ROCKETMAN 15

There have been a lot of great musical films recently, not least A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody - both shown at Oakwood Cinema. Telling the story of Elton John, Rocketman is very different to either film - a little more honest and frank than the Freddie Mercury biopic, a little more surreal and fun than A Star is Born. Rocketman stars Taron Egerton (Eddie the Eagle, Kingsman) who gives a wonderful and full-on performance as Elton, although Jamie Bell and Richard Madden are also great in support.

Interestingly, the director of Rocketman is Dexter Fletcher, who rescued Bohemian Rhapsody when he took the helm after Bryan Singer exited the project. Fletcher also directed the excellent Sunshine on Leith, so maybe he has a particular talent for musical films. Backed up by a wonderful back catalogue of fantastic songs, Rocketman manages to be fun, moving and (at times) hard hitting.

Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “Egerton is a virtuoso who does his own singing and busts his own moves. While Dexter Fletcher fuels this musical fantasia with pinwheeling ingenuity, Egerton is the one who gives its heart. It’s more than a little bit funny how a great piece of acting can knock the hell out of tainted preconceptions.”

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