If you are a fan of Broadway plays and Elton John pageantry, Rocketman is for you. Denise and I differ on our opinions but agree that it was worth the trip to the theater. The relationship between John and his writing partner, Bernie Taupin was fascinating. Taron Egerton did a good job playing John from being an insecure unknown to a lonely superstar. Jamie Bell is great as the patient, loyal , man in the shadows, Taupin. Richard Madden is perfectly sleazy as John Reid, Elton’s manager that does not have a heart of gold. Bryce Dallas Howard continues to play her part from The Help, though this time with a British accent. Tate Donovan has a fun turn as Doug Weston, owner of the famed Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles.
Trivia bit – Rocketman was written by Lee Hall. Hall wrote the screenplay for the movie Billy Elliott, that was also Jamie Bell’s film debut in 2000. Hall and Elton John worked together to create Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005.
Personally, I prefer musicals that the characters are musicians that are practicing or preforming their music as in Bohemian Rhapsody or Hearts Beat Loud. This is more of a Mama Mia musical. That said, the music is still amazing and timeless and the movie is definitely worth seeing in the theater no matter which style of musical you like. Make sure to stay to the end to see how accurately they recreated the costumes.
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Official Synopsis for Rocketman:
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.
Rocketman Q & A 2019 Cannes Film Festival
|Principle Cast||Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard|
|Editor||Chris Dickens (Mary, Queen of Scots)|
|Production Companies||New Republic Pictures, Marv Films, Rocket Pictures|
|Run Time||121 minutes|
|Genre||Biography, Drama, Music|
|Premier||2019 Cannes Film Festival|