review by Bobby Blakey
Ever since Taron Egerton burst onto the big screen in Kingsman he has been offering up some great roles including Eddie the Eagle, Kingsman 2, and Robin Hood, which might not have blown up the box office, but I still enjoyed it. Now he is reteaming with his Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher to take on the role of the iconic Sir Elton John in the feature film Rocketman co-starring Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. Could this film do justice to the legacy of Sir Elton John or will it be out of tune?
Rocketman follows the story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. After hearing so many great things about this film I was more than excited to finally get to check it out and I was not disappointed. I knew the film was structured to tell his story through his music, but was not aware it was going full on musical of sorts. I am not a big fan of these sorts of films, but the way this is structured and laid out it works to perfection.
Everyone here is great, but it’s Egerton who is not only great he fully becomes John to perfection. He not only offers up excellent performances of the songs, but he fully embodies John with all the passionate emotions needed to bring this larger than life icon to the forefront of the film. His chemistry with Bell makes you fully believe in their lifelong friendship and invest in every aspect to what they go through. The real surprise to me here was Bryce Dallas Howard who is always great, but this is a character you just don’t care for and she brings her to life in the best way possible.
The music is perfectly executed and placed along with big dance numbers I didn’t expect but somehow still fit. There are a lot of performances by other actors as well that helped to make it all the more impactful and makes you see this great music in a deeper way than ever before. I loved this movie and can
say for me it totally lived up to the hype and I believe Egerton is fully worthy of award season across the board.
This release not only includes the film but bonus features including deleted and extended scenes, extended musical performances, sing-a-longs, and numerous featurettes behind bringing this musical fairytale to life. Grab your platforms and copy of Rocketman when it hits Digital on August 6th and then on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27th from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While waiting to get your copy you can check out this all-new featurette here now from Paramount.