GAL APPROVED! Does Rocketman Soar? Just How Scary Can Ma Get? Lifetime’s Black Version of Pride & Prejudice!By Maureen Martin and Delaina Dixon | May 31, 2019 | Gal Approved
WATCH. Octavia Spencer is Ma, a lonely middle-aged woman who befriends and enables some teenagers to drink by purchasing alcohol for them and letting them party in the basement of her home. There are rules (of course!): one of the kids has to stay sober, no cursing and never go upstairs. If that was all it is! Ma’s hospitality is obsessive, which turns into a terrorizing nightmare for the teens. Juliette Lewis plays a protective mom to one of the teens who confronts Ma over her hijinks. Ma’s real name is Sue Ann. She’s a neglectful drug stealing veterinarian’s assistant (to Alison Janey) rocking an ’80s Dorothy Hamill style hair. Through a series of flashbacks, we discover the reason why Sue Ann is desperate to fit in and be liked. She is essentially reliving her high school years on her terms. This movie is not to be taken seriously but it will have you jumping in your seat and cringing for Octavia as she parties hard with the teens. Like all horror films, the friendship “of convenience” leads to some interesting revelations that result in acts of revenge that will have you laughing, screaming and covering your eyes. We loved seeing Octavia’s cherubic face smile as she shoots, slashes and maims!
WATCH TWO. First things first: Rocketman is NOT a biopic. That comes directly from the film’s director Dexter Fletcher himself. The new movie starring Taron Edgerton as Elton John is “a complication of Elton’s memories,” according to Dexter, told in the form of a splashy musical fantasy. We first meet Elton as a child who proves early on that he’s a musical prodigy. We are then led through the most defining moments of Elton’s life: meeting his lifelong songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (he does the lyrics and Elton creates the music); performing for the first time in the USA at the Troubadour; experiencing love and rejection for the first time with his former manager and when it seems that Elton should feel like he’s on top, but he’s actually at the lowest point of his life. Elton’s iconic songs are used to highlight these moments in his life, punctuated by dance numbers and fantasy sequences. And. The. Costumes. They aren’t exact Elton replicas, but over-the-top variations, sheen, sparkle and all. It’s Taron singing in the movie, who shared that Elton told him, “don’t imitate me, do your version on my songs.”
Rocketman is presented in Dolby Stereo, so Paramount Pictures and Dolby have partnered to offer a full array of interactive activities to experience Elton’s world with incredible sound and vivid color at Dolby SoHo. The exhibition is free and open to the public through June 6.
WATCH THREE. Lifetime’s Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta is a contemporary adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of trying to find the right man, which has never gone out of style! It follows Reverend Bennet (Reginald VelJohnson), a pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church and his wife Mrs. Bennet (Jackée Harry), who is the author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband. They have five daughters, Lizzie (Tiffany Hines), Jane (Raney Branch), Mary (Brittney Level), Lydia (Reginae Carter) and Kitty (Alexia Bailey), who are all still single. When the very eligible Will Darcy (Juan Antonio) arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sets her sights on the handsome bachelor for daughter Lizzie, and of course, a comedy of errors ensues. Watch the action unfold in Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
photo credit: Paramount Pictures, Lifetime