Rocketman ★★★½

Look, this deserves evaluation (and a fair amount of praise) on its own merits, and not just in comparison to Bohemian Rhapsody, but I feel like we should at least acknowledge that it contains

1) gay sex, between two men, who are naked, and make out first

2) a star who actually does the singing in the film, because otherwise what is the point of all this

3) a former Game of Thrones actor playing music producer John Reid, but a different one this time

4) an actual effort to make the style and substance of the film reflect and comment on the outsize persona of its iconic subject in ways that are, yes, sometimes trite, but sometimes genuinely interesting

5) a technically 'bad' but in fact magnificently campy performance by Bryce Dallas Howard, who is somehow both badly miscast and perfect

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