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'It's gonna be a long long time until we see another music biopic as entertaining as Rocketman'


By Spalding Today Columnist


FILM REVIEW: ROCKETMAN (15)

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CAST: TARON EGERTON, JAMIE BELL, RICHARD MADDEN, GEMMA JONES STEPHEN GRAHAM, TATE DONOVAN & BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD

RUNNING TIME: 2 HRS 1 MIN

DIRECTOR: DEXTER FLETCHER

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman from Paramount Pictures. (11379425)
Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman from Paramount Pictures. (11379425)

Does Rocketman taking music biopics soaring to new heights?

Seeing Elton John in concert remains one of the greatest live performances I’ve ever seen – and there’s been many.

He’s the only artist I’ve witnessed getting a standing ovation after literally every song.

Being the singer behind hits such as Your Song, Candle in the Wind, Sacrifice, Bennie & the Jets and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, it’s easy to see why he’d get such a response.

All these songs and much more can be heard in Rocketman.

Kingsman actor Taron Egerton plays the flamboyant pop star in this biopic that delves into the singer’s larger-than-life antics: including his partnership with Bernie Taupin (Billy Elliott star Jamie Bell), his relationships – particularly with his manager John Reid (played by Bodyguard star Richard Madden) – and acceptance of his sexual orientation, and his self-destructive ways that eventually lead him on the road to redemption.

Egerton gives his all in playing Elton. There were moments when you forget you’re not watching the actual singer himself. Just as Bohemian Rhapsody did well during awards season this year, this should at least get a few nods during next year’s.

And speaking of the Queen biopic, do not go into Rocketman expecting something similar. Firstly, with this being rated ‘15’, it’s not afraid to go into the seedier side of rock n’ roll – which Bohemian Rhapsody was correctly accused of glossing over at times with Freddie Mercury.

In fact the director who completed Rhapsody, Dexter Fletcher, did so well in bringing that project together after some production problems, that he was the one who was tasked with helming this.

Also, this is much more of a musical (think Moulin Rouge) – so be prepared for a full-on dance number to come out of nowhere. The songs work perfectly (helping to narrate the movie) with the hits bringing out a variety of emotions throughout – whether it be sadness, excitement, empathy, etc.

Overall, I think it's gonna be a long long time until we see another music biopic this entertaining. Rating: 4/5

By Mikey Clarke

Previously...

FILM REVIEW: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM (15)



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