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REVIEW: Flashy Rocketman a must for Elton John fans

Picture courtesy Paramount Pictures

Rocketman is a fantasy, musical re-telling of some of the pivotal moments in the life of musical legend, Elton John.

The movie opens with Elton (Taron Egerton) stalking towards an AA meeting in full devil costume – heels, sequins, feathers, headdress, the works. He sits down and is as arrogant as one would expect of a superstar such as he is.

But, as he takes us through his life, the mask slips and we see a very different, very vulnerable man.

Elton, who began life as Reginald Dwight, was a shy boy who just happened to be musically gifted. Raised by an emotionally absent father and narcissistic mother, his only saving grace was his grandmother Ivy and music.

As good as he was at piano, he was a terrible songwriter. One day he meets lyricist Bernie Taupin (Bell) and, as they say, the rest is history.

Should I watch it?

While Rocketman started out on very wobbly legs and was a little cheesy in places, it was full of Elton songs, was just as campy as you would expect and was ultimately a very moving story.

You wouldn’t think to look at him that Elton was, and possibly still is, ravaged by insecurities. The shy boy from London only ever wanted to be loved and this burning need saw his heart broken more than once.

Personally, I don’t like musicals and was appalled when the movie opened with a full song and dance routine. But, as the story progressed and became more about stage Elton, it just seemed to fit perfectly.

I found Egerton engaging and endearing. He was the perfect choice to play this complicated man who seems to be able to switch the star wattage on and off at will. I am almost certain Egerton will receive a Golden Globe nod for this performance. An Oscar? Hmmm let’s wait and see what the rest of the year offers.

Jamie Bell as Taupin, Elton’s writing partner for over 50 years, was the perfect calm to Elton’s camp. The friend who never let his support for this troubledman waiver, despite was Elton thought at times.

Not to be missed by Elton fans this movie won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

Ultimately, it’s a story of music, triumph, love and friendship. And not necessarily in that order.

4 stars

Running Time:  121 minutes

Release Date: May 30

Who is in it: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones,


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