Rating (3.5 out of 5)
Summary: A visually outstanding film, that impresses with a mix of music, dancing and, oh yeah, acting. I was concerned when action hero actor Taron Egerton took the reins as Elton, but he impresses displaying a broad range of emotions and, believe it or not, singing. “Rocketman” entertains while recounting a tale of Elton John, and the borderline fantasy allows “Rocketman” to surpass “Bohemian Rhapsody” by leaps and bounds. The way the story is told, truth is secondary to the flow of music.
Plot: Watch as “Elton John” grows from an innocent young boy, to an adult struggling to rehabilitate himself from the excesses of the world.
Detail: The movie embraces the eccentricity of Elton John, and the costumes and sets are marvelous. The movie kicks off with Elton marching down a hallway wearing a devil with wings outfit. The fantastic visuals of the sequence sets the tone well for the entire movie. As Elton sheds the outfit, he begins to find himself. It was collectively an exceptional presentation.
“Mamma Mia” physically hurts my ears listening to the actors sing. I was surprised when Taron belted out “Saturday Night”, and I actually enjoyed the singing. Now his dancing consisted of running to spots around other qualified dancers. I had to hold back my laugh at his little moves, but he looked like he was having fun.
Congratulations to the director on assuming I am intelligent (well of course I am, arent you?) in capturing years in simple little snippets. The best example was when Elton marries a young woman. They summed up the whole slew of years with a song in the studio, exiting a church from a marrage and then a breakfast scene. I understood what transpired and didn’t need minute detail. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Rami Malek nailed Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but Taron Egerton is every bit as impressive as Elton John. The first time being kissed, his drunken stupor, his stint in rehab as he must face his problems. There was a scene as he practiced smiling in front of a mirror as his face is all puffy and red. A truly impressive performance.
At 2 hours, the movie does get a bit long, and I was ready for the wrap up. There was, additionally, a sex scene that I thought was a wee bit to long for me, but that might merely be me.