Thursday, May 30, 2019

Rocketman Movie Review

Taron Egerton stars in Rocketman

This Is Your Life

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story - set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton - tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother. Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Egerton's John declares, "Maybe I should have tried to be more ordinary." There's nothing ordinary about Sir Elton Hercules John CBE, or the actor who plays him (to a tee) in Fletcher's magical musical biopic. Egerton is a literal marvel (pun intended) and our early choice for Best Actor (even better than Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody.) The former's portrayal is one for the ages, jam-packed with charm, energy and vulnerability (not to mention a superb singing voice.) In fact, almost everyone involved (especially Howard) is terrific. Movies like this (ones that surprise) are why I became a film critic.

Grade: A