Review: Rocketman is a British musical drama about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. It follows his journey from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Actors: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Bennett, Matthew Illesley, Kit Connor, Charlie Rowe and Tate Donovan
Genre: Biography, Drama and Music
A fantastic film, loved it to bits. I have always enjoyed listening to Elton John’s music but have to say that I never really knew who he was or ever really understood where he came from. I know I could say that it was a bit before my time. What I found most interesting is the story between Elton John and his lyricist writer Bernie Taupin and how they became life long friends. They actually needed one another. I think Dexter Fletcher is a really good director; he also finished off Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). I loved both Sunshine on Leith (2013) and Eddie the Eagle (2015). He first worked with Taron Egerton on the film Eddie the Eagle (2015) . Dexter Fletcher seems to have found his niche with musicals. I couldn’t believe how similar Taron Egerton was to Elton John. He was just incredible, especially when you consider that he did all of his own singing in the film. He has also had to sing in Eddie the Eagle (2015). Apparently Tom Hardy was attached to star and the film went into development for nearly three years. Hardy had to drop out as he had such a busy schedule. Way back in 2012, Elton John revealed his top choice to play him in a biopic would be Justin Timberlake. It is always great to see Jamie Bell on the screen. We first saw Jamie Bell in the film Billy Elliot (2000), written by Rocketman (2019) screenwriter Lee Hall. Tom Cruise was considered to play Elton but in the end he decided not to. Since watching this I have wondered what the film would be like if Jamie Bell and Taron Egerton switched roles. Not surprisingly this did remind me a lot of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) as it has lots of similar topics, for example the poor upbringing and the scene in the record studio. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2020 this won two awards. They were for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Taron Egerton) and also Best Original Song – Motion Picture (I’m Gonna Love Me Again). At the Academy Awards in 2020 this won one Oscar for Best Music (Original Song) for I’m Gonna Love Me Again.