Skip to main content

Taron Egerton Is Playing Elton John In Biopic 'Rocketman'

Movie Review: #ElectricSlide

Electric Slide aims for Bonnie and Clyde but fails miserably short. The rehashed story never quite gets off the ground, with little tension, it's not only tiresome, but uninteresting.

Jim Sturgess plays Eddie Dodson, a Melrose Avenue antiques dealer who decided to become a bank robber. Dodson drove to the banks in a black '63 Ford Galaxy LTD. He dressed up like an elegant criminal. He made mix tapes to listen to on his getaways. And in only nine months, Eddie robbed 64 banks - more than anyone has robbed before or since. Taking its aesthetic cues from Eddie Dodson and the unique moment he occupied in L.A.'s counter cultural history, director Tristan Patterson has forgone the style of straight‐ahead biopics to create a New Wave dream of a romantic outlaw seeking self‐reinvention and immortality in paradise.



While Dodson is meant to be a charismatic, and sexy, he emulates creepy more efficiently. There is nothing attractive or compelling about his “give it to me” delivery, or his awkward bumbling mannerisms. How he charms any of the tellers is an utter mystery.

Vinessa Shaw, Chloë Sevigny, and Patricia Arquette are utterly wasted in nothing parts. Not only do their characters have nothing of interest to do, had their scenes been cut, it wouldn't have made much difference to the boring flick.

Isabel Lucas plays the waifish love interest, that I'm still scratching my head to find her appeal. From her awful bleached hair to her lethargic performance, her character's sole purpose seems to be to suggest that Dodson an even worse decision than the ones he's chosen to make on his own.


While the energy of the 80's radiates through the film, and should make it an instant classic, the meaninglessness of it all steals what little magic the music manages to muster up. What should have been a high octane telling of a high rolling life, coming crashing down as the loan sharks and police close in became a slow rolling whimper as a string of bank heists are committed.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook and make sure to follow us at @SandwichJFilms on Twitter, and follow the author Sue Lukenbaugh on Twitter at @suepafly.

Please Leave A Comment-

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Taron Egerton Is Playing Elton John In Biopic 'Rocketman'

Regular listeners to the Empire Podcast (sorry about the whole Call Me By Your Name theme ear worm, incidentally) will recall that we had Taron Egerton as a guest on the 300th episode, recorded in front of an audience on Valentine's Day. He talked up his hope that Elton John biopic Rocketman would finally come together, and now Paramount is closing a deal to finance and distribute the film worldwide.

The film, which has been through at least one previous incarnation (Michael Gracey directing Tom Hardy in the lead) is reuniting the Eddie The Eagle team of Egerton, director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn, who has been trying to get the movie made for a while, with Elton's blessing and the support of his company, Rocket Pictures.

Featuring a script by Lee Hall, Rocketman will follow the career of the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight, from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership w…

New #DISOBEDIENCE Clip Featuring Rachel Weisz & Rachel McAdams

Disobedience follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.



Discuss this with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms Please Leave A Comment-

ISLE OF DOGS & Wes Anderson Launch CrowdRise Campaign To Benefit @bestfriends

Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters, simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing. They believe that by working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All by 2025.



6 people will win the full set of 6 figures
These sets are 6 of only 100 ever made
They will NOT be sold in any stores
These figures were designed and hand finished in London by the same puppet makers who created the puppets for the film
Each set comes with 5 dogs and Atari
This is your chance to own a piece of Wes Anderson and "Isle of Dogs" history

Every $10 is a chance to win, so $50 = 5 entries

Click Here for the official CrowdRise page.

No purchase or donation necessary to enter or win

Discuss this with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms

Plea…