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REVIEW: Rocketman

Here’s my review for the film Rocketman starring Taron Egerton as Elton John. The film was directed by Dexter Fletcher and distributed locally by United International Pictures Philippines.

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The film follows Taron Egerton’s Elton John from his humble beginnings until he makes it to the big leagues. Along the way viewers not only get treated to a number of John’s famous hits like “Your Song” and even “I’m Still Standing”.

Not only that, we also see what its like in John’s head and state of mind around the time he was performing his songs. How was it like for a closeted gay man to traverse in a society where homosexuality was frowned upon.

Taron Egerton’s performance here was top notch. The dude has gone a long way from playing Eggsy from Kingsman and even Eddie the Eagle. Here he shows his range from drama to a bit of comedy. But really, the bulk of Rocketman leans toward drama. You really feel sad when he does and elated when he’s happy.

Richard Madden aka Robb Stark aka the King of the North, plays a surprisingly interesting role as Elton John’s former boyfriend John Reid. Great acting chops, insane screen aura and dare I say it good chemistry with Taron Egerton (now bring out the fan fictions guys and gals).

Taron Egerton as Elton John and Richard Madden as John Reid

Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin was ok. He captures the creative energy that forged so many great Elton John songs in the past. So was Bryce Dallas Howard.

Cinematography for the film was excellent. Some scenes really popped and laid a strong connection to the critical moments in the film. And those trippy scenes including that moment in the end where everything goes zero gravity. Great execution definitely.

Rocketman was a fitting movie to celebrate the trials and tribulations of Sir Elton John. Egerton’s inspired performance here gives fans the promise of seeing more challenging roles for the young actor. The music is fun and the versions they did for the film were too enticing not to sing along with.

Score: 8/10

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