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|Genre:||Music movie, Drama|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 121 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
England in the wild, but also very prudish 1960s: Reginald Dwight (Taron Egerton) grows up as a normal boy in a suburb of London. The inconspicuous boy finds the love that his father denies him in music. But as comfortable as he feels at the piano, he is unable to express his feelings in words. But then a fateful encounter occurs in London when Reginald meets the young lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). It is the beginning of a unique friendship and musical collaboration that should lead to some of the greatest pop songs of our time. When Reginald changed his name to Elton John, his collaboration with Bernie quickly bore golden fruit. Worldwide number 1 hits, sold out tours and a rain of awards follow. Elton John becomes the idol of an entire generation with his music and his increasingly dazzling appearance. But soon he has to find out: if you fly high, you can also fall low. And this also applies to Rocketman…
After director Dexter Fletcher had already staged a few scenes of the mega blockbuster "Bohemian Rhapsody", he now adds "Rocketman": In the mixture of musical and biopic, Fletcher pays tribute to the great Elton John. In close coordination with Elton John himself, Taron Egerton was chosen for the leading role. Egerton already appeared in front of the camera as "Eddie the Eagle" for Fletcher. The special challenge for Egerton was not only to look and move like Elton John, but also to sing all the songs of the master himself. And he masters this challenge with bravura.
Since the film is more of a musical than a classic biopic, some of the songs have been completely rearranged to fit the context. For example, "Goodbye Yellow-Brick Road" becomes a very emotional dialogue between Elton and Bernie Taupin or "I want love" becomes a desperate cry for help from a little boy who wants to be loved by his daddy. This structure alone and the embedding of the songs as part of the story makes "Rocketman" very different from movies like "Bohemian Rhapsody". He had been accused of having hidden some particularly dark chapters from the life of singer Freddie Mercury. This is not the case here, even though Fletcher fortunately refrains from an overly striking presentation. In the USA there was the infamous R rating for it and in Russia the film was even shortened. Elton John himself said: "Sorry, but I just haven't led a youth-free life."
Visual, acting and of course very special musically "Rocketman" is great cinema. There's nothing to criticize. I personally - who by the way is a big fan of Elton John - missed a big emotional highlight. While the Live Aid sequence of "Bohemian Rhapsody" gave me a real goose bump, this one didn't really want to come up here - just a little bit in the scene where Elton composed "Your Song", one of the most beautiful love songs of all time. But that is truly whining at a high level. Because with everything that the movie does right, the few small criticisms are really only marginally noticeable. All in all applies to this musical love letter: Absolutely worth seeing!
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