Rocketman is glitter, glamour, and all of the spoils one expects from an Elton John biopic. It’s also the drugs, depression, and all of the ugliness that comes with the price of fame.
Presented as a distorted fantasy in order to explore the reality of the world’s most flamboyant showman, this musical odyssey offers a warts-n-all perspective. We meet Elton (played by Taron Egerton) at the height of his career as he joins an AA meeting. Confessing to a multitude of addictions, he recalls where it all began as six-year-old Reginald Dwight, whose first time playing a piano marked the birth of a prodigy. His story is woven into a tapestry of pivotal moments, through his troubled adolescent years and all the way to his rise to stardom.
The unorthodox musical narrative recalls the stylings of cult films like the Beatles-infused Across the Universe and the Bowie-inspired Velvet Goldmine – characters break into song and burst into big flashy musical numbers midway through conversations, and the darker themes are explored metaphorically. An upbeat and joyous experience befitting its subject.
Release Date: August 28, 2019
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden