There’s no shortage of music bio-pics to choose from. The premise seems like a slam dunk – get a bunch of people in a theater to hear the songs they love over an amazing sound-system and get the back story from these beloved pop culture icons they’ve grown-up with! While many suffer from inaccuracies in the name of artistic license and speeding up the pace, to the point where it detracts from the cinematic experience as a whole, the genre has met its perfect dance partner in Elton John and Rocketman.
While *not* a remake of 1997 Harland Williams classic, instead Rocketman treats us to the dramatized life of Elton John set to the tune of his many classics. The reason so many biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody and All Eyez On Me suffer is exactly why Rocketman works. John’s music and over-the-top aesthetic leans directly into the lane of gorgeous set pieces and maximum absurdity. The highest highs, the lowest lows, it’s all here and while John’s music makes it go down easy, Taron Egerton‘s masterful performance as the singer not only reminds us how we fell in love with Elton in the first place, but why we’ve continued to stay by his side through it all.
By embracing the source material in such a way, I don’t think it’s a stretch to call Rocketman the greatest music biopic ever made. What it may lack it facts, it more than makes up for in truths – giving us the full Elton experience in one fun carnival ride of a theater visit. It’s a must see.