It was my pleasure to be on assignment for Scenestr magazine again to attend a preview screening of Rocketman on a Saturday evening up at the top of the Myer Centre in town. Karen and I both came from other work with Karen doing well to make it before the screening began.

Rocketman is an interesting film for me, there were some moments that dragged on and felt weren’t not very well thought out. Then there were others that were… well just sublime. The emotional through line of the story is well served, a little boy growing up and feeling unloved and how that led to the addictions that almost killed the man.

It is not a perfect film far from it but it is the kind of film that makes me excited to have others watch it and tell me what they think. Because some things are done so well. I will be interested to hear your thoughts, for mine you can read the review here

Produced by Eyeball Media Enterprises Scenestr is an online national magazine with local offices around Australia. Having started in 1993 they’ve excelled at moving into the digital realm but they remain at heart from the streets. They still publish magazines in print for Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland every month.

-Lloyd Marken


  1. I enjoyed your review, Lloyd. Looks like you and Karen had a fun time too. But to me the film is strange, as EJ is still very much alive. I hope they make one when he is dead, and tell more ‘truth’ perhaps. Trouble is, I will probably be dead before Elton! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I think this has worked out quite well for him, a film for his kids about his life, lots of press about what’s he’s got going on now. I don’t think you have to wait to do to have your story told but it does inform things. Apparently he was very uninvolved past pre-production and don’t forget he and Furnish have been unafraid to show the truth warts and all with Tantrums and Tiaras. I will be interested to hear what you think, there is some really great scenes in it and I think some of the arrangements are quite good hence why I put Yellow Brick Road from the soundtrack in this post. Have you ever seen him live Pete?

      1. No, I find him too creepy to watch. But I love some of his songs, especially Border Song, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, and Bennie And The Jets. I just don’t want to see him signing them! 🙂

      1. Well he kinda. Long story. I’ve heard director Dexter Fletcher has someone else in his sights. I suppose Roy Orbinson is off the radar. I find the docos much better to watch. Ray and Walk The Line are pretty good.

      2. I’m very interested because Richard Curtis writes and produces and I’m a big fan of him. Boyle is a great director too so we’ll see. FYI who else loves Ed Sheeran? I love Castle On The Hill.

    1. Well it is and it isn’t. It’s a musical biopic. 🙂 I enjoyed it too, I think the biopic is pretty strong and some of the musical bits pointless and some of them brilliant. The guts of the film is in Pinner with “I Want Love” and the best scene is the Rocketman one. I will be very excited to hear what you think. As for general audiences I think it won’t come close to Bohemiam Rhapsodys gross, a more conventional film and dare I say a better one. Yet when this film gets it right it creates scenes that might be remembered for years.

    2. ‘Yesterday’ is a fun idea. A time when nobody has ever heard of The Beatles, and a young man steals their songs. Filmed in part not far from me too. 🙂
      I wouldn’t rush to see it, but would watch it on TV.

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