Run time: 121 mins
If we’ve learnt anything from the insanely popular Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s that we should never take biopics for granted again.
Rocketman stars Taron Egerton as music legend Reginald Kenneth Dwight aka Elton John, Bryce Dallas Howard is Reg’s mum…!? Jamie Bell is Elton’s esteemed songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and Richard Madden his manager John Reid. Director Dexter Fletcher, best known for taking over from Bryan Singer on the Queen biop: ‘Bo-Rhap’ (to us in the know) yet unlike the glossy Freddie parade, Dexter takes Rocketman in an audacious and unconventional direction, making it a far more satisfying and entertaining tale in the process.
Rocketman doesn’t shy away from Elton’s dark side of drug and alcohol abuse and depression, and treats his career as a surreal, out of body experience. The highlight is the piano-playing prodigy elevated high into the air during a rousing rendition of Crocodile Rock.
Egerton not only embodies Elton, but he does all of his own singing; it takes a moment to adjust your ears, but Egerton comes scarily close to the pop legend’s vocal range. I think it’s gonna be a long long time before we see a biopic this flashy again. (research Jack Whiting) There is a god after all.