‘Rocketman’ Theatrical Review
Elton John, born Reginald Dwight, is the latest superstar to get the biopic treatment. Six months following Bohemian Rhapsody, we get Rocketman. The movie takes the backstory of Elton John to the big screen. With great performances by Taron Egerton (Kingsmen) and Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer), the two-hour movie keeps your feet tapping.
Rocketman feels more like a musical, and with a musical catalog like Elton John’s, it transitions well throughout the story. The highlights within the film, other than the music, are the candid shots of Egerton replaying famous Elton John photos, and Jamie Bell’s portrayal of Bernie Taupin. Bell plays the character with incredible charisma. Egerton’s Elton John was more than believable, but he was overshadowed by Bell anytime they shared a scene.
The only real concern with the film is that Elton John’s story doesn’t have a lot of low points. They did a great job tackling the life of a homosexual musical act during a point in history when that was unacceptable. Elton John’s battle with drug and alcohol use was also a clear plot point of the movie. This, too, was well executed. His music career, however, was not as challenging. This made for a marginally underwhelming experience because his story, while including trauma, isn’t comparable to that of Freddy Mercury, Johnny Cash, or Ray Charles.
All of this aside, Rocketman is a fantastic movie. The costumes are amazing, the remixed musical numbers are great, and the characters are plenty believable. There are several heavy adult topics and steamy scenes; along with significant adult language at times, so this is probably not a movie for your kids. It is better if you give them his music instead.
Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments!
Worth A Look
An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.