Director: Dexter Fletcher
Writer: Lee Hall
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Moviie Couple here! We went to see Rocketman this weekend! Remember we are just a married couple that loves movies! We’re here to tell you if we liked it. Film experts we are not! Just a quick reminder of our rating system. Mrs. Moviie Couple and I, rate films on whether they are worth the cash spent on a night out. we use a 1-6 Dollar Bill system. 1-2 Bills equal a waste of both our time and money! 3-4 Bills equal Meh to Pretty Good, money well spent! 5-6 Bills equal Wow! Well worth the price of dinner, movie and sitter! Please take our money again!
Rocketman tells the life story of Elton John. His rise to fame from his childhood home in the Pinner area of London to the world wide success as a mega star is covered in this bio-pic. We see the various relationships that formed who he was and more importantly who he grew to become. The film focuses on his life from childhood to his sobriety years well into his fantastical (He was Captain Fantastic after all) career. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Eddie The Eagle fame and stars Taron Egerton as Elton himself with Jamie Bell co starring as lifelong musical partner Bernie Taupin, a nearly unrecognisable Bryce Dallas Howard as his Mum, and Richard Madden as John Reid the infamous paramour and Music Manager. As one would expect many of Sir Elton’s hit songs are spread throughout the film in expected and many unexpected ways. Huge musical performances, drama, excess of alcohol, drugs, shopping and food and many ,many sequinned costume changes are met along the way! Well the curtain rises, wrap your boa around your neck, throw on your bedazzled glasses and lets all say goodbye to the yellow brick road and get to the reviews!
So here we go!
Mr. Moviie Couple: I was not expecting to be enthralled by a bio pic, I love true stories, but you sort of know what your getting going in. I have to say Rocketman grabbed me early with its unorthodox start! Right from the opening scene, this film pulled me in and let me know this was not going to be a by the numbers biography movie! Even in a movie like this we don’t spoil, so that will be all I say about that. As a fan of Elton John’s music (isn’t everyone?) I admit I was ignorant about much of his personal life. This movie gave me all I needed to actually feel for young Reginald Dwight, the boy that would grow up to become Elton Hercules John. The dramatic pieces hit me in all the right spots. All the actors shine in this movie, but let’s be honest it swims or sinks on the performance of Taron Egerton. I am pleased to tell you his portrayal of the Rocketman soars! The pain and doubt he displays as Elton struggles through life, pre and post success, is seen all over his face. He relays what Elton is feeling and words are not even necessary! Bell and Madden seem to embody both Taupin and Reid as well. Just captivating performances throughout really. Dallas Bryce Howard also shines as a Mom not even a son could love. The way this movie places Elton’s songs throughout the film maybe not be in order of release (I’m not knowledgeable enough to say), but shows up in times of Elton’s life where they relate the most and are placed perfectly. As were the numbers! Yes, I said musical numbers, not just performances (which again headdresses off to Mr. Egerton as he actually sings the songs himself). The numbers break out in fantasy/imagination scenes as Elton remembers key moments of his life! This is like a hybrid bio pic/Broadway musical and it’s all a hit! I learned a lot about Sir Elton and enjoyed this film the entire time!
For a film that didn’t involve hammer wielding superheroes, radioactive lizards or invincible hitmen this movie blew me away! I gave Rocketman a solid 5 Bills! Great performances, full blown musical numbers! Just a great time.
Mrs. Moviie Couple: She was surprised by the unexpected format the movie took in telling its story! She did not expect it to become a full blown musical, she was expecting something similar to Bohemian Rhapsody. As a huge fan of Broadway, she was delighted! She could easily see this film adapted to the Broadway stage and being even more successful. She loved Taron Egerton’s acting! She felt he actually was Elton John, his resemblance and performance took her breath away! She commented on what a great actor he is and how he doesn’t get enough credit for his versatility. How he can play both tough action hero in the Kingsman films and then vulnerable and sweet as seen in Eddie the Eagle and now Rocketman. The film nearly brought her to tears at times. She found the film full of emotions and left her with a deep sense of how a negative childhood could be overcome to bring out the best in a person. She found the costumes and music all matched the flair that Elton had become famous for back in his younger years! She loved the end credits as well, during them we are told how Elton is doing today and shown real life photos of the scenes Egerton recaptured so accurately. She would see it again in a heartbeat and can’t wait to see if it really does go to Broadway! Mrs. Moviie Couple gives Rocketman 6 Bills!!! Yes, I believe that is the first 6 Bills given out by the Mrs.!!!
On the way home, We talked the entire way home! We discussed Egerton’s performance, his singing, the musical numbers! We both loved the unique way the story was told. Before we arrived home we were playing Elton John in the car, which is quite the endorsement. I give it 5 Bills, just a great film with a unique vision. The Mrs. gives it 6 Bills! She wanted to see it again! She was touched by the drama and absolutely loved the musical numbers! So we’ll go with an average of 5.5 Wow! Great time out, worth the money and highly recommended!
Till then, Hold your tiny dancers close and we’ll see you at the movies! Be sure to check our facebook page for a clue to our next movie up for review! Mr. & Mrs. Moviie Couple out!