While your mum’s favourite film of last year was Bohemian Rhapsody, I must say it was one of my least. Therefore going into Rocketman, I felt a certain sense of dread. While I love queen, my reaction to Elton is more lukewarm. I like Rocketman and Tiny Dancer and I love your song. But he’s not Freddie. So was Rocketman better than BoRhap?
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Well, the quick answer is yes. The biggest difference between Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody is that Rocketman is a musical. The songs are integrated within the story unlike Bohemian Rhapsody which was a biopic with songs in. This lends more flow to the story as music is often used to transition between periods in Elton’s life. At first this is odd. As we are told of Elton’s childhood, we get out first musical number dancing with his neighbours in an overcast street to “The Bitch is Back”. While usually effective, some do feel forced in and there isn’t quite enough final variety within Elton’s songs to always match the moods portrayed.
The setting for the film is a rehab center. Elton (Taron Egerton) has admitted himself saying he wants help for his addictions to drink, drugs and everything else. It’s a very harrowing look at where he has come, with a stark contrast against his colourful parties in his flashbacks. The story is well put together and you actually want to watch it unlike BR where you were just waiting for the next song.
Pokemon, but in real life. This is my younger self’s dream, getting a Pokemon and being the very best like no one ever was (For the record, I would’ve chosen Squirtle). I owned the cards and grew up watching the TV show and still remember Ash being late, only getting a Pikachu which would shock everyone, stealing Misty’s bike, beating Brock’s rock type Onix (Which he shouldn’t be able to do by the way) and most emotionally, I remember the orignial Pokemon film and the sadness of Pikachu crying when Ash was turned into a statue [Spoiler alert]. So when a couple of years ago, Pokemon Go came out and took my summer by storm, my inner-child finally could recognise the dream to be a pokemon master. Then Pokemon: Detective Pikachu came along, a film with CGI pokemon in the real world. Needless to say, this immediately became a must watch. Therefore, I will discuss this film as objectively as I can, but also as someone who grew up with these 151+ monsters.
Ninties comedy Seinfeld was regularly described as “a show about nothing”, yet it had enduring appeal. “Still Walking” is similar in this regard. The film is not story driven, but is a very human representation of a family dealing with grief and relationships.
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A friend of mine was considering whether to come along to this film, but decided not to as his reading around the film was that it seemed downbeat. Upon my return home, he asked whether this film about grief was really sad. Much to his disappointment, I replied that it wasn’t and that it made me chuckle quite a bit and that is of full credit to the director and his script. I first heard of Kore-Eda earlier this year when I went to watch the maginificent Shoplifters (Summary here). The characters in that film are likeable and you learn more throughout this journey.