It is always tricky to make a film on a character that is larger than life. This is exactly the problem that Bohemian Rhapsody had. It was about one of the most electric characters we have ever known. And while the film was a great experience, it wasn’t impressive as a film alone. This is where Rocketman manages to stand out and tower over any of the recent biopics on musicians. Directed by Dexter Fletcher who took over from Brian Singer on the former film, he gets to showcase his skills here. He is aided by an incredible performance from Taron Egerton. The actor completely gets into the psyche of Elton John and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up winning an Oscar.
Rocketman takes you through the roller coaster life of an extraordinary individual in a way that shows us all the highs and lows of an artist. Technically, this film is littered with people flexing their considerable talent. This includes the cinematography and especially the editing. We connect with this man and we feel for him, cheer him on and we get to do this for a product that is breathtakingly packaged.
If you were to think of the story and the film as a whole, it is one man’s journey to being ‘properly’ loved. The phone conversation Elton has when he comes out to his mother is one of the most heartbreaking moments I have seen this year. Egerton plays this moment beautifully. He was expecting shock and revolt from his mother but instead gets a cold and casual dismissal that is more devastating than anything he could have imagined.
Rocketman is life-affirming in many ways as it tells us that despite how bleak things may seem, there is always something good around the corner. Though I don’t want to keep talking about Bohemian Rhapsody, I need to mention it once again. While that film was able to capture Freddie Mercury the performer, it was not able to effectively capture the man. Rocketman does this and so much more. It gets to the deep and dirty parts of a man looking to love and be loved. It is unafraid to show us the grim reality that these icons operate in. It is not always pretty but more often than not, it is spectacular. It’s gonna be a long long time before we get a musical biopic this captivating.
Until next time, bye.