Rocketman – a rock fantasy indeed

Naturally, many will compare this movie to last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Hell, they even share the same director. But in truth, they are both quite a different kind of movie. Bohemian Rhapsody is a story of Freddy Mercury in a skewed reality where Rocketman is presented as a total musical with bits and pieces of Elton’s life stitch together, not chronologically, mind you, to create this tapestry of his trial and tribulation from his childhood age to the mid eighties.
Taron Edgerton shines as Elton and did an incredible job singing all the songs himself and make the songs to sound really good and refreshed.
The second lead in the movie is truly all of Elton’s recognizable hits but made fresh again with new arrangements and accompanied by memorable scenes that will stick to your mind long after you left the cinema.
After the screening, I had to pause to decide whether this is actually a well-told movie musical about the personal feelings and up-and down life experiences of a very rich man, or is this just another audience-baiting song and dance created for entertainment-sake. I came to the conclusion that it’s a mix of both because you will be entertained by the music, Taron’s acting, and lush cinematography, and at the same time, get a glimpse of what it was like to be Elton from the 60s all the way to the MTV era of the ’80s.