Elton John biopic "Rocketman"

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JCM, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. JCM

    JCM Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Columbus, Ohio
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  2. slowhand1964

    slowhand1964 A Tadpole in a Jar

    Temecula, CA
    Looks great! It made me pull out my ol'e copy of 11/17/70 and gave it a few spins! EJ (and the boys) Rocks!
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  3. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Won’t have the same poignancy as the Queen/Mercury film. But it looks fun.

    Time for a David Bowie biopic.
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  4. JCM

    JCM Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Columbus, Ohio
    I hope it takes some chances and isn't a standard soup-to-nuts type story arc.
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  5. maclen

    maclen Forum Resident

    I have great hope for this. Hopefully I won't be disappointed.
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  6. PTgraphics

    PTgraphics Forum Resident

    Not using Elton's voice for the songs is a bold move. Hope it does very well.
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  7. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Trailer released today? Saw it about 3 weeks ago.
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  8. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I wanna see this! looks great!
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  9. It’s a new trailer. Less surreal than the first one.
  10. JCM

    JCM Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Columbus, Ohio
    Yes, I believe that was the Teaser Trailer.

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  11. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Ok. I thought only Star Wars had multiple trailers!
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  12. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

    East Tennessee
    I'm hoping the trailers really aren't a good representation of the film. I already have big misgivings about redone music and no Elton. These fantasy sequences and levitating audiences make it look like some unholy marriage of La La Land and Across the Universe.
  13. Well Across the Universe was a fantastic film. This could benefit my some major fantasy rather than just a bio pick that people bitch about a small few facts changed around to make the film work better.

    GLUDFSSR Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks like it was made for tv.
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  15. Squealy

    Squealy Forum Hall Of Fame

    There have been plenty of musical biopics where either the actor does the singing or someone else who is not the artist does — Walk the Line, Backbeat, La Bamba, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lady Sings the Blues, The Doors (in part), The Buddy Holly Story, Control... did Jamie Foxx sing in Ray? If anything I think it’s more common than it is to have the actor lip sync the original singer a la Bohemian Rhapsody.
  16. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    I loved Across The Universe, as did my wife, brother and my nieces. But then we're not Ultra-Orthodox Beatleites, and have no problem with the Holy Writ being reinterpreted.

    The trailer gave me chills, and I can hardly wait to see it.
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  17. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Bohemian Rhapsody used Marc Martel for most singing parts.

    The singing is embarrassingly bad in the trailers. The tone, the phrasing, the style... all wrong.

    This looks to be better done with Justin Timberlake as EJ.

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  18. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    I'm In!!
    Will probably be utterly disappointed, but that's the cynic in me.
    Trailer looks good!
  19. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Eminem's impression's pretty good. Pronunciation is almost dead-on. :laugh:

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  20. Mkirk

    Mkirk Forum Resident

    I'm looking forward too it. Elton John had a hand in casting the actor playing him and says he's very happy with the singing according to Giles Martin. Here's a clip of Giles talking about it.

  21. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    The trailer looked terrific - and I'm looking forward to seeing the imaginative style the filmmakers chose to tell Elton John's story. Also - Elton's unafraid of telling his own truth and it's clear from the trailer the movie isn't shying away from Elton's darker and more controversial moments - his struggles with sexual identity, substance abuse, failed marriage, etc.

    ...and the man is still alive - happy and sober. As I see it, that IS a powerful and yes, even poignant ending. Dead rock stars are practically cliche...(haha).
  22. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Elton credits Kate Bush's vocal on Peter Gabriel's Don't Give Up with giving him the courage to seek sobriety.

    When Elton and his partner David were able to get officially married, Kate was a guest:

  23. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    I take it you've never seen the Todd Haynes film Velvet Goldmine.
  24. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Nice homage, also Iggy Pop( more Kurt Cobain) , but it wasn’t a proper rock biography.
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  25. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    From an article in the Irish Examiner:

    "That record helped me get sober ... So she played a big part in my rebirth. That record helped me so much. I never told her that but it did."


    Elton's own struggles with addiction will be the subject of a new biopic following his decision to reveal the secrets of the diaries he wrote while in rehab, with 'Billy Elliot' writer Lee Hall penning the script.

    He previously said: "One day he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all his stuff.

    "But he's never commented once on the script, he hasn't interfered at all."​

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