GRADE: — A-
REWATCHABILITY —: 90%
BEST SCENE —: "Crocodile Rock"
Taron Egerton stars as Elton John in the biopic "Rocketman," which showcases the flamboyant singer's life starting from his childhood as Reginald Dwigh. We see how his distant father and overbearing mother affect his musical talents as he grows older. We watch Elton go through all the ups and downs he experienced through stardom, struggling with his sexuality, and dealing with the immense stress of writing hits.
The standout performance in the film clearly comes from Egerton. He perfectly transforms himself into Elton's unique personality, making audiences empathize with him from start to finish. It's early to talk about, but it wouldn't be surprising if he receives an Oscar nomination. Egerton even sings the songs himself, emulating Elton's singing style perfectly.
The film is excellently directed by Dexter Fletcher, who actually directed most of "Bohemian Rhapsody." While that film is credited to Bryan Singer, Fletcher took over the project after complications. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was just as well-directed as "Rocketman" and while the films are different, their unique styles mesh. It's safe to say if you were a fan of the Freddy Mercury pic, you'll get the same satisfaction here.
What makes "Rocketman" so unique, however, is the very fact that it's more of a musical than just a biopic. Most biopics would convey a character's struggles through a "this happened, then this happened" style, but "Rocketman" uniquely makes the choice to add Elton John's personality to the story. Much like "La La Land," characters go from having conversations to dancing in the streets, and the entire film is like stepping into Elton's own memories and fantasies.
As one could imagine, "Rocketman" has a great soundtrack that showcases Elton's most popular songs, including "Tiny Dancer," "Crocodile Rock" and, naturally, "Rocketman." If you're a fan of Elton John, seeing "Rocketman" is a no-brainer.
In addition to the music, though, the film has great performances throughout, well-constructed choreography, and surprisingly vibrant and exhilarating cinematography.