Feature Name: Rocketman
Directed By: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Charlie Rowe
Run Time: 121 Minutes
Rocketman is the biographical musical biopic of English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer Reginald Kenneth Dwight aka Sir Elton Hercules John. The film beautifully captures the ups and downs of the shy, gay man in ’70s England who remade himself as a rock ‘n’ roll superstar.
Instead of concentrating on the formative days of Reginald the film captures key moments in his transformation in becoming Sir Elton John – including his not so happy childhood, meeting life-long songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (Jaime Bell), his suicide attempt and more.
The film begins in the 90s with Elton John admitting himself in rehab and telling his story in flashbacks and songs. The musical scenes bring the movie to life – in a bigger, grander and flashier fashion as expected from someone like John. The songs make the narrative better than any dialogue. Taupin’s lyrics being used as dialogue gives the film more feels.
The film is not all unicorns and rainbows but shows how his relationship with his distant parents became an inspiration for his creative drive and self-destructive habits, his tendency to compensate emptiness, fears and doubts with drugs and alcohol and the pressure of his increasing fame. Most importantly, it focused on how him being a gay effected his life.
The costumes used in the film are elaborate and in sync with what Elton wore in real life. His glares collection will make you want to get it yourself.
You know his life but watch it for the beautiful way it has been told here. And the songs, costumes and glares.
We give it 3.5 stars