Hello again, blog lovers! Happy Friday to you all! After the success of Bohemian Rhapsody (Yay Rami Malek!), it’s no surprise that another 70s British rock icon is getting a film of his own. Rocketman is the story of Elton John’s rise to fame, along with some fantastical elements. Elton is played by Taron Egerton, who first met Elton John in his highly successful Kingsman series. Not only is Taron playing the Rocketman, but he’s also doing all of the singing and a bit of piano playing as well! But now, let’s get into the nitty gritty let’s look at the trailer itself.
First of all, let me just say- costumes. Costumes. COSTUMES. Whoever is the costume designer on this is getting the 2020 Oscar, I’m calling it now! Every single classic Elton John look is in this movie. And, shockingly, Taron rocks it! Looks like that are already hard to pull off, but Taron’s confidence really shines through.
As someone who’s been singing for most of my life, singing live is difficult to do, especially when it comes to songs everybody knows. I can only IMAGINE Taron’s trepidation at recreating songs from one of the most famous musicians in the world, especially since Elton John is a producer on the movie. The thing that I like the most about Taron’s work is that he doesn’t try to do an Elton John “impression” with his singing. It’s his own voice which, granted, doesn’t sound exactly like Elton John. But he’s a very talented singer and the personality of the character comes through, which is the most important.
Something that I didn’t originally expect was the fantastical elements of the movie. There are a few dance numbers and moments of metaphorically winking at the camera. The bits of him as a little boy are very sweet, and I think the full scene will play well. When I first heard there were fantasy elements in the movie, I was skeptical. However, once I saw it, I couldn’t imagine the movie being any other way. Especially since Elton himself has a big hand in the film, I can see why he would want this type of element in the film. It adds a bit of fun to the movie and a whimsical note that Elton is famous for.
The movie drops on May 31st, but, between you, me, and the ghostlight, I’ll be listening to Tiny Dancer on repeat for the next 2 months. Until next time, blog lovers!