Rocketman review

Rocketman was coincidently directed by Dexter Fletcher who did some uncredited directing on Bohemian Rhapsody. I haven’t exactly grew up with Elton John’s songs unless you count watching The Lion King (I’ll get to that later). Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody which showed  Freddie Mercury’s history and  how some of the songs were made, Rocketman is told kind of like a musical while showing Elton John’s history.

The musical numbers are really good mostly because Taron Egerton is an excellent singer or maybe it’s just that the songs are just that good. Speaking of Taron Egerton, there must be some prophecy that he would play Elton John because he’s been involved with that singer numerous times. He played Johnny the gorilla in Sing who sung I’m Still Standing (which he plays again here) and co-worked with the actual Elton John in Kingsman the Golden Circle. Taron Egerton did not disappoint when playing Elton John because he is perfect. He managed to put a lot of effort into his performance, he was especially great in the scenes that involved Elton’s personal life.

The movie does suffer from similar story bits as Bohemian Rhapsody. Both Freddie and Elton come from a small town, become famous but end up becoming jerks. Speaking of jerks, his parents are incredibly unlikable and unsupportive. It’s funny how the mother’s boyfriend who are usually douchebags in most stories is much more likable than the mother. Then there’s John Reid who’s far worse here than in Bohemian Rhapsody (I’m not kidding he was manager for both Queen and Elton John). He’s manipulative and almost causes Elton’s downfall. These characters made me so legitimately angry that I felt like flipping them off when they were on screen.

Rocketman is a nice look at one of the most famous singers ever. I do think that Bohemian Rhapsody is the better movie (maybe it’s because I like Queen more). Though to be fair if Rocketman came out before Bohemian Rhapsody than maybe I would’ve given this more praise. Still it doesn’t matter because anyone who loves Elton John and his songs will enjoy this.

Verdict:
+ Taron Egerton as Elton John
+ The musical numbers
– Similar story bits
– Unlikable characters

Score: B-

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