Movie Review: Rocketman

June 15th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Rocketman (2019)

| | BiographyDramaMusic | 31 May 2019 (USA)
 
7.7/10
27,472
 
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director:

 Dexter Fletcher

Writer:

 Lee Hall
 

Initial Thoughts:

I love Elton John's music, I was lucky enough to see him in concert in Toronto a good few years ago. So unless the reviews were terrible I knew I would be seeing this movie, after a little convincing my wife and I saw it a little while ago.

Main Points:

This is an interesting movie. It's certainly different from Bohemian Rhapsody in that it's part musical. This isn't a bad thing, just different. I like some musicals and this is certainly one of them. Taron Egerton does a good job with this role and I was impressed with his singing.

Elton certainly has had a difficult life and went through a lot of turmoil with his family, drugs, love, the music business, and his own personal struggles. The way the music in the movie reflects on each period of his life and a lot of individual moments/people is also very well done. 

I found myself loving Elton even more after watching this film and I certainly was listening to lots of his music for days afterward. Honestly, I found the time flew by and I wanted to see more of his life, which is always a sign I really enjoyed the film. 

Final Thoughts:

First off, please don't bring your kids to this movie. It is rated R for a reason with lots of drug use, plenty of foul language and lots of sex, there is also a brief nude scene. I have to compare it with the Queen movie and I found that I enjoyed that one just a little bit more. So I give this a solid 7.5 out of 10 and would highly recommend it to any fan of his music.