ROCKETMAN (Dexter Fletcher, 2019)

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It’s Elton John’s Moulin Rouge where his songs ultimately ended up as love letters to himself. I was completely healed by that Goodbye Yellow Brick Road sequence (thank you Camile Velasco for introducing me to this great song).

This was Taron Egerton’s best performance to date and I literally cried every single time he welled up onscreen. My only problem was that he still looked cute even with that ridiculous-looking wig and receding hairline.

Most Pinoys would probably feel bad that Skyline Pigeon’s not performed here, but I was more disappointed that Daniel only merited one line.

“I just hope you realize you’re choosing a life of being alone forever. You’ll never be loved properly.” Not true, not true at all. I know that every gay kid will soon be singing how wonderful life is (now) you’re in the world.

Rating: ★★★★★

LOVE, ROSIE (Christian Ditter, 2014)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on Love, Rosie:

1. This movie was based on Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, the same author of P.S. I Love You that was also adapted into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. Although completely different in treatment, they now both serve as guilty pleasures.

2. I loved the excessive use of pop songs that highlighted each turning point in the characters’ lives. Elvis Costello’s I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, Lily Allen’s F*ck You (Very Much), KT Tunstall’s Suddenly I See. Heck, even Asereje by Las Ketchup finally meant something. C’mon, I’m sure you still know the dance steps to this one.

3. The movie could be easily faulted as cliched and contrived and these were true to some extent. It was a gorgeously-shot Richard Curtis rom-com with the requisite (predictable) happy ending stinking a mile away.

4. Lily Collins was just too charming here. She anchored the entire film and prevented it from being completely silly even if she was required to run around handcuffed to a bedpost. Or had to spread her legs to find a missing condom.

5. I know the main cast looked really good but a decade supposedly passed and they didn’t seem to have aged a bit. Unless having thicker eyebrows actually meant you were older.

6. Why are some people so stupid to make the biggest mistake of falling in love with their best friend? Haven’t they learned anything from Budjoy?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published January 14, 2015.)