First screened in June 2019
Director: Dexter Fletcher. Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Stephen Mackintosh, Matthew Illesley, Kit Connor, Charlie Rowe, Peter O'Hanlon, Tom Bennett, Tate Donovan, Stephen Graham, Harriet Walter, Ophelia Lovibond, Celinde Schoenmaker. Screenplay: Lee Hall.

Twitter Capsule: A colorful and energetic diversion but firmly mediocre as cinema or storytelling. Interesting nuances vanish in bombast.

Second Capsule: Rocketman's photography and sound mix are often in a shocking state. I often wondered if the intensely synthetic look was a nod to artifice.

VOR:   I appreciate Rocketman's fantastical deviations from the most rudimentary biopic boilerplates, but they're inconsistent and hardly predominant.

Photo © 2019 Paramount Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Original Song: "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again"

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Taron Egerton
Best Original Song: "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again"

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