Rocketman (2019)

Taron Egerton has a difficult task, to capture both the trauma and talent of Elton John. He does so very well, keeping his own but depicting what we think Elton would be like in his real personal life.

We are given insights in his life changing events, using music and slow-mo which actually leave a mark, etching it in your memory. The supporting cast is perfect, notably Richard Madden as John Reid, Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin and Bryce Dallas Howard as his mother Sheila Eileen.

The film is engaging and treads the tricky road between emotional ruin and musical genius with great precision. It speaks of the anguish of wanting to be loved and accepted, and losing yourself in addiction as a result of failing to do so. A carnival of feelings, music and costumes!

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom (2018)

It’s tricky to make the 2nd instalment for a Trilogy, without it seeming like a bridge. This film, though relying vaguely on the back story of Jurassic World, stands confidently on its own while engaging the audience.

It’s a step forward in the area of genetic engineering, and sets up a simplistic plot to get the dinosaurs off the island. What ensues is some nurturing, some comedy, and some dare-devil acts never attempted before.

The result? Some decent twists and turns while keeping the human quotient intact. We feel for the survival and extinction of the species in an empathetic light.

3/5