Rocketman (2019)

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Writer: Lee Hall (Screenplay)

Starring: Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Jamie Bell, Harriet Walter, Tate Donovan

 

Plot: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.


Tagline – The Only Way to Tell His Story is to live His Fantasy.

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Flamboyant Biopic

 

Story: Rocketman starts as we see how Elton John (Egerton) is checking himself into rehab after his years of abuse of alcohol, drugs and sex, in rehab Elton tells his story from when he was shy timid Reggie who was raised by his mother Sheila (Howard) and father who never encourage his talent to be able to pick up any musical sound he hears.

Reggie continues to follow his dreams, changing his name to Elton John where he is team with songwriter Bernie Taupin (Bell) which would see them rise to international fame, where Elton would turn to drink and drugs to cope with hiding his own sexuality from the world, which could see him lose his international fame.

 

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Characters – Elton John is one of the most famous singers in the world, in this film we see how his timid upbringing would see him turn to music where his abilities have gone to show he can pick up any music and mimic it, as well as create his own sound. We see how he tries to make an impact, working with Bernie Taupin to turn his words into song that will define a generation. Elton has an ability to see how each song can be seen which shows how his drug filled fantasies made the performances easier for him to perform. Bernie Taupin is the best friend to Elton, he writes the songs which will see the stardom come to the pair, he performs to be away from the spotlight, which will see him being the only one that can find Elton a grounded base with his stardom. John Reid is one of the managers that was also a lover of Elton’s, he is controlling with how he makes Elton perform even when he isn’t in the mindset, John is the type of person that we see ruin careers of the best performers from around the war. Sheila is the mother of Elton, she doesn’t show the encouragement you would expect a mother to show towards their child with talents that Elton possess.

PerformancesTaron Egerton is fantastic in this leading role, you completely believe he is Elton John with each and every moment in the film, the serious sides to the performances. Jamie Bell is great too, bringing the calm side to the story which is important throughout. Richard Madden is truly wonderful because he brings this horrible person to life. Bryce Dallas Howard completes the great performance throughout the film which sees her show somebody that doesn’t support their child.

StoryThe story here follows the early years of Elton John to the time he finally is able to get over his addictions that could see his career being over before he has given us the legacy we know he has had. The story is told in the fantasy visions through each song, which is wonderful and the highlight of the story telling process, the career that Elton had was great to see unfold too. The biggest weakness in the story comes from the lack of timeline unless you know Elton’s song history, we do struggle to know just where things are set until you do the maths at the end of the film. the story to watch is pure fun to watch and enjoy.

Biopic/MusicThe biopic side of the film shows how Elton John did go from timid shy young boy to one of the most flamboyant performers in music history, we see his demons start to takeover showing his abilities are slowly heading in the wrong direction. The music side of film shows how the visions of the music come to life with each song having its own unique look.

SettingsThe film shows the different location that would see Elton go from small neighbourhood house, to the mansion he spends his time alone in, as well as the different levels of performances from bars to stadiums.


Scene of the Movie –
Your Song.

That Moment That Annoyed Me No timeline.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the mot flamboyant biopics you will ever see, it turns the songs of Elton into song and dance moments which will only entertain throughout.

 

Overall: Entertaining Biopic.

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – S – Sunshine on Leith (2013)

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn (Screenplay) Stephen Greenhorn (Stage Play)

Starring: Paul Brannigan, George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Jane Horrocks, Peter Mullan, Freya Mavor, Antonia Thomas, Jason Flemyng

 

Plot: Two soldiers return home to Edinburgh to resume their romantic and family lives.


Tagline – When it happens… there’s nothing like it!

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Absolute Delight

 

Story: Sunshine of Leith starts as the two soldiers Davy (MacKay) and Ally (Guthrie) return to Edinburgh to continue their lives, Ally dating Liz (Mavor) while Davy meets Yvonne (Thomas) and the romantic lives of the four-young people come through in the tough times they must live.

As the young men learn to adapt back to a normal life they sing their way through different situations young couples and even the older couples must go through in normal life.

 

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Characters – Davy is one of the two soldiers who returned, the squad leader who has lost men, but returns with a few issues, but starts enjoying life more when he meets Yvonne, he needs to show that he will be haunted by moments from his past and deal with them the right way. Ally has returned home believing he can get a job and just marry his girl Liz, he must learn that not everything is what he had planned for. Liz is Davy’s sister, a nurse and Ally’s girlfriend, she has been dreaming of seeing the world one day, that time is now, can she handle letting Ally know what she wants the most. Yvonne is a fellow nurse, an English girl who moved to Scotland for love once, she has a connection with Davy, but not sure how to accept Davy’s past and his reactions to trouble. We do also have Rab and Jean the parents of Liz & Davy who are going through their own struggles even after their long marriage.

PerformancesThe performances across the board here are fantastic, with the leading men George MacKay & Kevin Guthrie showing the emotional trauma of returning from war. Freya Mavor shows how the ambition of one person can show in conflict they are showing in her and Antonia Thomas shows us how hesitate someone can be to open up to someone who could have problems of their own.

StoryThe story follows 6 lives, two soldiers returning from war, one older couple who must put the past behind them and two young women who careers are about to take them in new directions, but love could hold them back. The stories blend together wonderfully that gives us relatable characters who have everyday problems they must overcome to find the answers they want from life, it will leave you with a smile on your face when it ends.

Comedy/Romance/MusicalThe comedy is light-hearted as we get to see how the lives of the characters is not taken overly serious for them, the romance shows us just how difficult love can be for people who have dreams to follow. Everything is told in a musical style which is filled with catchy songs that give our characters the express of their feelings.

SettingsThe Scottish setting works for the film, it gets to show how normal people are going and return from war to live normal lives.


Scene of the Movie –
500 miles.

That Moment That Annoyed Me While I get most of the references, if you don’t know too much about Scottish culture, you may struggle to understand certain moments.

Final ThoughtsThis was a treat of a movie, it has real characters that must make life changing decisions that could have affect on the people they love, it has delightful songs you can sing along to and wonderful performance.

 

Overall: This is a MUST WATCH

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – A – Autumn (2009)

Director: Steven Rumbelow

Writer: Steven Rumbelow, David Moody (Screenplay) David Moody (Novel)

Starring: Dexter Fletcher, David Carradine, Dickson Tolson, Lana Kamenov, Anton Brejak

 

Plot: A horrible virus kills billions within minutes. The few survivors that are left have to deal with the shock of the apocalypse, and they have no idea that things are about to get much worse.


Tagline – Silence is your savior.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Too slow.

 

Story: Autumn starts as a mysterious plague kills most people in the population instantly. The few survivors left seek shelter as we follow Michael (Fletcher), Carl (Tolson) and Emma (Kamenov) who try to find their way to the coast, knowing that the dead bodies would only spread disease.

As the three believe they have found safety things soon change when the dead do come back to life, not with a hunger, but just wondering aimlessly around searching for a place, until they start to become deadlier, leaving the three to board themselves in for safety.

 

Thoughts on Autumn

 

Characters – Michael was a school teacher that joins the group that leaves, he knows their choice is smart as he prepares for a new life. Carl and Emma join him but if we are honest we barely learn anything about them along the way. We have faceless characters to show it could be anyone trying to survive.

PerformancesThe performances are for a ack of a better word, fine, they are not good and are not bad, you understand why they are acting the way they are.

StoryThe story is like most end of the world stories, a virus kills millions, we follow a group of survivors as they search for a place to be safe while learning how big the damage to the world is. This does try to be difference by having the slow changing in the dead into the zombies we know now. As for the survival side of the film, it is nothing new and does feel slow.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror is the end of the world idea, zombies and the unknown, whereas the sci-fi comes from just where it could go wrong with the undead.

SettingsWe get the countryside settings which show the sensible locations to head to during the potential end of the world.

Special EffectsThe effects seem mostly practical with the camerawork hiding the weakness.


Scene of the Movie –
The first breakout.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is very slow.

Final ThoughtsThis is a slow end of the world movie, it plays along the idea of zombies taking time to turn up and just doesn’t live up to any of the expectation.

 

Overall: Dull and boring for the most part.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Below (2002)

belowDirector: David Twohy

Writer: Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky, David Twohy (Screenplay)

Starring: Matt Davis, Bruce Greenwood, Holt McCallany, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Chinlund, Olivia Williams, Scott Foley, Andrew Howard, Christopher Fairbank

 

Plot: Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Horror Film

 

Story: Below starts in the year 1943 as the USS Tiger Shark submarine must respond to a stranded group of survivors where Captain Brice (Greenwood) and his crew must make the save of the British survivors including the only female now on the vessel Claire (Williams). Brice’s crew including Loomis (McCallany) and Odell (Davis) start to look at the attack on the British ship which doesn’t seem to make sense to Odell.

Discovering that one of the survivors is a Germany and that someone has put the crew at risk we see the tension rise on the ship which has just survived an attack from a Germany battleship. When strange things continue to happen on the ship we are left to wonder whether the submarine is cursed or not, but it could well be something outside this world causing the strange occasions on the ship.

Below is a horror mystery thriller that follows the crew during World War II, it starts with coincidence going on before it dives into the supernatural, while I liked the early side of the being superstition between the soldiers I found the dive into 100% supernatural really doesn’t help the second half of this film. The jump scares are easily to see coming and while it does end up in a cover up style film I appears to feel very forced.

The cast are solid without being truly stand-out with Matt Davis struggling in the leading man role because he comes off too young for the character in question, Greenwood is great as the captain with McCallany and Williams filling up the main stars with good performances. It is the supporting cast of actors you would know else like Fairbank, Flemyng and an early role from comedian Zach Galifianakis which surprised me the most in this film, not because he is the best or worst thing more that I wouldn’t have pictured him in this style of film.

 

Overall: Tension filled horror playing on wartime experiences.

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Eddie the Eagle (2016)

eddieDirector: Dexter Fletcher

Writer: San Macaulay, Simon Keaton (Screenplay) Simon Kelton (Story)

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Iris Berben, Tim McInnerny, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken

 

Plot: The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Inspirational Feel Good Film

 

Story: Eddie the Eagle starts as we follow Eddie Edwards a man from England who despite his early age disability wants to enter the Olympics. Once he reaches his teens he gets the leg braces removed and start searching for his calling. Eddie (Egerton) finally finds his sport as skier but yet again Dustin Target (McInnerny) kicks him out of the team just before try outs.

Eddie with his never giving up attitude looks into Ski Jumping a sport that Great Britain has no team for Eddie heads off to Germany to train. Getting taunted by all the experienced jumpers it is former American and disgraced jumper Bronson Peary (Jackman) teaches him the ropes.

We watch how Eddie overcomes everything obstacle put in his way to make his Olympic dream a reality.

Eddie the Eagle shows the inspirational story behind the cult hero known as Eddie the Eagle who against all the odds made his way to the Winter Olympics even though he has none of the athletic abilities. The film shows how Eddie Edwards has all the heart and desire to just take part is refreshing because too often it is always about winning this gave us what taking part is really about achieving. We do get what would be called a typical fan supporting favourite even against the best we get to see everything unfold in a way that leaves you feeling good afterwards.

 

Actor Review

 

Taron Egerton: Eddie Edwards is an aspiring Olympian that spends his whole childhood searching for a sport to enter into the Olympics. When he finally finds his calling he takes a chance on Ski jumping a sport that Britain won’t accept anything but competitive. Eddie has to overcome all of the obstacle to get his chance to just enter the Olympics even if he is all about heart and desire over the actual skills. Taron gives us yet another brilliant performance showing yet another skill he has in comedy.eddie chrchter

Hugh Jackman: Bronson Peary is a former ski jumper that has found himself disgraced by the American team years before he just cleans the slopes. He sees the heart on Eddie and reluctant teaches him the next level of the sport being the only person to be honest with him from the start without taking the piss out of him. Hugh is great in this supporting role showing he doesn’t need to be the main attraction in a film.bronson

Iris Berben: Petra runs the ski bar in Germany and offers Eddie a place to stay and a job while he trains. Iris is only really a supporting character but does a great job in this role.

Tim McInnerny: Dustin Target is the Head of the British Olympic Committee that has always put a halt to Eddie’s dream be it as a skier and now a ski jumper. He has to reluctantly let Eddie enter the Winter Olympics and is surprised with the popularity he garners. Tim is good in this role playing the typical stuck up English rule maker.

Support Cast: Eddie the Eagle has a small supporting cast with Eddie’s parents all being the highlight of the supporting cast.

Director Review: Dexter FletcherDexter gives us one of the most feel good films you could see this year and in many years to come.

 

Biographical: Eddie the Eagle shows how hard Eddie worked for this achievement show that he needed to follow his dream.

Comedy: Eddie the Eagle is filled with comedy without being too much over taking the serious side of the story.

Sports: Eddie the Eagle shows the sport that no one wanted to risk entering from Britain, the sport all comes off looking realistic throughout.

Settings: Eddie the Eagle makes each setting feel realistic throughout.

Suggestion: Eddie the Eagle is one that I feel everyone should watch especially if you are British. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Eddie’s heart.

Worst Part: Won’t be for everyone

Funniest Scene: Eddie achieving different heights landing.

 

Believability: Based on the real man.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Could get a few nominations.

Oscar Chances: Could be an outside shot.

Budget: $23 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline: The hysterical true life story of Britain’s most famous ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards and his journey to Olympic fame.

 

Overall: One of the most inspirational and fun movies to watch.

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