When I see a Biopic about a famous celebrity, in this case Elton John with the new film “Rocketman”, I am often reminded of one of Tony Robbins most famous phrases, “Success leaves clues”. Its true that success leaves clues, but so does failure, alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, suicide and so many human afflictions. In the case of Elton John, look no further than his two disaster parents to understand that every problem he had in life was a direct result of both his parents. I thought while watching this movie and seeing the constant abuse and disdain both of Elton’s parents showed him during his childhood and even after he became hugely successful, is that Elton John succeeded both because of and despite them.
The movie Rocketman does a very good job showing how difficult it is to succeed in the music business and once you have made it, how impossible it can be to stay on top. The constant touring, so many people making money from your talent and the stress to write new songs and perform them around the world. Throughout Elton John’s entire career, his song writing partner has been Bernie Taupin, and without each other, neither artist would have reached their unmatched success with so many great songs for so many decades.
One unusual thing about this film is the Broadway musical moments that for me seemed misplaced in a movie like this, perhaps this was because of Elton John’s suggestions. The star of this movie is upcoming actor Taron Egerton, who is so good in this role, including singing as well as acting that he has a shot at winning an Academy Award, like Rami Malek did last year with the outstanding film “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Rocketman are a very high 90% and I agree with this rating and highly recommend this very good film.