The recent Oscar-winning success of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of rock legend Freddie Mercury, sets the bar high for Rocketman, a similar tale of mould-breaking musical success against the odds, this time spotlighting the early years in the career of Elton John. But the omens are good - the unforgettable music, an outstanding star turn by Taron Egerton as Elton and the safe directorial hands of Dexter Fletcher, who brought us The Proclaimers' musical Sunshine On Leith and served as uncredited director for Bohemian Rhapsody after the original director stepped down.
Claiming to be 'based on a true fantasy', the key moments in the transformation of Reginald Kenneth Dwight into Elton Hercules John are all here. The 1970 residency at the Troubadour club in LA, the 1975 Dodger Stadium appearances, the duet with Kiki Dee, the footwear, the drugs, the flamboyance, the hidden relationships, the marriage to Renate...The film promises to be more uncompromising than Bohemian Rhapsody - Elton John is reported to have said that nothing should be off-limits - with personal lows presented alongside career highs.
Having previously performed Elton John's I'm Still Standing in the animated musical Sing, in this film Taron Egerton effortlessly provides all the vocals - a remarkable achievement in itself, and one that has already received rapturous applause from Elton John (and over two million views of their performance of Tiny Dancer on YouTube). Egerton is given outstanding support throughout by a cast including Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool) as Bernie Taupin, Elton's lyricist and writing partner, and Richard Madden (Bodyguard, Game Of Thrones) as John Reid, Elton's manager and lover. In what is a very busy time for Elton ' his farewell tour, his autobiography, the live-action version of The Lion King - Rocketman could provide more glitter for his sparkling career to date.
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