Ever since the release of the Oscar winner “La La Land”, there has been somewhat of a resurgence in musical films in the last couple years. This is what usually happens in Hollywood, once something is acclaimed and successful studios will want to capitalize on the trend.
Also a little film that came out last year, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, also started a trend with films based on popular musicians. Now what if you took both trends and mashed them together, you would probably get something like “Rocketman”.
"Rocketman", starring Taron Egerton as famed pianist and musician,
Elton John grossed $101,614,772 worldwide since its May 31 release.
The film tells the story of musician Elton John, who started as a talented piano player as a kid and became one of the most popular artists of his generation.
He then also has to deal with being gay and also struggling with drug addiction. However, before people immediately start comparing it to “Bohemian Rhapsody”, this is told in a more fantastical approach with it being a musical biopic.
The film is even directed by Dexter Fletcher, who did the reshoots on “Bohemian” after director Bryan Singer was fired in 2017. Unlike the previous film, “Rocketman” is an “R Rated” look at a musical biopic and is much ambitious as a musical and less of a safer approach to the average biopic.
This is mostly due to the brilliant performances lead by Taron Edgerton who portrays John beautifully and also sang all of the music and while he doesn’t sound exactly like Elton John, he still has a great voice and makes it his own.
Jaimie Bell who plays Bernie, Elton’s songwriter and best friend, also does a very good job and brings a lot of heart to the film.
The direction and editing is also well done with it being fast paced without being jarring (much better than “Bohemian Rhapsody” if you’re asking me). The costume design is also really good and of course the music is great.
especially if you’re a fan of Elton John like myself. Also Bryce Dallas Howard also does a really good job as Elton’s mother.
If I had to get into my negatives, it does fall into a lot of similar cliches like the “rockstar getting addicted to drugs and becoming a jerk and losing himself as a person”, but I don’t fault it that much since John did suffer with drug abuse for many years in real life.
And while the movie is only a quick two hours it does start to drag a bit in the second act but luckily it does get back to its feet again pretty soon after.
Honestly, I really don’t have many flaws with the film. This film is just so delightful and well done and is a big surprise with all the big event summer films.
It always nice to see film that is more contained than a lot of films that come out nowadays and tells a personal story while also presenting in a very unique way.
The film is well acted, wonderfully directed, and very fun and interesting that you can’t help but get invested in the whole world that is presented. I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 stars.