Rocketman, 8.16/10, shows us that the idea of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. Under the feathers and sequins Elton John projected a persona he assumed the world would prefer to see until he lost who he really was.
As Elton Hercules John (played by Taron Egerton) checks into rehab, his life is laid out before us, detailing the events that lead him to this point in his dramatic life. From a young age he was gifted with a natural musical talent that was overlooked by his dismissive parents, sending him on a journey of self reinvention so as to gain the approval of those around him.
Dexter Fletcher’s directorial choice was inventive and creative. The musical set-pieces are often cheesy and over the top, but what else would you expect from the story of national treasure Elton John. Some of the choreography is really well played out, one part in particular that springs to mind is a scene depicting Elton’s drug overdose.
Taron Egerton has captured Elton’s personality brilliantly. His flamboyant energy is mesmerising and the performance got my feet tapping on more than one occasion. Elton John’s tumultuous descent into alcohol and drug addiction wasn’t glamorised or brushed under the carpet in any way and his sexuality was fully embraced, the near total absence of which being my main issue with Bohemian Rhapsody.
The portrayal of Elton’s relationships provoked all the right emotions. You can feel the kinship and brotherhood that came from his connection to Bernie Taupin (played by Jamie Bell). You are drawn into his relationship with his manager John Reid (played by Richard Madden) just like Elton was, but quickly begin to detest the former’s very being. The ensemble are believable and three dimensional, never do they seem like they are mimicking or simply ipersonating their counterparts.
Overall this isn’t a movie for Oscar consideration, nor is it one that jumps into my top films of all time. However it really is bloody enjoyable whilst being educational on some of the lesser known elements in Elton John’s life. I can see this being in the cinemas for a while, so be sure to check out Rocketman for a feel good time.
Entertainment (of its Genre): 9/10
Overall rating….. 8.16/10