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Film: Rocketman (121mins)
Festival Film Club rating: ****
Review by: David Flack
“Rocketman” is presented as a therapeutic exercise. We first encounter the adult Elton John (Taron Egerton) as he marches along a corridor in a tangerine cat suit, complete with wings and horns. Crashing through a door, Elton dominates in group therapy session, and reveals his addictions: sex, drink, and drugs plus loads of shopping.
Far from the truth he says “I was actually a very happy child,” and, with that, we are transported back to his youth, and through a version of his personal past. With the support of his grandmother Elton overcomes his early lack of confidence and the cold indifference of his father and self-centred mother to gain a scholarship to the Royal Academy of music We get the early gigs in pubs; the meeting with his lifelong lyricist, Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell); the arrival of John Reid (Richard Madden), who became Elton’s lover and manager; the globe-straddling glory; and the statutory breakdown, without which no rock fable is complete. The plot goes full circle, with Elton, cured of his depression, alcoholism and drug addiction, regarding his younger self, and singing “I’m Still Standing.”
Whilst very entertaining crammed with many of Elton’s hits, as a bi-optic I felt it was somehow lacking in emotional depth, perhaps Elton as executive producer set limits to the probing of his private life. However, the film as entertainment was very good and will please Elton’s many fans.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (15, 125m)
‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters,’ an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Aladdin (PG, 130m)
A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
Avengers: Endgame (12a, 182m)
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films.Men In Black International (12a, 115m)
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organisation.
The Secret Life Of Pets 2(u, 86m)
The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise. The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax).
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