Rocketman: There was no better man for the job

Rocketman, the 2019 biographical musical showed up to give Bohemian a run for its money, right? Well, in many ways it does. Let’s talk about it. Played by the seemingly untouchable Taron Edgerton (Kingsman, Robin Hood), the story of Elton John’s “lavish” and theatrical life play out in a way that, to me, proved to be some of the most unique storytelling I’ve seen in quite some time. The way the scenes are driven is so unique in the sense that the cast becomes so “involved” in the music, progressing the story all while giving insight into some of John’s most intricate of lyrics. Simultaneously, telling the story of his both chaotic and enticing life on the screen.

As is usually the case in these biographies, things trod up and down for the protagonist highlighting his highs, his lows, and making sure not to leave out just how promiscuous and ” drug-friendly” Elton was in his prime. In the mix of things with Edgerton we have a solid ensemble of Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Richard Madden who all do very well in their respective roles. The story itself feels well-told and believable, but by its end, does leave you a bit curious as to why we saw this film even happen while Elton’s still with us? But I digress. I’d honestly say the only thing I truly “disliked” about this film was nothing of its own fault; it was simply that it felt like the slightly weaker counterpart to Bohemian Rhapsody. To anyone curious, the director of this film (Dexter Fletcher) also has director creds on that behemoth of a musical released literally just one year beforehand. Personally, I think between A Star is Born, Bohemian, and Rocketman, I may be just simply “musical’d out” for a few months or so.

But let’s hone it back in. Should you go see Rocketman or not? I say if you love Elton’s music, love Taron Edgerton or like many you love both, then by all means give it a shot. It may not floor you, but I think it’ll do a damn good job entertaining. Rocketman scores a 7.8/10 from me, and I can’t wait to see what Taron does next. Thanks so much for reading, and you can expect a Toy Story 4 review this week as well! As always,

Peep, out 👋🏼

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