Blake Gill’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Burning out his fuse up here alone!”
Despite overly familiar sensitivities affiliated with the traditional narratives and overall formula of standard music biopics, ‘Rocketman’ (2019) offers an unexpectedly lively and stylistically fresh presentation in the form of a dreamlike musical fantasy that bestows the film a vibrant momentum and a magnanimous creative license unique to the biopic subgenre. Director Dexter Fletcher’s confident direction and narrative structure elevate the film’s tone and energy through well-choreographed musical numbers that assist in militating and driving the film’s story without feeling misplaced by integrating Elton John’s influential music as part of the film’s ostentatious disposition. However, its Taron Egerton’s encapsulating performance as the ornate Elton John that carries the entirety of the feature, displaying a diverse range in acting and outstanding musical talent through a distinct passion that echoes the titular character’s veraciously identical mannerisms and inflections while still making the role his own. ‘Rocketman’ (2019) is a fantastical spectacle that seamlessly blurs the line between reality and fiction to produce an exceptionally engaging, absolutely entertaining rock biopic that captures the vivacity and fearlessness of the acclaimed Elton John. Don’t wait a long, long time to check out ‘Rocketman’ (2019), a broad, flashy, yet personal musical biopic that is invigorated by its stylistic approach, making it an absolute blast. Thank you!