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Rocketman (2019)

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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Dexter Fletcher

Writer:

Lee Hall (screenplay)
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Release Date: May 30

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Cast

Credited cast:
Taron Egerton ... Elton John
Richard Madden ... John Reid
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Sheila Eileen
Stephen Graham ... Dick James
Jamie Bell ... Bernie Taupin
Harriet Walter ... Helen Piena
Tate Donovan ... Doug Weston
Gemma Jones ... Ivy
Charlie Rowe ... Ray Williams
Jess Radomska ... Teddy Girl 1
Jimmy Vee ... Arthur
Steven Mackintosh ... Stanley
Kit Connor ... Older Reggie
Viktorija Faith ... Party Guest
Tom Bennett ... Fred
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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocketman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray Studios, England, UK

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Elton John is not related to Ben Elton. See more »

Goofs

Reg Dwight chose his stage name after his band-mates Elton Dean and Long John Baldry, but the movie implies his new persona's surname honors John Lennon. See more »

Quotes

Bernie Taupin: Don't you want to just sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia?
Elton John: People don't pay to see Reg Dwight! They pay to see ELTON JOHN!
Elton John: [storms off but returns seconds later] I'm sorry
Bernie Taupin: I know
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Soundtracks

Crocodile Rock
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Performed by Taron Egerton
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Rocketman > Bohemian Rhapsody
20 May 2019 | by EvanAcreeFilmSee all my reviews

Rocketman decides to focus on Elton John's character evolution more than anything else, chronicling his life from when he was a wee-little boy to his glory days as the colorfully decorated, piano-playing, musically blustering star. One detail I must address that really hoisted the exploration of John's life was, in reality, the "R" rating.

You get to see a respectful and psychological turn in his persona, you get to witness the heartbreaking "addictions" that he constantly forces himself into, you get to view the uncut collision of him dealing with his sexuality, and you even get to feel that loss of love that Elton had felt when he persistently questioned his relationship with peers. All of these affairs are dispensed without and blockades or any desires of censorship and I must commend the filmmakers for going about this risky decision.

And sure, Rocketman is arguably quite the corn-fest at times, but the movie is able to take these cheesy elements of the typical rockstar biopic and format it into a creative fashion that characterizes more charismatic and less repetitive exhibitions. Which brings me to my next point...

I am so pleased that Rocketman turned out to be a nearly full-on musical? I mean, it had to find some way to be different from Bohemian Rhapsody, right? Whenever a musical note comes on it's not just there for Elton John fan-a-holics. The songs always pertain to the presented events transpiring on screen. The methods they use to present the songs as well, offer some more than compulsive and devouring visuals. I also appreciated how they redid all the songs to fit the scenes in a more appropriate manner. It makes the film seem less like a compilation of Elton's original greatest-hits and more like a rendition of what each song means to the story.

Now, Taron Egerton's performance in this is...wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW. He is just bleeding with range and chaotic pizazz in this encapsulation of a contrasted human individual. If someone is worthy of an Oscar nomination this year, it's this guy.

Rocketman doesn't entirely rely on nostalgia like most of its kind does-that implying that sometimes it does, however-and most of its misfit adventures proved about in the story seem earned rather than glossed over at a maximum pace of negligence. Definitely check this one out, especially if you're an Elton John fan.


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