Were Anima to have a flaw, it would only be that upon first viewing, it is hard to dissect Yorke’s vision, and the storyline linking these visual elements has a tendency to feel disconnected.
Rocketman is certainly braver than Bohemian Rhapsody, but that’s not ultimately what makes it a better film. The narrative is more cohesive, the main character more complex and his story more vividly presented, enhanced by knock-out musical numbers.
Yesterday tells the tale of an event that turns off power all over the planet for a matter of seconds. When the power is restored, our hero Jack Malick is struck by a bus. Upon recovering, Jack discovers that he is the only one in the world that remembers the Beatles!
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.
Taron Egerton throws himself into the role wholeheartedly and captures the energy and excitement of Elton’s early live performances with the swagger and poise of the man himself. His cocaine and alcohol addiction isn’t lingered on as much as it probably should be, but even this serves to keep the film upbeat and entertaining.
Ultimately, we don’t learn much more about Mercury than we did going in (though he appeared to have a lot of cats). The film is narratively disjointed and its historical accuracy is questionable. But as an affectionate tribute to a band we’ll still be listening to 100 years from now, Bohemian Rhapsody captures Queen the way we’d like to remember them: a great band with one helluva charismatic frontman.