Official Release date: 5/31/2019
Run Time: 2 hours 1 minute
After Credits Scene: No, but there are photos that roll through the beginning of the credits
Rocketman opens in theaters this weekend and brings with it a flashy and artistic musical story about the legendary Elton John. Many people are comparing this to the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. However, while they may have similarities, Rocketman has key differences. This film follows more of the “musical” aesthetics with song and dance numbers throughout. It is a larger than life telling, and appropriately so! Colorful and thoughtfully produced, you experience the beginnings and the rise of a passionate piano player and eventual rock star.
Taron Egerton was positively brilliant in his role as Elton. Most of us are used to seeing Egerton as an action star, and even though this is not his first foray into singing (he voiced a singing gorilla previously) we haven’t seen him do anything like this before. The casting overall was impeccable for this film. It was interesting to see how the relationships of his past shaped his future and his career. How much of it is “Hollywood” and how much is reality is a thought that comes to mind, but all in all it is a wonderful telling.
The whole movie was incredibly entertaining. I wanted to sing along and dance around. It has some hokey moments, but they are overshadowed by how enjoyable everything else was. I highly recommend checking this one out!