Rocketman

Movie Trivia: Taron Egerton played Johnnie in the movie “Sing” and he sung Elton John’s song “I’m Still Standing”.  Full circle moment…

I love Elton John.  Now, that is out of the way.  I didn’t love this movie; however, it was a telling introspection on his version of the story.  Watching and reflecting on the film, I am reminded of the adage “There are two sides to every story, and then there is the truth.”  By no means am I implying that he was not being truthful in his recalling significant memories of his life.  However, I found his version to be more as a victim rather than a victor and some part villain.  Perhaps, seeing his version of events gives you a behind the music glimpse of classic songs co-written by this musical genius that has shaped generations.  Perhaps, it is an introspective account on the price of fame of stardom that we do not talk about.  It is a good but not great film, but one that paints the story of his version of events with some flaws.  After all, it is his version.

PS: The charity that started in a church basement kitchen is Open Hand Atlanta.  They are a GREAT organization that does some life-giving work in Atlanta.  I volunteer with them several times a year.  

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From the desk of Dr. Dion Metzger: 

“Rocketman” never launched for me and I love biopics. The character development felt unfinished and the film almost seemed too edited. Although vivid in costume, “Rocketman” wasn’t the raw portrayal I was expecting. This often happens when the biopic’s star also happens to be the executive producer. Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake was Elton John’s top choice to play him but this role was made for Taron Egerton. He had Elton down to a tee from the dancing to the mannerisms and he did all of the singing in the film. Sadly, “Rocketman” is a no for me but I shall keep my eye out for Egerton. He was a delight to watch and the his musical scenes weren’t excessive (phew).

***Lauren interjecting: Dion looked at me exasperated and said after the first musical number, “Is this going to be a musical?”

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Metzger: images   

Morton:  tv

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“Rocketman” 

Directed By: Dexter Fletcher

Starring:  Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden

Runtime: 2 hrs, 1 min

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