For the Festival de Cannes 2019, BLINKCO Magazine is pleased to introduce Lara Gaillard, special correspondent in France for the coverage of the events surrounding the film festival.
My day started well since I had the chance to discover Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman, a biopic based on the life of Sir Elton John. Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle) does a brilliant job embodying the traits of the artist, declaring himself that it was his source of pride, and that it was the most important role of his career so far. On top of his spot-on interpretation of Elton John, Egerton also shows off his talents as a singer, only a few years after his debut in the animated-musical film Sing (2016) where he interpreted I’m Still Standing, also a song by none other than Elton John. I felt that the story was written specifically with Egerton in mind to play the British singer. And deservedly so, he now shines in Cannes next to the cast and crew of the film, and of course, Elton John himself!
The day ended at the Red Steps and the screening of two episodes of the new series by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon), Too Old To Die Young. With this special screening, we rediscover the dark and singular world of the Danish director. Between violence, religion and sex – recurrent themes when it comes to the universe of Winding Refn – we follow the adventures of Martin Jones (Miles Teller), a law enforcement agent masquerading as an assassin to take down heinous criminals. Too Old to Die Young is a rather silent work that does not fail to captivate us in this dismal but addictive world. Cliff Martinez’s experimental score matches well with the impeccably contrasted usage of neon lights, setting the tone for a marvellous sensorial treat.
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