Movie Review: ROCKETMAN

Movie Review: ROCKETMAN


Director: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Maddon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones

When you think of Elton John, you may think of his beautiful songs, the glitz, the glamour, and the tantrums. It’s all here in Rocketman. At a young age, Elton (Egerton) was a gifted piano player. He could play anything he heard on first play. He came from a broken home, as his parents were never fully supportive or loving toward him. He took inspiration from Elvis Presley and started playing piano professionally. When he started working with lyricist Bernie Taupin (Bell), his career took off. Their music together became huge hits. He had a distinct look and sound, but the pressure of fame, being gay, and a controlling manager and lover started taking its toll. Elton turned to drugs, alcohol, sex, and every device to cope.

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