And let me just say…Rocketman is FABULOUS!!!
I laughed, I cried, I sang, I danced in my seat, and I reveled in the memories.
No, it’s not your typical biopic. Anything but. “Based on a true fantasy” as the movie poster bills it. I’d say they hit that nail on the head.
To be honest, I was nervous that the movie would disappoint. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had seen Bohemian Rhapsody and loved it. But having seen the Rocketman trailer, I knew this would be quite a different experience.
It was fun, it was moving, it was heartbreaking, it was visually stunning, it took my breath away, it was mesmerizing, it was brutally honest. And it was everything I could have hoped it to be and then some.
Just so you know, it is not historically accurate, especially when you consider the timeline of the songs. Nor did he choose the name Elton John for John Lennon. And I can’t attest to the veracity of how his family and friends are represented. But that doesn’t really matter. It’s a moving story, one that will make you respect the man, his genius – and his strength.
As of this writing, I have seen Rocketman 5 times. And yes, it has been said that I am crazy, but I can live with that. For the record (no pun intended):
- May 18: By myself
- May 30: With my husband
- May 31: With my sister
- June 1: With my sister, her sister-in-law, and my nephew
- June 29: With my friend
I am pleased to report that – even after being out for a month – the theater was pretty full (if not completely full) on each and every showing. And everyone I saw the movie with loved it, too.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I think Taron Egerton is absolutely amazing. If he isn’t nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, let alone if he doesn’t win it, I will be sorely disappointed. Not only did he do a tremendous job acting, but his vocals were (Captain) fantastic. WOW!
One last thought, borrowed from Bernie, of course:
And yea I’ve seen your movie
And I read it in your book
The truth just flew off every page
Your songs have all the hooks
You’re seven wonders rolled in one
You shifted gears to cruise
Oh you came to town in headlines
And eight hundred dollar shoes
So there you have it. That’s my review. If you haven’t seen Rocketman yet, you must! And, if you have seen it (or you do go see it), what did you think?