Rocketman is more of a musical than a full on biopic, but the genre works tremendously well for a movie about Reg Dwight transforming into Elton John. There’s plenty of emotion, and more than enough hits to keep you entertained throughout, plus it shows how much therapy can do for a soul.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted forms.
“Hey now fans of rock operas, Matt Heywood here to review Rocketman, or what I like to call a fantastical ride through Reg Dwight’s life.
If you’re wondering if Rocketman is a better film than Bohemian Rhapsody, I can report that it is, but it also is a different type of biopic than that film, as Elton’s journey is more of a musical than Freddie’s.
Although, my biggest critique of Rocketman is that it doesn’t feature enough time stamps to let you know what years the film covered, and it didn’t feature enough “Ah-huh” moments for some of Elton’s biggest songs, which is something Queen’s movie did well. So unlike Bohemian, which showed how the band may have created some of its biggest hits, Rocketman only really shows Elton and Bernie creating a hit or two, while his other mega songs were reserved for musical-esque numbers.
These are fantastic by the way, and feel oh so Elton John thanks to how over-the-top they are, but being a history junkie, I would have preferred a few more revelations on how Elton and Bernie came up with their insane amount of hits.
With that being said I still loved the movie, which is more of an experience than most films, and I do feel that it peeled a few layers back on Elton that only die hard fans probably knew about.
Even though the serious parts are flanked by pomp and circumstance, the film still manages to tell an emotional story about the man that became Elton John, and why he got so messed up on drugs due to his upbringing and struggles with his sexuality.
Oh, and the soundtrack is freaking brilliant, so Rocketman earns an 8 out of 10 review score from Team EB. I’s definitely a theater going experience too, so strap on your funkiest glasses and head out to watch Reg become Elton.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for entertainmentbuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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