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Rocketman (2019)

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

Director:

Dexter Fletcher

Writer:

Lee Hall
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »


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

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Trivia

The exterior footage of early 1970s LA during the Troubadour club era was stock 35 mm footage that was digitally cleaned up. It would have been far too impractical and expensive to redecorate parts of Sunset Boulevard in a 1970s style just for the few seconds of film required. See more »

Goofs

The phone next to the bed at Mama Cass' house is British - a GPO 722, which would not work in the US as among other things, it has the wrong kind of plug. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elton John: How long is this going to take?
Counselor: That's really up to you.
Elton John: Right then.
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Crazy Credits

Stills of Taron Egerton from scenes in the film are compared to real life images of Elton John throughout the end credits. See more »


Soundtracks

I'm Still Standing
Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Published by HST Publishing Ltd and Rouge Booze Inc.
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Produced by Giles Martin
Performed by Taron Egerton
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Rocketman > Bohemian Rhapsody
20 May 2019 | by Gresh854See all my reviews

Rocketman decides to focus on Elton John's character evolution more than anything else, chronicling his life from when he was a wee-little boy to his glory days as the colorfully decorated, piano-playing, musically blustering star. One detail I must address that really hoisted the exploration of John's life was, in reality, the "R" rating.

You get to see a respectful and psychological turn in his persona, you get to witness the heartbreaking "addictions" that he constantly forces himself into, you get to view the uncut collision of him dealing with his sexuality, and you even get to feel that loss of love that Elton had felt when he persistently questioned his relationship with peers. All of these affairs are dispensed without and blockades or any desires of censorship and I must commend the filmmakers for going about this risky decision.

And sure, Rocketman is arguably quite the corn-fest at times, but the movie is able to take these cheesy elements of the typical rockstar biopic and format it into a creative fashion that characterizes more charismatic and less repetitive exhibitions. Which brings me to my next point...

I am so pleased that Rocketman turned out to be a nearly full-on musical? I mean, it had to find some way to be different from Bohemian Rhapsody, right? Whenever a musical note comes on it's not just there for Elton John fan-a-holics. The songs always pertain to the presented events transpiring on screen. The methods they use to present the songs as well, offer some more than compulsive and devouring visuals. I also appreciated how they redid all the songs to fit the scenes in a more appropriate manner. It makes the film seem less like a compilation of Elton's original greatest-hits and more like a rendition of what each song means to the story.

Now, Taron Egerton's performance in this is...wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW. He is just bleeding with range and chaotic pizazz in this encapsulation of a contrasted human individual. If someone is worthy of an Oscar nomination this year, it's this guy.

Rocketman doesn't entirely rely on nostalgia like most of its kind does-that implying that sometimes it does, however-and most of its misfit adventures proved about in the story seem earned rather than glossed over at a maximum pace of negligence. Definitely check this one out, especially if you're an Elton John fan!


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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 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,725,722, 2 June 2019

Gross USA:

$96,368,160

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$195,179,299
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2.39 : 1
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