks real substance with forced and dull attempts at convincing the audience of the auspicious relationships with Elton and his art.
“ Grand Pretentious Bio Cliche of the Year .
“ "Rocketman," the musical biopic of Elton John, while far from a perfect film, is very enlightening and entertaining for both fans and those who might only be peripherally familiar with the singer's work and tumultuous life.
“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.
“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.
“ It was actually so slow in parts I couldn't believe it was only 2 hours.
“ Taron Egerton was fine and I love Elton's music but it is boring to watch another musician doing drugs like in every other biopic.
“ It's extremely predictable, and while it felt like Bohemian Rhapsody in many ways, it was most reminiscent in its one-dimensional supporting characters who had no development and whose ultimate relevance to the main character was obvious from the start (especially the manager who seems like he's his friend and then clearly doesn't care about him, that felt literally identical).
“ Too much boring dancing and singing scene!
“ It was engaging and well written.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“ The story arc is confusing with glaring inaccuracies which is annoying when the movie is supposedly describing the life of someone so public.
“ Unfortunately, I got bored after hour and the half of this musical fantasy biopic.
“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.
“ But everyime that the movie burst into music, the impetus was lost with these bland reworkings of Elton and Taupins great music.
“With an excellent lead performance by Mr. Egerton, Rocketman is always entertaining.
“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.
“ He shows both the intense vulnerability of Elton John the man, and the bravura of Elton-John, the bedecked on-stage megastar.
“ 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 the worst movies I've seen in quite awhile.
“ 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.
“ I mean, this is Elton John we're talking about, if there was ever a moment to reject the mundane and fully embrace the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy it was here.
“ The scenes in which characters burst into song and dance were obviously fantasies but entertaining ones.
“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.
“" 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.
“ 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.
“ Had to do what he could with a banal script Far better is bohemian rhapsody.
“ VERY ENTERTAINING.
“ 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.
“ A yawn.
“ Finally we are getting some entertaining movies on the big screen.
“ 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?
“ His high notes were breathtaking!
“ Rocketman displays such a strange mixture of self-pity and self-aggrandizement that it made the tone way too confusing to pin down.
“ An entertaining musical that's let down by following the music-biopic formula too closely.
“ Perhaps the ending is a bit too introspective to be entertaining.
“ Taron gives a breathtaking performance as Elton John with his real, stunning vocals and didn't fail to make me feel so many emotions.
“ Formulaic, better suited for a stage play than a movie .
“Director Dexter Fletcher knows how to make a biography interesting and entertaining without seeming like a documentary.
“ Save your money, go home and listen to Madman Across the Water.
“ 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.
“ Boring story.
“ This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
“ Predictable to the very tip of the writer's pen.
“ 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.
“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.
“ 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.
“ Do that and the flavor of the movie sticks, but way more entertaining.
“ Tedious, Depressing Bio Of an Uninteresting Life .
“ Hmmmm, very scattered, unfathomable and pretentious fragmented film in epic identity crisis.
“ Half the time I tried to keep myself from laughing out loud at the cheesy musical numbers, crappy dialogue, and disjointed editing, and the other half I was rolling my eyes for the never-ending pity party.
“While a few scenes are hard to watch overall this is a highly interesting and entertaining account of Elton John's life, and Egerton is superb, what I will call a "Best Actor" quality of performance.
“ The film's cinematography is also stunning.
“ Was so boring, almost walked out.
“ 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.
“ Don't waste your time!
“NB: For Soft Machine fans, there's an unexpected surprise.
“ 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.
“ Really enjoyed it.
“ And it's also an amazingly entertaining film - an element that too many biopics forget about.
“The movie is hard watch and it is difficult to follow , people were leaving the theater.
“ 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'.
“ It's a fine movie for its type, with the usual strengths (hardworking talent, no expense spared for artistic set design, undeniably great music) and weaknesses (somewhat pedestrian and predictable as well as episodic and fragmentary plot) of the genre.
“but from the very beginning it was entertaining.
“ Dazzling presentation of a cliche .
“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.
“ He is breathtaking in this.
“ Bohemian Rhapsody was drawn out and poorly structured, in this case Rocketman was messy and jumbled, jumping from scene to scene.
“ Such a stunning performancee from Taron Egerton, who gave 1000% of his mind, body & soul.
“ enjoyed it .
“ Dexter Fletcher (director) clearly had a vision for telling this internal story through stunning set pieces and brilliant pacing and editing.
“ So boring and stupid.
“ What an enjoyable musical .
“ Very well done, highly entertaining ...
“ 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.
“ The storytelling style of Elton sitting around a rehab table was sad, boring and overdone.
“ Enjoyable rollercoaster of a film .
“ Very entertaining.
“ 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.
“ Nonsensical, trite, and ultimately hollow .
“ Stunning .
“ Like an old-school musical; enjoyed it anyway .
“ The pain he suffered in life and how he tried to self medicate is a journey worth watching in this movie.
“ 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.
“ No No Rap, but entertaining .
“ I left the theater wanting to turn around and see it again!
“ Frequently, the timeline of events in the film is confusing or unclear.
“ Worth the watch!
“ The writing could have been better, at time it seemed very cliche.
“ I'm not questioning anyone's personal struggle with such issues at all; that said, I had rotten parents too and it simply wouldn't make for a compelling story or movie, especially if that were the lion's share of any hardship I faced in life.
“ Not gonna lie, s*** and boring, not worth your money, def not as good as Bohemian Rhapsody
“ Generally, the experience is quite entertaining, too.
“ 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
“ But the film is entertaining, and sensitive, and a pleasure to watch and listen to.
“ Not perfect, but damn entertaining.
“ 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.
“ While the characters and story seemed to ring a bit formulaic and hollow, Egerton's performance is able to carry the gravitas.
“ The music is immensely enjoyable, and the lead actor Taron Egerton, whom I admit I hadn't even heard of before, gives a performance that's stunning, to say the least.
“ But the movie follows a very predictable path that we've seen many times before (recently in Bohemian Rhapsody, and even to an extent in the many iterations of A Star is Born).
“ I do like this movie but I also question whether a more compelling telling is possible.
“They took every cliché in the book and gave it the Mama Mia treatment.
“ Boring .
“ Having random instances of each are very confusing and they don't work well in the way they're are presented.
“ Enjoyable biopic of Sir Elton John .
“ He has a certain hidden quality that makes him intriguing.
“ A dizzyingly entertaining music spectacle that celebrates its subject in style .
“ There are some brilliant moments - the decision to tell the story in retrospect through an AA meeting (this film is very good on addiction, and it's refreshing to see a portrayal of a man with an eating disorder); there's a stunning sequence during the first American gig which perfectly captures that special moment of connection between performer and audience where a gig transcends to something truly elevating; there's a great supporting performance from Richard Madden; and for all my cynicism, Taron Egerton really can sing.
“ 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.
“ A stunning and dazzling cinematic marvel, and nothing less.
“ He portrayed Sir Elton John in the most stunning way, he really captured his motions and his facial expressions, it's amazing.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“' This hoary cliché finds refreshing relevance with the eponymous musician's own confession early on in writer Lee Hall's screenplay.
“" A wonderfully enjoyable 8 out of ten
“ Waste of time and money.
“ Elton John's biopic in musical form, the story of which came across as a little bit cliché.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“ Musical biography thats entertaining and inspiring.
“ I went into this movie doubtful about what kind of drama could be written about Elton John that would make for a riveting story, and I was right.
“ 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.
“' There is no point, no message.
“ Enjoyable, brilliant biopic of one of Rock's icons.
“ I'm glad I didn't spend any money on this and was able to stream it, so save your money.
“ Absolutely stunning .
“ Although there's plenty of great music, upbeat numbers and entertaining dance routines, there's also a fair bit of emotional trauma and drama, making the presentation tonally all over the place.
“ I did like the performance from taron egerton but the story was confusing
“ Slick, polished and hugely gripping, it doesn't slow down for a second.
“ 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.
“ 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?
“ Multiple boring moments.
“ As for Edgerton, he's probably best with the choreography, staging some entertaining, up tempo dance numbers throughout (coupled with a multitude of nifty costume choices).
“ The most self-indulgent load of drivel I have seen in years.
“ Pacing is also slightly on the slower side, especially in the second half.
“ and shaking yourself to stay awake.
“ 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.
“ A stunning masterpiece .
“ 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.
“ Really Enjoyed it .
“ This film feels like a fantastical dream where one moment were in a dreary apartment and the next we go through a door and we're walking with Elton to perform on stage.
“ Both have their flaws, but both, in the end, are remarkably entertaining.
“ This film was pointless.
“ Fast and loose with facts and song timelines it's still entertaining enough
“*Theme- Seeking approval and love from others your whole life can take you on an unexpected adventure of 'ups and downs'.
“ Now, if you're wondering what he felt about this off-delayed, somewhat contrived jukebox musical fantasy, it should come as no surprise that the five-time Grammy winning piano prodigy adores it.
“ I would highly recommend it to anyone!!!!
“ Definitely worth watching in the cinemas.
“ But I think the placing of a music scene is critical, and it just felt very repetitive in this movie.
“ 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.
“ But it was enjoyable and makes me want to go crank some Elton John CDs, so I feel it succeeded.
“ 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.
“ Despite John's melancholic depressive state, that may catch many off guard, it did feel occasionally boring.
“ It's disjointed making it hard to follow how the various events affected his life and his music.
“ The pace is slow at times, drawing on the drama to fill the gaps rather than the comedy/energy of the numbers.
“ Boring .
“ The constant, back-to-back recital of his relatively similar songs eventually became tiresome and got on my nerves, not to mention the unnecessary intermittent musical-esque scenes.
“ Surreal but enjoyable .
“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.
“ 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.
“ Entertaining and watchable, though far from reaching its potential .
“ Total waste of time and money on this movie.
“ Costumes- simply stunning.
“ This movie was boring and a typical story of rags to riches with all the emotional baggage you could think of.
“ A super entertaining film that makes you feel you're on Broadway watching a musical theatrical play.
“ It's quite funny in places, visually impressive in others (the costumes are a real treat), harmlessly enjoyable on the whole.
“ The formulaic plot that this follows isn't just sub-par because we've seen it before, either.
“ Basically it's a predictable musical without any originality.
“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.
“ I came away from Rocketman an entertaining well done film both raving about Egerton's superb performance and realizing and respecting anew Elton John's spectacular talent as a performer and songwriter with Bernie Taupin's talent as a lyricist.
“ Such an intense and convincing performance!
“ On the whole it's an entertaining film.
“ Very enjoyable.
“ Save your money, watch something better.
“ The movie was well acted, full of energy and quite entertaining.
“ This film came off as a disjointed biopic masquerading as a cheesy musical.
“ An amazing performance, but a predictable story .
“ Pure self-indulgent Puke .
“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.
“ A loose retelling of his life and people in it, hugely entertaining with big choreographed dance sequences.
“ Too bad the script was a "Mamma Mia" pastiche, campy and difficult to follow.
“ 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)'.
“ 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.
“ Unbearable .
“ 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.
“ 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.
“ This movie is the most beautiful, touching, authentic, stunning, magical and empowering movie I have seen in the last 30 years.
“ 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.
“ Elton John is undoubtedly a legend, and this subjective statement alone will attract several audiences into what is an enjoyable musical.
“ Clunky acting (mostly) obvious themes, zero subtlety, and incredibly self indulgent.
“In an effort to be " not your standard biopic" , the filmmakers have delivered a movie that is a collection of fantasy musical numbers and scenes that makes watching it more like work than an entertaining, enlightening, or interesting experience.
“ 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.
“ Taron does an absolutely stunning job playing Elton, and his voice is freaking awesome!!
“ A totally disjointed interpretation that could have been something magical.
“ The singing and acting was amazing and so enjoyable.
“The first half of the movie is mostly light and entertaining, the second half more dark and tragic, as we see Elton John spiral into a drug and alcohol use that could have killed him.
“ Very boring, i give up before the middle.
“ Worst movie ever and does not address in any sensible way how the focal figures in his life effected him.
“ Boring .
“ Was quite uneventful and unenjoyable.
“ It is not a masterpiece but it is raw, entertaining and definitely a window into one of music's largest personalities.
“ I was generally looking forward to this film, but I walked out bored and disappointed.
“ While the film did come across as slightly self-indulgent at certain points, it redeems itself with a scene where EJ speaks his heart out to the folks who played key roles in his life.
“ A very entertaining movie about overcoming obstacles .
“ Well, that blew me away, gripping from start to finish.
“ A gripping tale of one of music's biggest icons.
“ Bernie Taupin as well as Elton's parents make fascinating supporting characters with far more depth and complexity than supporting characters in similar films.
“ If you absolutely HATE musicals, save your money.
“ Just, breathtaking.
“ It is honestly just self-indulgence and arrogance at its finest!
“ Fascinating view .
“ With sweeping shots and many, many montages that show off Elton's life in intense music-driven scenes.
“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.
“ Brilliant, stunning storytelling.
“ 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.
“ Predictable high school musical .
“ A stunning film, about a stunning man .
“ I'm still gonna come away giving it a recommendation, because there is enough in there to mean that I enjoyed it, especially in the core casting, all of which is great, not least Egerton.
“ "Rocketman" Blasts Off New Exciting Biopic .
“ So, so boring.
“ A tad superficial & self indulgent .
“ A boring Wikipedia .
“ I did feel that there were parts of the movie, mostly in the third act that dragged a bit, which felt that the film had gone a tad bit too long.
“ Perhaps a message lurks within for prospective rockers about confusing love with sex.
“ 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.
“EDITING/FLOW: It made the story feel disjointed at times.
“ You will be treated to an exciting journey of self-discovery, heartache, suffering and healing with both fist pumping and candle swinging musical numbers.
“It's a damn shame the story was mangled by this waste of time by all involved.
“ Hearing them again in this context, all in a single sitting and accompanied by great visuals, was totally different from hearing this familiar music on classic rock radio for the one-thousandth dreary time.
“Making entertaining musicals which successfully tell a story is incredibly difficult; Rocket man succeeds brilliantly where many have failed.
“ Everyone on screen is great, especially Egerton (which is, incidentally, another cliché of the genre).
“ Entire film full of Elton's boring fantasy scene!
“ "Rocketman" is the only movie that I have ever walked out of, after 20 minutes of cringe inducing musical breakouts and blasé storytelling the movie simply becomes unbearable.
“ And the journey is always entertaining, switching seamlessly between flamboyance, pathos and humor.
“ 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.
“Which is what makes them instantly enchanting but ultimately -- for me -- disappointing and even empty.
“ The use of John's music as his life progresses was both emotional and exciting.
“ Whether that's historically accurate or not, it provides a thrilling moment on screen for the creative duo.
“ The fantasy elements make it fun and over the top (just like the man himself) and Dexter Fletcher's directing is stunning.
“ For my money, this is a nice change of pace from how formulaic and tiresome some biopics have become these days.
“ 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.
“ Jamie Bell aside the rest of the cast were bland and forgettable Problem is that I just couldn't warm to Elton.
“ This film was absolutely breathtaking!!
“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.
“ The worst movie I've ever seen .
“ Nonetheless, the highly-stylized musical numbers, along with the sheer amount of unexpected weirdness, make Rocketman fly above its banal shortcomings.
“ very enjoyable.
“Being entertaining is where the movie really succeeds ....
“ The film is brilliantly entertaining and fun.
“ But "Rocketman" is still a powerful and enjoyable film.
“ 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.
“ This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, regardless of if you are an Elton John fan.
“ 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.
“ The way he portrays emotions, the look in his eyes, the tone of his voice, everything, is just stunning and really let's you feel the pain and the emotions he's going through.
“ A well shot and compelling movie about Elton John's rise to stardom and his international stardom.
“ But in second half, it becomes boring.
“ 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.
“ Thoroughly enjoyed it.
“ In the end, the film is lost between a shallow drama and a boring musical.