Caleb’s review published on Letterboxd:
"There are moments in a rock star's life that define who he is. Where there is darkness, there is now you, and it's going to be a wild ride."
As someone who hardly listens to Elton John, this sure made me want to listen to him more often. Directed by Dexter Fletcher who took over the duties for troubled director Bryan Singer during Bohemian Rhapsody, this film is a mixture of fantasy and formula that works very well. It's at its weakest when it overtly attempts to check off the necessities of a biopic, but it's at its highest point when it turns into a musical, and there are a couple of amazing musical numbers at that.
The Best Actor Oscar race may well be over right now, for Taron Egerton gives 110% of himself into the role. As it's clear the relationship between the real life counterpart and the actor is quite lovely, but what's more is how honest the portrayal is. The film opens up, quite literally, with a tired Elton John spilling his beans to his group about his tumultuous life, and it would be hard not to get immediately captivated. Egerton is fabulous, for sure, but so is Jamie Bell. Bell has always been a reliable guy, but he really has a good long shot at a Supporting Actor nom. He's fantastic in this, and the chemistry between Egerton and Bell are really palpable.
Overall, this film is a hard hitting biopic that's surprisingly honest and a complete endorsement from Elton John himself. I just wanted more of these fantastical sequences and less of the conventional scenes, but I'll take this. A great time is a guarantee at this point, and Egerton can sing, that's for sure.