In The 1970’s, singer/pianist Elton John became a household name for his rock music. Notable hits including “Bennie And The Jets,” “Crocodile Rock” “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Tiny Dancer” & “Rocketman.” Elton earned numerous awards ranging from Grammys to an Oscar for his contribution to “The Lion King.” His legacy continues to inspire musicians like Axel Rose and Lady Gaga. Let’s not forget his flamboyant costumes reflecting his personality. Despite a successful career, Elton has gone through a lot in his life, he had a troubled childhood, fitting in as a gay man, struggling with drug addiction. He managed to overcome his flaws. He also founded a non-profit organization to raise AIDS Awareness.
As of 2019, Elton is currently performing his final tour known as, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” His last hurrah will end on December 17, 2020. A biographical film based on Elton’s life was in the works since The 2000’s. The project was in Development Hell as Elton was trying to secure an R-rating. In 2013, Tom Hardy was chosen to portray Elton, four years later, he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with “Venom.” A year later, Taron Egerton (The Kingsman film series) was handpicked by Elton since they worked together in the first Kingsman film. Dexter Fletcher (Bohemian Rhapsody) signed on to direct the film titled, “Rocketman.”
Rocketman came out the same day as “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.” The former earned positive reception from critics and movie goers alike. In addition to good reviews, it managed to make enough money at the box office.
Today’s review doesn’t contain no SPOILERS. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Positive & Negative Aspects
Positive: Taron Egerton did an amazing job for his performance as Elton John. He studied Elton’s mannerisms and flamboyant personality. Taron deserves Bonus Points for doing his own singing.
Fun Fact: Before Taron Egerton was handpicked by Elton John, James McAvoy & Daniel Radcliffe we’re potential candidates for the role of the rock legend.
Elton John himself, served as a producer to make sure his life story remains intact.
Other Cast Members such as Richard Madden, Jamie Bell & Bryce Dallas Howard all did a great job for their respective performances.
Dexter Fletcher did a great job directing the biopic musical. He has experience directing Bohemian Rhapsody.
Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, The Kingsman film series) co-produced the film.
Chemistry between Elton & his best friend, Bernie Taupin felt organic.
Cinematography never suffered from a horrible case of Shaky Cam.
The film focuses on Elton’s childhood, early career, struggling with addiction and personal life all wrapped together. Every single aspect of his life was perfectly executed.
Special Effects felt gorgeous. They didn’t seem fake at all.
Costumes were designed to reflect Elton’s flamboyant personality.
Elton has an actual birth name. Elton John is actually his stage name.
Elton’s songs are used in selective scenes making each one look like a music video. Not the cheesy kind from MTV’s golden years. It’s not a standard biopic, it’s more of a musical. Thank goodness it wasn’t Gnomeo & Juliet all over again.
Negative: To be honest, I couldn’t find no problems with this movie. It deserves an Extra Point lacking specific flaws.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Rocketman is a sleeper hit as one of the best movies of 2019 so far. A movie of the year contender next to “Avengers: Endgame” and “Joker.” Taron Egerton did an amazing job for his performance. Elton John’s backstory was interesting, didn’t feel like a drab. If you’re interested in watching Rocketman, go ahead and give it a watch. To spice things up a notch, how about attending Elton’s farewell tour? If so, better make it fast!