A fantastical imagining of Elton John’s early life from his early days of being a piano genius to when he became sober. This biopic acts like a musical, using songs to have the audience fully engage with the characters and storyline. This isn’t just a movie it’s an experience like no other! As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 89%, Metacritic was at 69% and IMDB was at 77%.
Taron Egerton sings the songs himself and does so beautifully. He completely transforms and makes you think that Elton himself is on the screen. His co-stars include Robb Stark(Richard Madden) with a beautiful irish accent and a mean backhand; Billy Elliot(Jamie Bell) all grown up and continuing his strong adult career; and Bryce Dallas Howard who plays mean mom too well.
The story is told through Elton’s memories as he works through his issues in a group therapy session at rehab. Besides the jumping back and forth to the rehab room the story is told in a linear fashion and makes it very easy and enjoyable to follow along. The story is told through both speech and song showing Elton’s journey to desperately find love and acceptance.
So much glitter! The costumes, the colours, and the sets provide the audience with an irresistible energy. The music! I was unaware just how many great songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin have come up with over the years.The scene transitions were wonderful. The director made it seem like most scenes were done in one shot.
It was a little too long but most movies are now a days. I don’t want to look at my watch during a movie, that’s just a bad sign.
Why we should watch or not watch it:
Yes you should watch this movie! And then you need to go get all Elton’s music and have a dance party!
There will be lots of comparing to Bohemian Rhapsody, especially with having the same director and both being musical biopics and in some ways that’s totally justified. Both movies have you singing along and totally engaged in these artists stories but they have a much different feel to them. Rocketman is much brighter, despite serious subjects being shown, you are still smiling.