Rocketman: Movie Review

While not perfect, "Rocketman" gave a lot of entertainment and a deeper dive into one of music's icons. This look feels authentic but some viewers may find the utter negativity Elton John's life throughout the film's run time a bit too bitter too swallow.

Follow the fantastical journey of transformation for one of music's icons - from the shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into the international superstar Elton John (Taron Egerton). Set to Elton John’s most beloved songs, "Rocketman" details how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
Much as we wouldn't want to compare "Rocketman" to another recent biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", we just couldn't resist the temptation. These are two films that have similar intentions but took very different routes to tell their tales. As a musical, "Rocketman" wins hands down. The songs are much more integrated into the film's narrative and core structure. The key events in Elton John's life are all narrated and shown through his own songs and each of these scenes felt more heartfelt, more emotional, and more authentic. Performance-wise, we thought Taron Egerton did a brilliant job. He was able to do a convincing Elton John and sounded as amazing as his acting chops. But honestly-speaking, it does not hold up to Rami Malek's legendary performance. The supporting cast though had good performances but nothing special except for Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin. The film was weakest with its narrative. We're not sure how true-to-life it was but it had a penchant to be really negative. The downward spiral was too much at times and eventually felt tiring even repetitive. There's really no tangible redemption here until the very last second. At its core, "Rocketman" was truly entertaining, emotional, and a well-structured tribute to Elton John's life in terms on how well his songs was integrated into his life story. We just wished it had a more satisfying clincher in the end.
Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- great and authentic performance from Taron Egerton as Elton John
- the songs are the highlight of the film and well-integrated into the film

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the negative and downward spiral may not be to everyone's taste in a film

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