Director Dexter Fletcher’s biopic focuses on Elton John’s early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s. It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, his enduring partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, his first marriage, and his romantic relationship with his manager John Reid. The film's cast includes Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard.~Augustine Chay
Taron EgertonElton John
Jamie BellBernie Taupin
Richard MaddenJohn Reid
Bryce Dallas HowardSheila
Kit ConnorOlder Reggie
Charlie RoweRay Williams
Tate DonovanDoug Weston
Stephen GrahamDick James
David DoylePub Man 1
Charles ArmstrongMr. Anderson
Graham Fletcher-CookMaitre D'
Ian NeilMusical Direction/Supervision
Matthew MargesonComposer (Music Score)
Marcus RowlandProduction Designer
Steve CarterArt Director
Tim BlakeSupervising Art Director
Brian OliverExecutive Producer
Claudia SchifferExecutive Producer
Claudia VaughnExecutive Producer
Elton JohnExecutive Producer
James CollinsSet Designer
Julian DayCostume Designer
Carmel JacksonHair Styles
James O'DonnellStunts Coordinator
Lizzie Yianni GeorgiouHair Designer
Lizzie Yianni GeorgiouMakeup Designer
Mike Prestwood SmithRe-Recording Mixer
Drama,Concerts Operas and Musicals
Biopic [feature],Inspirational Drama,Musical Drama
This is one of those movies where you find yourself glued to the screen not wanting to miss a second & never pay attention to the time asking yourself “when will this be over.” It’s a keepsake & worth buying to watch over again! One of the best Biopic titles out there.
-Picture; Dolby Vision never disappoints.
-Slipcover; No but it was a steelcase.
-Digital Copy; Yes, full version w/ Atmos & Vision.
-Sound; Atmos track was mainly front stage active. Could’ve use more immersive surround.
-Gear used for sound & visuals:
LG 65’ C6P 4k/3D passive OLED (manually calibrated)
9.2 Onkyo RZ + pre amp for 7.2.4/11.2 (integrated calibrated then manually tweeted with SPL sound level meter & balance/adjust for full dynamic range)
Klipsch P-REF towers
& dual R112SW subs
Polk Audio MC80 8’ quad in-ceiling heights
Oppo 4K UDP-203
Monster cables: Premium Black Platinum HDR HDMIs, THX Audio RCA, Digital Subwoofer Cables & Fiber Optic Ultra 1000
Monoprice 14 gauge awg copper speaker wire
Nakamichi Speaker Plugs
Auralex Acoustic Isolation platforms
Taron Egerton was wrongly not nominated for the Oscar but that shouldn’t take away from how awesome he was and how real this movie was. I recently read the book Elton wrote and it’s fun to sort of correlate certain things from book to movie. Now obviously the movie takes a lot of liberties and is told as more of a fantasy movie but that’s the point of it. This was a better movie than Bohemian if you ask me and was unfortunately overlooked come Oscar season.
There were high expectations for this movie because of two reasons: it is about Elton John and it followed quickly behind “Bohemian Rhapsody”.and it comes pretty closs to achieving that lofty goal. Not as dramatic as the Queen epic ending but has many great moments. The fantasy bothered some but I thought it made the film special and memorable. The structure of the story telling is fascinating. The performance by Tarn Egerton is amazing especially since he did most of the singing.
At first glance, Rocketman may be a bit jarring to watch at times because it's not just a biographical film, it's a musical, but that was the point. Elton John has lived an incredible life, and it's only natural that his movie should be exaggerated. Thanks to his timeless musical hits, Elton John takes the viewer on a ride as he deals with his early life, fame, sexuality, drugs, alcoholism, depression, and love.
Taron Egerton was meant to play Elton John, and the seeds were already planted if you followed his career so far. Not only was Elton John in the Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Egerton sang I'm Still Standing in Sing. It's just a shame he didn't get nominated for a Oscar.
For Steelbook fans, it's worth the extra money.
Overall, if you are an Elton John fan, you don't need me to tell you to pick up this film. Rocketman is a feel good movie from start to finish.
This bio-pic of rock 'n roll icon Elton John is this year's "Bohemian Rhapsody." The Freddie Mercury story made a small fortune at the box office and walked away with a handful of Oscars, including one for Rami Malek as Best Actor. Maybe lightning will strike twice because "Rocketman" deserves the same respect. In fact, in terms of production numbers and pacing, it is better than "Rhapsody," which suffered from a sluggish middle act before delivering the goods in its rousing finale. "The Kingsman" star Taron Egerton seems an unlikely choice for the role of Sir Elton, but he plays the part so convincingly you quickly forget that this is the kid who set the movie world on fire spoofing James Bond.
The soundtrack covers most of Elton's greatest hits, presented in zippy bits of staging that approximate the thrill of John in concert. If you've never seen the man live because you can't afford the steep ticket prices, pick up this film for a fraction of the cost and turn the lights down and volume up. It's two hours of rock 'n roll bliss.