A Masterclass In Fantasy
Updated: Oct 10, 2019
I have to admit, when the trailer for Rocketman first came out, I was very skeptical. Bohemian Rhapsody was about to set the standard for musical biopics and Rami Malek's Oscar winning performance was undoubtedly accentuated with Freddie Mercury's voice. While the trailer showcased the wonderful visual asthetic that was to come, it was surprising that rather than having Elton's voice throughout the film, his songs would be sung by lead actor Taron Egerton. Now don't get me wrong, Taron has an amazing voice, but it felt odd to have an Elton John biopic and not hear his iconic voice. Fast forward one year later, I take everything I thought back.
Director Dexter Fletcher, who previously took over directing duties on Bohemian Rhapsody, has given us a film that is a masterclass in musical biopics. The attention to detail both musically and aesthetically could not be more perfect. For two hours, he has transported us back to 1960's England to journey through the highs and lows of Sir Elton's life, wonderfully paired by the amazing costumes that have been recreated by a costume department worthy of an academy award.
Having said all that, this is not your stereotypical biopic. Dexter has taken the traditional formula and thrown it out the window. It's a true fantasy. Yes, there are very factual moments of his life within the story, but there are times where we get to feel what he feels within those moments. Take for instance, a scene shown in the trailer, where both Elton and the audience become weightless. This was inspired from a story Elton told of a feeling he got while performing one night to a sold out crowd. Fletcher has managed to translate this on screen and bring us on stage with him to feel it too.
Bringing a character like Elton John is no easy feat and yet Taron Egerton looks perfectly at ease within the role. With the most perfect of costume designers, you tend to lose the fact this isn't Sir Elton himself in his younger days. he is just effortless in his delivery.
As far as biopics go, this is definitely one that would go down in history as a must watch, entertainment spectacle. So do yourself a favour and find a Blu Ray or a digital copy and lose yourself in the mystical magic that is Sir Elton John.