Tuesday, March 28, 2023

‘Rocketman’ is a Musical Fantasy

MOVIES'Rocketman' is a Musical Fantasy
Image courtesy Paramount Studios.

WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead!

Elton John: the myth, the legend.

The man behind the vocals of some of the most iconic and popular songs (“Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer”) has entertained people around the world for over fifty years. With meaningful lyrics, mostly written by his long-time friend Bernie Taupin, and a loud personality reflected by the clothing he wears, it was about time that a biopic was made to allow us a glimpse into his life.

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After the success that Bohemian Rhapsody had last year, it came as no surprise that people would be just as excited for Rocketman when its release date of May 31 was announced. What did come as a surprise, however, was the casting. But despite initial doubt, Taron Egerton, the face of the popular Kingsman films, has proven that he can belt out those songs almost as well as Sir Elton John himself.

An Elton John biopic had already been in the works for the last two decades, going through Walt Disney Studios and Focus Features at one point, with actors including Tom Hardy and Justin Timberlake. But creative differences halted the project. John took the project to Paramount Pictures, where Egerton and director Dexter Fletcher signed on in 2018.

Image courtesy Paramount Studios.

With a star-studded cast backing up Egerton, from Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) to Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), audiences are immediately drawn into a fantastical musical that doesn’t disappoint. The film follows Elton John (Egerton) as he discovers who he was meant to become, from struggles with absentee parents to drug and alcohol addictions to accepting his sexuality.

Rocketman is a touching and inspirational film that leaves audience members wanting to be able to say that they’re still standing, too. Head to your closest theater soon to experience the most electric film of the summer.

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