“Hold me closer, tiny dancer”. A guy who was watching this movie only knows one line from Elton John’s song titled “Tiny Dancer”. Sadly, Indonesia banned this movie just because of the LGBT scene. That’s just odd. If “Bohemian Rhapsody” can, why can’t this Elton John’s biopic? It’s just kind of great when this controversy exists in America itself. Let alone, if you want to see the sex scene between Taron Egerton, the man from “Kingsman” series, and Richard Madden, the King in the North from “Game of Thrones”, then it doesn’t matter.
It’s easy to say when biopic is dominating Hollywood’s position, like following the same formulas without any new ideas. Especially, music biopic seems to be a trend in the film industry. Whether it’s fiction or biopic, clearly, music and movies are in the highest position. “Rocketman” is a true fantasy of Elton John, Sir Elton Hercules John CBE. The movie begins with Elton John’s “The B*tch is Back” and ends with “I’m Still Standing”. However, to be honest, I can say that this is better than “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The movie is a bit of fantasy, combining a classic formula from music films and there is a vibe of “La La Land”. The movie put it in the package into a stage of Broadway while the actors choreographed, sang together, with the great movement of the camera. The interesting part is that Egerton himself sings all Elton John’s songs. They also re-recorded the video clip of “I’m Still Standing”. Music placement portrays the character’s feelings, whether they are happy, sad, angry, they sing Elton John’s songs according to their feelings.
We know the deal, it’s about a famous artist who tries to be on top. However, his life deteriorated because there was a conflict, whether it was conflict from within or from outside. And from here, the artist’s only way is an overdose. There is sex because this is the life of the artist today. Taron Egerton’s Elton John hits all the way. He and his band held concerts, fought a record, adore their fans, had unique clothes, glasses, and so on.
At the Cannes Film Festival, Elton John and Taron Egerton sing and duet with each other, proving that the voice in “Rocketman” is his own voice. And he is very talented, can sing, has a sweet and good voice. Egerton as Elton John is just magnificent in this movie. He is so much alive, has the same characteristics as Elton John, and well-portrayed. The moment when Egerton was in a self-destruction situation is just amazing. He gave us a thrill, full of charisma, and vulnerability performance in this movie. You can just say Rami Malek’s Freddy Mercury is just better than this. But, they are at the same level.
Both Malek and Egerton provide the same genuine performance. They both have impressions with each other and they have the right to its vibe. Dexter Fletcher and Lee Hall direct and write all into inventive ways, achieving new levels into what we know about “Rocketman”. The lyrics, song placement, and scene are very effective. The dynamic between Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin and Egerton when they performed “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, they broke the same point. Both actor, director, and writer show us a filmmaker that’s more impressed with fantasy than “Bohemian Rhapsody” which is more impressed by montage.
While the movie has Rated R, there are so many explicit contents especially if it’s just a biopic movie. Unlike “Bohemian Rhapsody” with its PG-13, I like this film which is very important to its audience. It doesn’t matter whether this movie fails or success, they are both successes in the box office. “Rocketman” follows the life of Elton John from its characteristics, designs, sexuality, and a biopic fantasy authenticity.
3.5 out of 5 stars.