The highly-anticipated Rocketman has arrived with Taron Egerton starring as the sensational Elton John. The stakes were certainly high and after Rami Malek’s big Oscar win earlier this year, the pressure was on for Egerton. Fortunately, not a single member of the cast or crew disappointed.
The feature explores Elton John’s lifestyle and how his struggles influenced his music. His songs are weaved in seamlessly and are never inserted carelessly. Each track adds something to the movie and makes us experience the music in a way we never have before.
It’s difficult not to compare Rocketman to Bohemian Rhapsody given that they are both biopics from legendary artists of the LGBTQ+ community. Stylistically, however, they could not be more different. Director Dexter Fletcher inserts energy and color into every scene so that as an audience, we are always fully involved and immersed.
Taron Egerton’s performance has undoubtedly earned him the right to be named one of the best actors of his generation. The energy he brings to the table is wonderful and his voice is phenomenal in every track. He manages to make each song his own while still profoundly imitating a young Elton John. After the mildly disappointing trailer, we were not expecting Egerton to excel in this way.
Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard also gave fine performances and the storylines of their characters were woven in effectively. Most importantly though, their characters did not distract from Elton John’s story but added to it. It was their role as the people in his life which raised the biopic to something truly special.
Ultimately, if you are a fan of Elton John’s music, you will love Rocketman. It does the musical icon justice and gives a perspective on his life as we have never seen it before. The color and energy make the biopic one of a kind and even if you’re impartial to “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer”, we still reckon you will love this movie.