“Rocketman” is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.
We’ll be perfectly blunt here. We didn’t have a very good reaction to this trailer; not initially, anyway.
Take in all that gloriously tacky seventiesness while we gather our thoughts:
Initially, we were put off by two things: Taron Egerton’s singing and Taron Egerton’s inherent babeness, which can’t be entirely quashed with the use of bald wigs and horribly unflattering eyewear. Without getting too much into physical comparisons, at least part of Elton John’s struggles in his younger years came from a chronic desire to be loved and desired. He was never particularly secure about his looks, which helped fuel both his intense artistry and his outrageous sense of style. At first, we were a bit put off by some of these scenes, which looked like a good-looking guy doing an Elton John impersonation – which they are, on a certain level.
But after a considerable number of rewatches, we can see that this isn’t meant to be a conventional biopic. It’s clear that there’s a fantasy aspect and that documentary-like realism shouldn’t be expected, which intrigues us a bit. And given Elton’s involvement in it, the casting of a very good looking young man to play him is just so quintessentially Elton in the end. As for the singing, it’s good, but it’s not quite nailing it. Again, that may be a feature and not a bug of this film, given what we’re seeing.
[Stills: Paramount Pictures via Tom and Lorenzo – Video Credit: Paramount Pictures via YouTube.com]