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Rocketman (2019)

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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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Dexter Fletcher

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Lee Hall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taron Egerton ... Elton John
Jamie Bell ... Bernie Taupin
Richard Madden ... John Reid
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Sheila
Gemma Jones ... Ivy
Steven Mackintosh ... Stanley
Tom Bennett ... Fred
Matthew Illesley ... Young Reggie
Kit Connor ... Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe ... Ray Williams
Peter O'Hanlon Peter O'Hanlon ... Bobby (as Pete O'Hanlon)
Ross Farrelly Ross Farrelly ... Cyril
Evan Walsh Evan Walsh ... Elton Dean
Tate Donovan ... Doug Weston
Sharmina Harrower Sharmina Harrower ... Heather
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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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The Only Way to Tell His Story is to live His Fantasy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocketman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray Studios, England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,725,722, 2 June 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,984,434, 24 June 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,142,725, 16 June 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Taron Egerton wears 53 different pairs of glasses throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

While the film implies that Elton John went to rehab outside of New York City (he storms out of Madison Square Garden and the NYC skyline is visible in the background as he arrives at the treatment center), he was actually treated at Parkside Lutheran Hospital in Chicago, which he has claimed was the only facility able to treat his multiple addictions simultaneously. See more »

Quotes

Elton John: [on a payphone] I'm... a homosexual... A poofter... A fairy... A queen...
[long silence]
Elton John: ... Well say something!
Sheila: Oh, for God's sake, I knew that. I've known for years.
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The film has a 'text ending'. It reveals that Elton John has been sober for 28 years and counting (but still has a problem with shopping), has established a successful aids charity that has raised over $400 million for HIV/ aids sufferers, is still friends with Bernie Taupin and has never had an argument with him, has finally found proper love with his now husband David Furnish, and has retired from making music in order to focus on raising his two sons. See more »


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Written by Reginald J Hargis, Edward Irons Jr. & Raymond Lincoln Ransom
Published by H&R Lastrada Music & administered by BMG Rights Management UK Ltd, a BMG Company
(c) 1976 Silver Cloud Music/Trolley Music for the world
Administered by Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd for the UK & Eire
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Performed by Brick
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
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Watford Rhapsody.
8 June 2019 | by bob-the-movie-manSee all my reviews

I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody very much - I really did. But I did get some stick for not giving it the full 10*'s: I gave it9*'s (which is still pretty good for me!). I think my main reservation was the sanitisation of Mercury's life. With "Rocketman" - a full-on musical based on the life of Reggie Dwight (aka Elton John) - the word sanitised doesn't enter into it!

It's an extraordinary life story. As a child, Reg had a talent - very nicely demonstrated in the film - for hearing a piece of music once and being able to reproduce it. As a teenager Reg (now played by Taron Egerton) meets Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), and a writing partnership of the quality of Lennon and McCartney is formed.

Dick James (Stephen Graham, so brilliant in Season 5 of "Line of Duty") is Elton's original manager, dismissive about many of the songs but canny enough to see the potential and send the pair to LA for a shot at fame. There Elton meets the gay empressario John Reid ("Bodyguard's" Richard Madden) and a business and personal relationship drives Elton into megastardom. But that all comes at a cost, as drink, drugs and sex become addictive.

The star turn is Taron Egerton's portrayal of Elton. It's extraordinary. It's so brilliant because its not really an impersonation: by the end of the film, he just *is* Elton. When we hear some of his classic songs, most notably his 'recording' of "Your Song", it's the Taron Egerton version that you hear... not some slavish attempt to recreate the single. And Egerton can sing!

But while Egerton deservedly gets a lot of the praise, he is supported by some really solid supporting performances: most notably Jamie Bell and Richard Madden. Bell's Taupin is a quiet supporting figure, never over-stepping his brief: he's arguably a bigger star than Egerton. Madden on the other hand - probably breaking womens' hearts the length of the country - has steamy sex scenes with Egerton but is otherwise fantastic portraying the controlling monster Reid.

Whis is surely a contender for a Costume Oscar. TThe costume department have a whale of a time with this film. But, after all, they have a huge back-catalog of historically outrageous material to work with! It's all brilliantly done by costume designer Julian Day, and adds greatly to the style and dynamics of the film.

Showing great directorial flair is Dexter Fletcher, famous for coming in and 'saving' "Bohemian Rhapsody" after a less than easy initial shoot with Bryan Singer. Here he's got full control from the get-go, and it shows. The opening of the film is a memorable entrance to a therapy session, and the use of that environment to frame the story is simply brilliant.

It's also not really a biopic with music but a musical framing a biopic. This might come as a shock to "La La Land" haters! But it's intriguing that - apart from some of the historical releases that frame the story - all of Elton's hits are scattered through the film without regard to release date. It's comical to see the reaction of Dick James to 90's hits back in the 70's!

Talking of which, another highspot is the memorable video for "I'm Still Standing" with Egerton cleverly CGI'd in.

The film is a UK 15-certificate, so if you are prudish, prepare to be offended by the homosexual sex and drugs usage. Elton recently commented that "I haven't led a PG-13 rated life," and he pushed that the film should not be diluted to appeal to a broader rating. That's a good decision.

An occasional feature of my blog are sightings of my son-in-law's brother, Paul Jones, who does a lot of film extra work. He's in "Rocketman" but it's not an obvious appearance! During recording of Elton playing "Bennie and the Jets", a call went out to the extras as to whether anyone could play the piano. Paul's hand went up first, so those are Paul Jones' hands - gaudy rings and all - playing the keys!

This will undoubtedly make my Top 10 of the year. I loved it. It's got all the heart of BoRhap, but has 10 times the soul. If you've not seen it yet, I heartily recommend it. How long will it be before I see another music biopic this good? I think it's gonna be a long long time...


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