“People don't pay to see Reg Dwight! They pay to see ELTON JOHN!”
To be perfectly honest, the hardest part about watching ROCKETMAN was trying to not compare it to Bohemian Rhapsody. I must admit I never really fell in love with this movie and I’m not sure how it compares to Bohemian Rhapsody or stands on its own as far as Biopics and life stories are concerned. The overall storytelling occasionally stepped into new territory by blending narrative driving songs and significant life moments of Sir Elton John. I felt like much of the directing throughout was inconsistent and the style was hit and miss. Regarding tropes of the music based biopic drama, Rocketman stands out by using some of said tropes to finesse its way to tell a unique story. On the contrary, it suffers some of the same beats and pitfalls that you come to expects if youve seen Bohemian Rhapsody or RAY, starring Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (which is my favorite biopic ever).
I thought the cast was perfect, and this is probably Taron Edgerton‘s finest film which is saying a great deal, because I’ve seen every movie he’s been in, and I think he has a really bright future. Wouldn't be surprised if he generated some Oscar buzz, or even won. However, awards season is still forever away. Sir Elton was a man who clearly harbored his fair share of madness, and Taron caputured all of it with his incredible performance. I really appreciate how they did not shy away from Eltons homosexuality as compared to the way they handled Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Rocketman is a movie that fuses the music biopic with the jukebox musical, and i'm honestly not sure how I feel about it. In theory, it sounds like the right and perfect move, but something was just off to me I can't explain. Was it better than Bohemian Rhapsody? I dont know, but more importantly, I'm sure it doesnt matter. It's another fine entry into a genre loaded with history, and boasting some iconic work and pathetic, lost-in-the shuffle, duds as well. The two are more than suitable fun, if you know the artist and adore thier work. On that note, it comes highly reccomended for fans of the Musical, Fantasy, and Dramatic genres, fans of the cast, notably Mr. Edgerton, and fans of the life and work of Sir Elton John.
The tale of an emotionally damaged individual trying to come to terms with themselves, and their subsequent addiction is not a new story, but Rocketman takes numerous creative liberties to craft something truly original. Despite my mixed feelings about the overall product, It is a Ricky Nixx film.
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Writer: Lee Hall
Starring: Targon Edgerton, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Bell