Rocketman Movie Review and Video (7/10)


by Tony Medley Movie Reviews

Photo Credit  / Paramount Pictures

Film Distribution / Paramount Pictures

Runtime 121 minutes.


There’s a lot of music in this, a lot of drugs, and a lot of gay sex. It tells that a young, fearful piano wunderkind, Reginald Dwight (Matthew Illesley, very young; Kit Conner, older) is unloved and uncared for by his frigidly cold parents, Sheila Farebrother (Bryce Dallas Howard), and Stanley Dwight (Steven Macintosh). Then almost like a butterfly turning into a caterpillar, Reggie metamorphoses into the monster drug addict, alcoholic rock and roll superstar, Elton John (Taron Egerton).

Directed by Dexter Fletcher from a screenplay by Lee Hall, this is not just “warts and all,” it’s almost all warts, and that’s my main criticism. The entire movie shows John as a whining, despicable, ungovernable prima donna begging for love and throwing fits when he doesn’t get it. What’s disappointing is that a crawl at the conclusion of the film says that John has been alcohol and drug free for 28 years! Why not show some of that? Why not devote just a little time showing him as a recovered druggie/alcoholic who overcomes bad things and continues to lead a rewarding life instead of just adding it as an afterthought? As to that, there’s no Princess Di.

It does show his breakout performance at The Troubadour on the Sunset Strip in 1970, and other performances after he became a star. Egerton gives a remarkable performance and will undoubtedly be up for an Oscar®, and deservedly so. He does all the singing himself. It’s not as if John’s voice is something iconic like the voices of Johnny Cash or Al Jolson, so using Egerton’s voice wasn’t a bad idea. It is filled with the music John created with his lyricist, Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), and if you are a fan of that, you will be rewarded.

Compared with the two musicals last year, A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, this film is a disappointment. The main criticism of Bohemian Rhapsody by many was that it whitewashed a story that was darker than what was presented onscreen. To give Rocketman credit, it does not pull its punches.

Follow us on Google news for more updates and News


This content is being provided to you for informational purposes only. The content has been prepared by third parties not affiliated with CWEB Inc, a business. This content and any information contained therein, does not constitute a recommendation by CWEB to buy, sell or hold any security, financial product or instrument referenced in the content. This information neither is, nor should be construed as an offer, or a solicitation of an offer, to buy or sell securities by CWEB Inc. CWEB Inc. does not offer or provide any opinion regarding the nature, potential, value, suitability or profitability of any particular investment or investment strategy, and you shall be fully responsible for any investment decisions you make, and such decisions will be based solely on your evaluation of your financial circumstances, investment objectives, risk tolerance, and liquidity needs.

Unless stated otherwise, the web content provided by the CWEB family of companies is for educational purposes only. The information and tools provided neither are, nor should be construed, as an offer, or a solicitation of an offer, to buy or sell securities by CWEB Inc. or its affiliates. Unless stated otherwise, no information presented constitutes a recommendation by CWEB Inc. or its affiliates to buy, sell or hold any security, financial product or instrument discussed therein or to engage in any specific investment strategy.

Full Disclaimer