Tom Lanham
September 26, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Big Picture

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Kevin Bacon, Christopher Guest, Jennifer Jason Leigh
author
Douglas Kennedy
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C

It was easily one of the most touching moments in recent musical memory — Elton John pouring his broken heart into a gorgeously rewritten ”Candle in the Wind” at Princess Diana’s funeral. Sad to say, that profound inspiration doesn’t carry over to his latest, which — unlike The Big Picture‘s predecessor, Made in England — plods through painfully flowered ballads until all color and fragrance are lost. Only a couple of cuts bloom anywhere close to ”Candle.” Maybe Elton, grief lifted, will find that happiness next time around. C

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