ocketman; a second film in the cinemas focusing on Elton John’s rise to stardom and how it affected his life, early on in his career. However, judging by this being the second release of biopic films on musicians from the 1970/80’s I can see there being more films being produced in the foreseeable future that involves Britain’s infamous musicians.
As many of you are aware last year we had the release of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) a film biopic on the frontman of Queen, the late Freddie Mercury. The film gave us a dramatized insight into Queen’s rise to stardom and the devastating destruction of Mercury’s newly found lifestyle.
Like Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman (2019) has an array of Elton John’s infamous songs that many people of today sing along to. I myself found that I was singing along with Taron Egerton and the cast at certain intervals of the film. However, Rocketman is different compared to Bohemian Rhapsody. Whilst both films have the artists’ infamous songs as its soundtrack, Rocketman is a musical. It has drama and romance like your average film but it is what I would describe as a modern-day musical.
Which brings me to the fact that the film doesn’t really shy away from John’s history of drug abuse and it definitely doesn’t shy away from the musician’s sexuality. There is quite a bit of gay sex in the film, hence why it has a 15-certificate rating. I did enjoy the film; I liked the fact that it didn’t shy away from Elton John’s once destructive personality.
The film for me is the first mainstream movie to feature gay sex more prominently in the film. As previously mentioned the film doesn’t shy away from anything. Whilst for me this was the first film I’ve seen in the cinema to feature gay sex, I wasn’t all fazed by it. I think with it now being normal on the TV it's slowly starting to become more acceptable in cinemas. I still remember a time when two men kissing on television would be frowned upon and how much of impact it had when Queer as Folk was first broadcast on Channel 4.
It also explains why John went off the rails when reaching stardom due to the fact he didn’t have much of an upbringing as a child, the only person who pushed and encouraged him was his grandmother Ivy (Gemma Jones). I believe it wasn’t for her encouragement Elton John would still be referred to as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, whilst his parents, on the other hand, were more focused on destroying their marriage and sh*tting on young Elton from a great height.
I can’t recommend this film enough, it’s a modern day musical with all your favourite Elton John songs. Taron Egerton is superb as Sir Elton John, his performance made me laugh and overall, with the cast, made the film an enjoyable visit to the local cinema. I’m just wondering now how many more films are we going to have based on British Gay icons and is it going to become a bit of a trend in the foreseeable future? Highly recommend you go out to your local cinema and see this film!
And to celebrate the release of Rocketman, Elton John and Taron Egerton have recently released a colourful music video (which you can find below). The song (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again can be heard during the closing credits of the movie.