Rocketman Film Review (2019)

So I just got back from seeing Rocketman…

Rocketman tells the life story of singer-songwriter Elton John. From his beginnings in England and his rising stardom, to his addiction issues and tumultuous relationships, to the moment he decided to get clean and reconcile with his long time friend and lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Once again I see a film that handles its subject matter more honestly than Bohemian Rhapsody (which I’m officially bumping down to a 6, maybe a 6.5, to make things right), but unlike The Dirt, Rocketman is better executed and incredibly creative. A hell of a musical.

Good script, good characters and performances (Taron Edgerton is amazing as Elton, and Richard Madden is scummy and villainous as John Reid), great cinematography and editing, amazing choreography, great soundtrack (It’s Elton John, you can’t really go wrong), etc.

While the script isn’t anything super special, though it is solid, the lavish set pieces and amazing musical numbers enhance everything about the story. It captures, in essence, what Elton is all about. Excess, grandeur, and all the pomp and circumstance money can buy. He is larger than life and the film shows that really well.

Though one moment in the film really irked me, and that’s when they used Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (one of my favourite songs) as the song Bernie sings when they have a major falling out. Sure, I get why its used thematically, but that’s not what the song is about…people have said that’s what it’s about, but it really isn’t. All this part of the movie did was just give credence to something really dumb. They should have used a different song.

Overall, this is a really good movie. Nothing spectacular or anything, but a damn good time and great tribute to a brilliant performer. Recommended, especially for Elton fans.

8 out of 10

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