- Title Rocketman
- Director Dexter Fletcher
- Year 2019
- Run time 2hrs 1m
- Genres Drama, Music
- Tagline Based on a true fantasy
Rocketman is a one-of-a-kind musical celebration set to Elton John's most beloved songs. Discover how a shy boy growing up in the suburbs of London becomes one of the most iconic figures in rock & roll. Featuring an all-star cast, this truly spectacular and utterly electrifying ride is filled with show-stopping musical performances unlike anything you've ever seen.
|6:58||Bryce looks so different without red hair.|
|11:34||His father is absolutely the worst.|
|21:26||This is a proper musical, can’t wait to see it in the west end.|
|24:33||“Write some songs,” he says, as though it’s that easy.|
|28:33||Bernie’s arrived. Dream team!|
|33:50||“You never know, one day you might have enough for an album.” Elton has more albums than anyone I’ve seen!|
|38:37||She threw the piano out the window!|
|43:47||“Buy yourself some new clothes, something flashy.” He’ll regret those words.|
|52:48||It’s such a 70s party. So brown.|
|56:10||“Where there was darkness, there is now you.”|
|1:05:50||“Lovely guy is not a job.”|
|1:12:18||Worst manager ever. You don’t punch the talent.|
|1:26:15||I knew Elton liked the crazy outfits, but I didn’t realise he was quite so panto.|
|1:34:25||Orange juice for breakfast… with added vodka.|
|1:37:54||Jesus Christ, his parents are scum.|
|1:47:44||“Actually, I think I’m okay with strange.”|
It’s unfortunate that this came out around the same time as Bohemian Rhapsody because it’s impossible not to compare the two - but they’re different beasts really. Bohemian Rhapsody felt like the story of Freddie with some Queen songs thrown in. This was more of a crafted jukebox musical, dancing in the street, and the family doing an early group number.
I loved this movie, Taron does an absolutely stunning job and in some of the shots and outfits looks eerily like the man he’s trying to portray. It’s a hard story, and whilst it’s not 100% historically accurate, still contained things that I didn’t know. Elton got married?? Weird.
If the film manages anything, though, it’s to show what a nice guy Bernie Taupin is. I think we could all use some Bernie in our lives. Overall, great characters, an interesting story, fantastic songs obviously, so a top film. Now, as I mentioned in the notes above, just got to wait for it to transfer to the stage!
Rating: 5 / 5