Rocketman: Movie Review



Rocketman promises a ‘Wild Ride’ with Taron Edgerton’s Elton John.


Dexter Fletcher is making a name for himself as the go-to guy for biopics about famous musicians. Hot off the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody’s huge success, a movie he overtook directing duties and saved after original director Bryan Singer failed to turn up to work, the stage is set for Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John pic to enrapture audiences. Fortunately, though, he is calling the shots on Rocketman and he can lay claim to the upcoming Elton John biopic as his own.

Rocketman has been in the works for some time, with Elton’s life and music seemingly ripe for the big screen treatment. Tom Hardy was attached at one point before Kingsman start Taron Egerton went on to land the lead role.

Rocketman stars Taron Egerton as the man of the hour - Elton John. While the film incorporates Elton John’s biggest hits, Rocketman differs from the Freddie Mercury film in a few key ways. Firstly, it’s not your standard biopic movie. Rocketman is a full-on all-singing all-dancing musical. Secondly, its lead star Taron Egerton sings all the songs, rather than lip-syncing to the original recordings. With Taron’s convincing and incredible voice talent, he can easily belt out Elton John’s hits for the big screen. It definitely is a more interesting movie than Bohemian Rhapsody and most other biopics for that matter.

The film co-stars Jamie Bell as lyricist writing partner Bernie Taupin, and Game of Thrones and Bodyguard actor Richard Madden plays John Reid, the former lover and manager of Elton. “It’s like Moulin Rouge! On acid about Elton John,” says Madden.

Rocketman is not a tame retelling of Elton John’s career, either. The film chronicles the ups and downs of Elton John’s illustrious career as he rose to fame and stardom during the 1970s. Producer Matthew Vaughn even revealed that Sir Elton himself gave his blessing for the film to reveal his worst moments. “Tell it all. Go as R-rated as you need to.” - with his blessing, the flaw and the genius are all incorporated in this wondrous movie.

Still, this isn’t a conventional biopic. Rocketman indulges into same fantastical stylistic flourishes that make it one wild ride, which makes it the most intriguing of all. Rocketman delivers to be based on a true fantasy after all. It’s filled with trippy abstract sequences and musical number, yet managed to be interspersed with real drama in between.

Rocketman is a fantasy musical - using Elton John’s songs to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. It’s basically an alive biopic filled with musical-style moments and routines, fantasy, and fun - such a roller coaster ride!

It’s a musical about the most unpredictable and extraordinary personality in the music industry over the last 50 years. Rocketman is screaming out as a fantasy, not just be a biopic. And Elton - he smacks of fantasy and largesse. He’s larger than life. Rocketman is definitely not an ordinary biopic about a famous person.


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