3.5/4

Rocketman [2019] ★★★½

It probably won’t get the same attention as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but in many ways, “Rocketman” is a superior movie. This musical biopic about the highs and lows of Sir Elton John, from his early days living in a loveless family, to his rise to fame with such hits as “Your Song” and “I’m Still Standing”, is truly outstanding. Credit writer Lee Hall and director Dexter Fletcher for not following the same formula we’ve come to expect from most biopics. Instead, “Rocketman” emerges as a full-blown musical extravaganza that truly captures Sir Elton’s state of mind. And at the center of it all is Taron Egerton. Known mostly for his role in the “Kingsman”movies (we do not speak of that horrible “Robin Hood” reboot), “Rocketman” could finally be the movie that puts him on the map permanently. Simply put: he’s phenomenal. Musically, the film is a miracle, fueled with beautiful sets that are riveting in every detail. Egerton lets it bleed, giving a performance awards were invented for. If you’re an Elton John fan or if you appreciate music in general, you won’t be able to take your eyes off him. It’s one of the best performances of the year. Same goes for the movie.

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