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Review round-up: Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ blasts off to a rousing reception at Cannes film festival

Review round-up: Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ blasts off to a rousing reception at Cannes film festival

If ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ were the cheeseburger of music icon biopics, then ‘Rocketman’ is the sirloin steak – with lobster on the side.” – Dan Wooton, The Sun

Judging from the dazzling reception from the notoriously tough crowd that attends the Cannes International Film Festival, the first true Oscar-worthy film of 2019 has landed. “Rocketman,” the tune-filled Elton John biopic with fantastical touches received a boisterous 4-minute standing ovation after having its world premiere out of competition on the French Rivera.

Given that it is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who also took over the reins of last year’s musical ode to another British pop superstar and gay icon Freddie Mercury, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” after original helmer Bryan Singer was fired, the critics couldn’t help but compare the two. And, as the quote above suggests, “Rocketman” is a far superior cut of meaty truth-based cinema that currently has a 94% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score.

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