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Rocketman Review: Taron Egerton Astonishes in Glitzy Elton John Musical

Rocketman Review: Taron Egerton Astonishes in Glitzy Elton John Musical
Rocketman is an elaborate musical fantasy. Bursting at the sequined seams with the glitz, glamour, and sensationalism of the irrepressible Elton John. The film eschews the standard, straightforward biopic approach. Director Dexter Fletcher, the true architect of Bohemian Rhapsody's success, showers you with stardust and sadness. The meteoric rise to success was filled with self-loathing, alcohol, drugs, and sex addiction. It's a wild ride, squarely on the shoulders of Taron Egerton. The actor is truly remarkable in his portrayal of Elton John. The year's first Oscar contender will have you dancing in the aisles.

We first meet Elton John (Taron Egerton) in full costumed regalia, high on drugs, and desperate for help. He sings, dances, and plops down in a therapy circle. The other patients are surprised and amused. Then the tone becomes serious. Elton begins his story as young Reginald Dwight (Matthew Illesley), a painfully shy boy with a cold,
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Rocketman Review – Cannes 2019

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Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic is an exuberant, rocket-fuelled film that also added a shiny bit of much-needed glamour to this somewhat subdued Cannes red carpet. Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish were producers on the movie, which risked us seeing a hagiographic version of John’s colourful life. Instead, Fletcher gets beneath the sequins and lays the singer bare, warts and all.

First off, let’s get the Bohemian Rhapsody comparisons out of the way. Despite sharing many similarities – the dodgy producers, the failed marriages and the difficult parental relationships – there is one significant difference: Elton John’s homosexuality is declared early on, both in terms of the film’s narrative arc and in the singer’s life, and there are scenes of him having sex with his long-term partner and manager John Reid (a very dashing and dastardly Richard Madden). This, plus the swearing and drug use,
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Elton John comes out in support of Taron

Legendary singer Elton John has slammed critics for objecting to the casting of a heterosexual actor Taron Egerton to play the role of a gay person in "Rocketman".

The film is a biopic, based on the life of John.

During the premiere of "Rocketman", John came out in support of Taron and addressed the critics who claimed Taron should not play the role of John, who is a homosexual in real life," reports dailymail.co.uk.

"The movie floored me. But I'm very high. Taron is beyond belief. It's like watching me. It's quite extraordinary, he is so me-like. He's a megastar," John said.

Responding to the backlash, John said: "That's all bulls**t, I'm sorry."

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, "Rocketman" is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of John's breakthrough years. The film follows the journey of his transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.
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Cannes Report, Day 3: ‘Rocketman’ Gets Standing Ovation, Mati Diop’s ‘Atlantics’ Is ‘Dazzling’

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Cannes Report, Day 3: ‘Rocketman’ Gets Standing Ovation, Mati Diop’s ‘Atlantics’ Is ‘Dazzling’
The Elton John biopic “Rocketman” has finally hit the Croisette, and not quietly, either — Dexter Fletcher’s film debuted to thunderous applause and a standing ovation, with many praising Taron Egerton’s performance as the famed singer.

Egerton and John also took the stage at the film’s after party to sing John’s song “Rocket Man,” video of which you can see below.

The third day of the Cannes Film Festival has come and gone, and it was quite busy — films like “Sorry We Missed You” and “Atlantics” debuted (the latter of which received dazzling reviews), and more films were announced that would launch sales at the festival, including a Glenn Close/Mila Kunis starrer (“Four Good Days”) and a heist thriller starring Cara Delevingne titled “Punk.”

Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 2: 'Les Miserables' and 'Bacurau' Start Strong, John Carpenter Takes a Bow

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‘Rocketman’ Review: Dir. Dexter Fletcher (2019) [Cannes]

Image: Paramount Pictures.

Dexter Fletcher directs a fantastical, flamboyant, and frankly phenomenal biopic of rock and roll icon Elton John, formerly Reginald Dwight, in a film that in a post-Bohemian Rhapsody movie-going world soars to altogether different dizzy, delightful heights.

Taron Egerton is the Rocketman for the majority of the film; a career-defining performance in a cinematic spectacle that needs to be experienced on the big screen. We know we’re in for something entirely different to ‘Rhapsody’ in the opening moments as Egerton’s Elton Hercules John, in full, glorious devil attire sits down in a therapy meeting to admit – and I paraphrase slightly, an ‘alcoholic, drug addict, sex addict, with issues relating to anger management’. We’re in for quite the ride over the next two hours, most of Elton’s colourful life told in flashback from his years as a child growing up in Pinner, Middlesex,
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Cannes You Feel the Love Tonight? First Rocketman reactions and reviews

Music bio comparisons were always going to be made between this fantastical look at the life of Elton John, and last year’s divisive rockbuster, Bohemian Rhapsody. However, it seems as though Rocketman, which apparently received a four-minute standing ovation at its suitably glitzy Cannes screening last night, has debuted higher in the critical charts than the Queen biopic, with effusive reviews and social media reaction emerging overnight.

In his Telegraph review, Robbie Collin said that the “Elton John movie [was] a heart-racing, toe-tapping, deliriously entertaining triumph”, while David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter claimed that it was a “boldly unconventional portrait of Elton John”, with “a fully committed performance” from Taron Egerton “that ranges from exuberant stage showmanship through maudlin seediness and private misery, then back up again with the raw vulnerability and hard self-examination of someone stepping away from the precipice to take responsibility for his near flameout.”

The
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Watch Elton John and Taron Egerton Perform ‘Rocket Man’ at Cannes

Rocketman star Taron Egerton made a surprise appearance during Elton John’s set at the Cannes gala party for the film. Egerton, who plays John in Dexter Fletcher’s upcoming biopic, took the stage at the afterparty at Carlton Beach to perform “Rocket Man” alongside the singer.

John also perform “I’m Still Standing,” his 1982 multi-platinum single. The singer paid tribute to the song’s music video, which he shot at Carlton Beach and at the Carton Hotel Intercontinental. John told the crowd, “This has been a very emotional night for me.
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Taron Egerton Joins Elton John for ‘Rocket Man’ Performance After Emotional Premiere

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Taron Egerton Joins Elton John for ‘Rocket Man’ Performance After Emotional Premiere
Elton John felt the love Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Rocket Man,” a musical biopic about the singer’s life, landed with fireworks at its premiere in the South of France. The movie received an enthusiastic five-minute standing ovation, although much of the applause was directed to the legend in attendance, who donned a tuxedo with a glittering brooch shaped like a rocket and the words to his most famous song stitched in sparkles on the back of his jacket.

Taron Egerton, who plays John in the film, fought back tears as the Palais erupted in cheers for the movie, which will be released by Paramount Pictures in the United States on May 31.

Taron Egerton is crying at the end of #Rocketman. #Cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/JdMeuFlZWB

Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 16, 2019

Much like the box office phenomenon “Bohemian Rhapsody” about Freddie Mercury, “Rocketman” takes us through a catalogue
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‘Rocketman’ Launch: Elton John Musical Biopic Blasts Off In World Premiere That Lights Up Cannes

‘Rocketman’ Launch: Elton John Musical Biopic Blasts Off In World Premiere That Lights Up Cannes
“Even if the movie doesn’t make one penny — which will kill Jim Gianopulos — it is the movie I wanted to make, and that doesn’t happen often,” said no one other than Elton John on Thursday as he proceeded to sing his signature “I’m Still Standing” at the Carlton Beach after-party for the world premiere of the movie all about himself, Rocketman. Paramount chose the 72nd Cannes Film Festival to launch its big summer hope, and if reaction with a seven-minute standing ovation was any indication, it is a hit.

Gianopulos, the Paramount chairman, was certainly enthusiastic when I caught up with him at the party. He noted that star Taron Egerton, who gives the first performance I have seen in 2019 guaranteed to be an Oscar contender, actually used Elton’s classic “Your Song” as an audition to get into his drama school. He was clearly fated to
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‘Rocketman’ Review: Elton John Biopic Is a Cheesy Jukebox Musical

‘Rocketman’ Review: Elton John Biopic Is a Cheesy Jukebox Musical
Elton John’s story is many things — the travails of repressed sexual identity and addiction, the corrosive effect of celebrity on talent, and the capacity for one of the greatest songwriters in history to overcome it all and become his one true self. But in “Rocketman,” it’s a dense jukebox musical variation on “A Christmas Carol,” with John traveling through the bumpier chapters of his life to comprehend how he got here.

Above all, it’s a snazzy, overproduced vessel for the songs, as Taron Egerton gives the karaoke performance of his life in a sufficient impersonation of a very familiar face. Rather than revealing much about the man behind the music, “Rocketman” seems more content to hover inside of it, exploring his unique synthesis of blues, rock, and every other relevant genre as a natural extension of his personality.

No surprise here: Director Dexter Fletcher layers on the
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Elton John’s ‘Rocketman’ Rocks Cannes and Embarks on Its Road to Awards

The trailer was promising, and so was the CinemaCon footage. But it takes confidence to send a movie to Cannes, and Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos, who knows the ins and outs of the international market, decided to launch out-of-competition at Cannes one of his first greenlights, Dexter Fletcher’s $40-million Elton John musical “Rocketman.”

The gamble paid off as the movie played well, with producers John and his partner David Furnish and songwriter-partner Bernie Taupin on hand. (Tomatometer is strong so far.) Cannes veterans know that the end-of-movie Palais applause is always long and lingering. What’s rare is breaking into applause in the middle, as the audience did after Taron Egerton as John sits down at the piano in his mother’s house and figures out the music for “Your Song” as Taupin (Jamie Bell) watches. It’s the moment when an artist finally finds his voice. I was in tears.
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Elton John’s ‘Rocketman’ Rocks Cannes and Embarks on Its Road to Awards

The trailer was promising, and so was the CinemaCon footage. But it takes confidence to send a movie to Cannes, and Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos, who knows the ins and outs of the international market, decided to launch out-of-competition at Cannes one of his first greenlights, Dexter Fletcher’s $40-million Elton John musical “Rocketman.”

The gamble paid off as the movie played well, with producers John and his partner David Furnish and songwriter-partner Bernie Taupin on hand. (Tomatometer is strong so far.) Cannes veterans know that the end-of-movie Palais applause is always long and lingering. What’s rare is breaking into applause in the middle, as the audience did after Taron Egerton as John sits down at the piano in his mother’s house and figures out the music for “Your Song” as Taupin (Jamie Bell) watches. It’s the moment when an artist finally finds his voice. I was in tears.
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Cannes Film Review: Taron Egerton as Elton John in ‘Rocketman’

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Cannes Film Review: Taron Egerton as Elton John in ‘Rocketman’
What is it that we love about Elton John? If “Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher ever stopped to ask himself that question, the response was apparently so simple as to be almost vulgar: The sunglasses. And the sequins. And the songs, of course. Elton fans will find more of those three elements than they can count in this relentlessly ebullient, razzle-dazzle homage to Reginald Dwight, the fool-lucky London piano prodigy (played here by “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton) who stumbled into a partnership with brilliantly inscrutable lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), sparking the chance for a desperately music-obsessed rock ’n’ roll wannabe to transform into one of the 20th century’s top-selling pop musicians.

So, while it affords Fletcher the chance to envision “Rocketman” as a kind of Baz-Luhrmann-by-way-of-David-lachapelle disco-ball fantasy — in which Elton and his circle are constantly breaking out into his most recognizable songs — is the bling really the thing
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Elton John and Taron Egerton Sing Together After the Cannes Film Festival Premiere of Rocketman

Elton John and Taron Egerton Sing Together After the Cannes Film Festival Premiere of Rocketman
Elton John and Taron Egerton surprised fans with a special performance after the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Rocketman on Thursday.

The singer, 72, began to play the piano by the beach where he sang his 1983 song “I’m Still Standing.” He was soon joined by Egerton, 29, who plays John in the upcoming film about the singer’s life.

The duo sang the titular song “Rocket Man,” which John released in 1972.

John toasted songwriter Bernie Taupin, his longtime collaborator, saying, “We’ve been through thick and thin. There’s been a lot of thick and a lot of thin.”

Taupin is
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Elton John And Taron Egerton Duet On “Rocketman” After Cannes Premiere – Watch The Video

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Elton John And Taron Egerton Duet On “Rocketman” After Cannes Premiere – Watch The Video
Updated with “I’m Still Standing” video, Elton John and Bernie Taupin reaction: As Deadline exclusively reported this morning, no shocker here: Elton John and Rocketman star Taron Egerton performed a duet of the Paramount film’s iconic title song together at the film’s world premiere after-party at the Carlton Beach in Cannes. The duet was rumored for months, but there had been some some buzz it wouldn’t happen due to John’s touring schedule and possible security issues.

Egerton and John confirmed Deadline’s initial report on Good Morning America this morning.

Awardsline Editor Joe Utichi caught the performance, which you can watch below.

Taron Egerton and Elton John (behind a pillar) owning Rocketman in #cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/skSKttxbws

— Joe Utichi (@joeutichi) May 16, 2019

Here’s the same performance from another angle:

Before to Egerton and John singing, the latter 300 million album-selling
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Paramount Pictures’ Rocketman Receives Rave Reviews Out Of Cannes 2019

Director Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman has had it’s premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is receiving positive reviews.

Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

Watch Elton John and Bernie Taupin respond to seeing the film for the first time at Cannes.

Take a look at what the critics are saying on Twitter.
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Taron Egerton’s ‘Rocketman’ Debuts to Huge Applause at Cannes

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Taron Egerton’s ‘Rocketman’ Debuts to Huge Applause at Cannes
Taron Egerton’s “Rocketman,” the biopic about Elton John’s life and career, premiered to thunderous applause and a standing ovation Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Just hit the world Premiere of #RocketMan at #Cannes2019 & boy you are in for a treat,” one viewer wrote on Twitter. “What a wonderfully acted & directed treat of a brilliant story.”

Another audience member tweeted: “Taron Edgerton [sic] is absolutely brilliant, wow.”

Also Read: 'Rocketman' Lands Early Preview Screenings Through Fandango

John and Egerton then took the stage after the premiere to sing “Rocket Man.”

Elton and Taron singing #Rocketman pic.twitter.com/AtmoLXgB0D

Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) May 16, 2019

Egerton stars as Elton John in the biopic. “Bohemian Rhapsody” director Dexter Fletcher helms the musical fantasy written by Lee Hall and also starring Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Rocketman” will hit theaters in the United States on May 31.

See the first reactions below.
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‘Rocketman’ Takes Off at Cannes With Huge Standing Ovation for Taron Egerton, Positive First Reactions

‘Rocketman’ Takes Off at Cannes With Huge Standing Ovation for Taron Egerton, Positive First Reactions
Dexter Fletcher’s “Rocketman” landed at Cannes for its world premiere May 16, and the mostly positive first reactions pouring in from press in attendance should give distributor Paramount Pictures some relief with the film’s release just two weeks away. The Elton John biopic premiered out of competition at the prestigious film festival. The cast includes “Kingsman” breakout Taron Egerton as the singer, plus Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, and Jamie Bell.

Paramount has touted “Rocketman” as an “uncensored” look at John’s early career. The film mixes traditional biopic elements with that of musical fantasy as John’s songs are dispersed throughout the story to help propel the narrative of his life. The film’s script was written by “Billy Elliot” playwright Lee Hall.

Following the movie’s premiere at Cannes, Egerton and John could be seen wiping away tears. Both men got big standing ovations from the audience in attendance,
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Beautiful Boy: Heart-Rendering Father/Son Relationships In Film

Relationships are a powerful and complex thing, and the relationship between a father and his son is one of the most interesting ones to explore.

Upcoming critically-acclaimed drama Beautiful Boy tells the poignant true story of a devoted father facing impending tragedy when his ‘perfect’ son becomes addicted to drugs. Ahead of its release on Blu-ray and DVD, we take a look at some of our favourite films that really pack an emotional punch when it comes to showcasing the agonising ups and downs, but ultimately love, between fathers and sons.

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The Champ (1979), Franco Zeffirelli

Billy Flynn (Jon Voight) is a washed-up boxer, alcoholic, gambler and pretty poor parent to T.J. (Ricky Schroder) who, despite everything, still hero-worships his Dad. Although Billy has had custody of T.J. since his wife, Annie (Faye Dunaway), left the family years ago, her return prompts a new struggle for the former fighter.
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Elton John is quite an unusual animal: Taron Egerton

Actor Taron Egerton says legendary singer Elton John is quite an "unusual animal" because he has changed so much over his life.

Egerton plays the role of the famously flamboyant rocker in the biographical film "Rocketman".

Described as an "epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of John's breakthrough years", the film follows the journey of his transformation from a shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into an international superstar.

How would Egerton describe the film?

"The mandate was always that this wouldn't be a straight out-and-out biopic; that it would lead into elements of fantasy. The movie begins with Elton entering rehab.

"For me personally, that was what I found exciting, because I think that someone who is so universally known, to see them in such an intimate, vulnerable situation is quite unusual," Egerton said in a statement.

"What happens (in the movie) is that Elton recounts his life through rehab,
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