Hello, everyone! Happy Father’s Day! Today, I’ll be talking about Rocketman, the biopic of Elton John’s early life and career, starring the fantastic Taron Egerton in the title role. I wrote a review on the trailer for this movie a few months back (see former post for details) and I knew that I would love this movie. And I did! However, there were some things that were unexpected. Let’s get into it!
First off, I have to start out by singing the praises (haha…get it?) of the actors in this movie. Taron is not only a clearly gifted actor, he can sing his lungs out! Elton John music is by no means easy to sing, and he made it look easy. Taron was able to put Elton’s personality into the songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote and tell new stories with lyrics that fans have heard for decades. Richard Madden was deliciously evil (and handsome) as Elton’s former lover and manager, John Reed. And props to him for singing a bit too! Jamie Bell also did a wonderful job as Bernie Taupin, Elton’s best friend and lyricist for his entire career. The surprise performance of the movie were from the two child actors playing Elton in his childhood and pre-teen years as well as Bryce Dallas Howard, who played Elton’s mother. Both children were incredibly talented with good voices and Bryce’s performance was simultaneously emotional and cold-hearted.
There were a few things, however, that I was confused by in this movie. While I understood the fantasy elements of the movie, which were spectacularly directed and choreographed, I feel as though some of them deterred from the story. They were fun ones to watch that got people in the audience singing, like with Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting and Honky Cat. With Rocketman itself, I felt as though it took away from that pivotal moment in the movie and in Elton’s life and career. Additionally, the movie cuts off in an odd place, which is right as Elton is leaving rehab. There was no mention of his charity work, his current husband, or his children in the film itself. It was instead included in a few slides at the end of the film. I’m curious as to why these moments weren’t focused on more, but it could be as simple as that’s where Elton wanted that part of the story to end. Maybe after he got sober he got the life he always fantasized about.
Did any of you see the movie and have other things to point out? Comment below! Between you, me, and the ghostlight, I’ll give this one a solid 8/10 for killer music, amazing acting, and a wardrobe to die for. Until next time!