Rocketman

Genre:  Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  121 min.
Release Date: May 31, 2019
DVD: August 27, 2019
Blu-ray: August 27, 2019
Digital: August 6, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.98
based on 346 votes and 122 reviews
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Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Gemma Jones, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Tate Donovan, Steven Mackintosh

Synopsis

From the time Reginald Dwight was a young boy, he was a musical prodigy. Unfortunately, he was also unloved by his neglectful and absentee parents. After meeting lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), Reggie changes his name to Elton John (Taron Egerton) and the two songwriters become worldwide hits.

However, Elton struggled to find love. Having missed out on it when he was a child, he looks for it in all the wrong places. He forms a relationship in the 1970s with John Reid (Richard Madden), who takes over as his manager, and has a short-lived marriage to Renate Blauel (Celinde Schoenmaker), but turns to drinking and drugs in order to get by.

Finally, after years of struggling with substance abuse and depression, he finally comes to accept his sexual orientation.

The film includes many classic songs, including "Crocodile Rock," "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me," and of course, "Rocketman," all performed by Egerton.

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Lawrence Bender, Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, Elton John
Screenplay: Lee Hall

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  • 1 star "A poor mans Bohemian Rhapsody, try's to make you feel sad for a very rich person,"
  • 1 star "rather depressing"
  • 4 stars "First heard Elton John in summer of 1971 when his hit, Your Song, hit the air waves. Saw Elton evolve over the years along with his music. Had no idea his life was so rough until I saw this film. Taron Egerton played Elton very well and his covers of the songs were good enough. There was too much emphasis on the gay sex and substance abuse but otherwise liked the film. However not as uplifting and enjoyable as Yesterday which I saw the weekend after."