- Origin: 20/25
- Story: 15/25
- Camera/SFX: 22/25
- Performance: 25/25
ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story — set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.
- Rated: R (Language throughout, with use of drugs and sexual content)
- Genre: Drama
- Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
- Written by: Lee Hall
- Release date: 31st May, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 121 minutes
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
|Taron Egerton||Elton John|
|Jamie Bell||Bernie Taupin|
|Richard Madden||John Reid|
|Bryce Dallas Howard||Sheila|
Of course I can’t exactly say that this film was an exact copy of Elton John’s life, but it seemed pretty good. Clothing and settings looked good, and was very convincing. I thought they would have made each song a bigger moment rather than use some for a minute to move story along.
I liked the direction they used in the film, making a musical out of his life was clever, since he did live his life like a musical. However, at points it got very slow for me and I was just waiting for the next song to boost me again. I don’t know what it was, but this film made me think ‘meh’, it was creative don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t amazed by anything that happened. I’m sorry if I sound harsh, I went into the cinema with high hopes and came out like it was just another average film.
Great use of lighting and sound throughout, I was dancing along to most of his songs as they played through the film. There was some really fluent transitions from one version of Elton to another, I was very impressed with how they handled him growing up. Most things about this film looked great, it was emotional and fun.
Taron Egerton did a fantastic job at playing Elton John, the looked and the way he acted was pretty close to Elton. They had a good cast, everyone had a good moment in the film. I really believed the chemistry Taron and Richard Madden had, from love to hate, it was great to watch. I liked the choice of actors and I even thought the younger Eltons did a good job.