Movies: Rocketman, Aladdin, John Wick: Chapter 3, Parabellum

Rocketman

We saw this film this last week in Dublin, Ireland in a massive multiplex days before it opened in the US. We were surprised and impressed with the venue, the film, its life long story about Sir Elton John.

And what a life it has been for this pop star who evolved from simple beginnings to become a global icon.

The production features 22 songs and a healthy dose of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll! It’s rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content. We do not recommend viewing for young children.

It’s listed as a drama with a run time of 121 minutes.

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Rocketman (2019)

Release Date: May 22, 2019
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
Genres: Music, Drama
Runtime: 121 min
Original Title: Rocketman
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Rocket Pictures, Marv Films, Paramount
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Cast Rocketman

  • Taron Egerton
  • Role: Elton John
  • Jamie Bell
  • Role: Bernie Taupin
  • Richard Madden
  • Role: John Reid
  • Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Role: Sheila
  • Gemma Jones
  • Role: Ivy
  • Steven Mackintosh
  • Role: Stanley
  • Tom Bennett
  • Role: Fred
  • Matthew Illesley
  • Role: Young Reggie
  • Kit Connor
  • Role: Older Reggie
  • Charlie Rowe
  • Role: Ray Williams
  • Stephen Graham
  • Role: Dick James
  • Tate Donovan
  • Role: Doug Weston
  • Harriet Walter
  • Role: Helen Piena
  • Jason Pennycooke
  • Role: Wilson
  • Ophelia Lovibond
  • Role: Arabella
  • Jimmy Vee
  • Role: Arthur
  • Celinde Schoenmaker
  • Role: Renate Blauel
  • Rachel Muldoon
  • Role: Kiki Dee
  • Sharon D. Clarke
  • Role: AA Counsellor
  • Evan Walsh
  • Role: Elton Dean
  • Peter O'Hanlon
  • Role: Bobby
  • Ross Farrelly
  • Role: Cyril
  • Sharmina Harrower
  • Role: Heather
  • Aston McAuley
  • Role: Dave Godin
  • Alexia Khadime
  • Role: Diana
  • Carl Spencer
  • Role: Richard
  • Leon Delroy Williams
  • Role: Clint
  • David Doyle
  • Role: Pub Man
  • Dickon Tolson
  • Role: Barman
  • Leigh Francis
  • Role: Pete
  • Graham Fletcher-Cook
  • Role: Maître D'
  • Sian Crisp
  • Role: Waitress
  • Guillermo Bedward
  • Role: Geoff
  • Max Mackintosh
  • Role: Stephen
  • Charles Armstrong
  • Role: Mr Anderson
  • Barbara Drennan
  • Role: Mrs Anderson
  • Leon Cooke
  • Role: Hugh
  • Micah Holmes
  • Role: LA Transgender Maid
  • Diana Alexandra Pocol
  • Role: Mary the Receptionist

Crew Rocketman

  • Lee Hall
  • Writer
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Director
  • David Furnish
  • Producer
  • Lawrence Bender
  • Producer
  • Steve Hamilton Shaw
  • Producer
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • Producer
  • Elton John
  • Executive Producer
  • George Richmond
  • Cinematography
  • Matthew Margeson
  • Music
  • David Appleby
  • Still Photographer
  • Chris Dickens
  • Editor


Aladdin

This latest Disney production is a live action remake of the original classic. Now we were immediately thinking what you may be thinking…tinkering with a global classic!?…Not a good idea!

Agreed…unless the new version upgrades all the qualities of the original. This one does just that! Upgrade the vocals, check! Upgrade the messages, check! Add some surprises, check! Reinvent the Genie roll, Will Smith delivers that and then some.

All said, this film is near perfect, but in fairness, falls a bit short. It’s rated PG for some action/peril. Younger viewers might need some explanation about some scenes.

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Aladdin (2019)

Release Date: May 22, 2019
Starring: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Family
Runtime: 128 min
Original Title: Aladdin
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Lin Pictures, Rideback, Marc Platt Productions, Hurwitz Creative
A kindhearted street urchin named Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie while a power-hungry Grand Vizier vies for the same lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Cast Aladdin

  • Mena Massoud
  • Role: Aladdin
  • Naomi Scott
  • Role: Jasmine
  • Will Smith
  • Role: Genie
  • Marwan Kenzari
  • Role: Jafar
  • Navid Negahban
  • Role: The Sultan
  • Nasim Pedrad
  • Role: Dalia
  • Billy Magnussen
  • Role: Prince Anders
  • Numan Acar
  • Role: Hakim
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Role: Iago (voice)
  • Frank Welker
  • Role: Abu / The Cave of Wonders (voice)
  • Robby Haynes
  • Role: Razoul
  • Nina Wadia
  • Role: Zulla
  • Jordan A. Nash
  • Role: Omar
  • Taliyah Blair
  • Role: Lian
  • Aubrey Lin
  • Role: Omi
  • Amir Boutrous
  • Role: Jamal
  • Buckso Dhillon-Woolley
  • Role: Matron
  • Omar Abidi
  • Role: Chubby Aladdin
  • Stefan Kalipha
  • Role: Imam

Crew Aladdin

  • Guy Ritchie
  • Director
  • John August
  • Screenplay
  • Guy Ritchie
  • Screenplay
  • Mark Holt
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Alan Menken
  • Original Music Composer
  • Mark Mostyn
  • Co-Producer
  • Jo Wallett
  • Production Supervisor
  • Dan Lin
  • Producer
  • Kevin De La Noy
  • Executive Producer
  • Jonathan Eirich
  • Producer
  • Max Keene
  • Co-Producer
  • Mark Mostyn
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Tess Joseph
  • Casting
  • Lucinda Syson
  • Casting
  • James Herbert
  • Editor
  • Max Keene
  • First Assistant Director
  • Michael Wilkinson
  • Costume Design
  • Alan Stewart
  • Director of Photography
  • Chris Upson
  • Visual Effects
  • Chas Jarrett
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Gemma Jackson
  • Production Design
  • Ravi Bansal
  • Art Direction
  • Renate Nicolaisen
  • Art Direction
  • Peter Russell
  • Art Direction
  • Steve Summersgill
  • Art Direction
  • Loic Zimmermann
  • Art Direction
  • Tina Jones
  • Set Decoration
  • Claire Nia Richards
  • Set Decoration
  • Luke Townshend
  • Set Decoration

John Wick: Chapter 3, Parabellum

This ultra violent film is the third in a series of the “super assassin” John Wicks. After making an “unauthorized kill” Wicks is on the run from an international assassin’s guild.

The entire story is a sick look at extreme violence, endless fighting and debauchery, some of it ridiculous, perhaps intended to add levity to the absurd story line.

The film is rated R for pervasive strong violence along with some language. We cannot recommend this film for children (or anyone for that matter).

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Release Date: May 15, 2019
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne
Genres: Crime, Action, Thriller
Runtime: 131 min
Original Title: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment, Thunder Road Pictures, 87Eleven Productions
Super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Cast John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

  • Keanu Reeves
  • Role: John Wick
  • Halle Berry
  • Role: Sofia
  • Ian McShane
  • Role: Winston
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Role: The Bowery King
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Role: The Director
  • Saïd Taghmaoui
  • Role: The Elder
  • Mark Dacascos
  • Role: Zero
  • Lance Reddick
  • Role: Charon
  • Jerome Flynn
  • Role: Berrada
  • Asia Kate Dillon
  • Role: The Adjudicator
  • Jason Mantzoukas
  • Role: Tick Tock Man
  • Boban Marjanović
  • Role: Ernest
  • Robin Lord Taylor
  • Role: The Administrator
  • Cecep Arif Rahman
  • Role: Shinobi 1
  • Yayan Ruhian
  • Role: Shinobi 2
  • Arjon Bashiri
  • Role: Assassin
  • Faith Logan
  • Role: Girl in Park
  • Susan Blommaert
  • Role: Librarian
  • Randall Duk Kim
  • Role: Doctor
  • Margaret Daly
  • Role: Operator
  • Unity Phelan
  • Role: Ballerina
  • Andrea Sooch
  • Role: Ticket Taker
  • Sergio Delavicci
  • Role: Ruska Roma
  • Tiler Peck
  • Role: Ballet Choreographer
  • Tiger Hu Chen
  • Role: Triad

Crew John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

  • Chad Stahelski
  • Director
  • Derek Kolstad
  • Writer
  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Producer
  • Dan Laustsen
  • Cinematography
  • Tyler Bates
  • Original Music Composer
  • Joel J. Richard
  • Original Music Composer
  • Erica Lee
  • Producer
  • Derek Kolstad
  • Characters
  • Evan Schiff
  • Editor
  • Mary Vernieu
  • Casting
  • Salah Benchegra
  • Casting
  • Marisol Roncali
  • Casting
  • Kevin Kavanaugh
  • Production Design
  • Chris Shriver
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Luca Mosca
  • Costume Design
  • David Schlesinger
  • Set Decoration
  • Letizia Santucci
  • Set Decoration
  • Ian Bailie
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Teddy Setiawan
  • Art Direction
  • Shay Hatten
  • Writer
  • Marc Abrams
  • Screenplay
  • Chris Collins
  • Screenplay
  • David Leitch
  • Executive Producer

2 thoughts on “Movies: Rocketman, Aladdin, John Wick: Chapter 3, Parabellum”

  1. We are going to the company today to see Aladdin. Good to hear Will Smith does a different version of the animated Genie. Hard to forget Robin Williams inbthat role and a risky part to take.

  2. Will go to see Rocketman, which is playing around here, but will pass on the other two.

    Welcome home!!

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