Rocketman

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It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman.

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ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story -- set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton -- tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother.

Cast

Taron Egerton
as Elton John
Jamie Bell
as Bernie Taupin
Richard Madden
as John Reid
Matthew Illesley
as Young Reggie
Kit Connor
as Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe
as Ray Williams
Evan Walsh
as Elton Dean
Tate Donovan
as Doug Weston
Stephen Graham
as Dick James
Aston McAuley
as Dave Godin
Carl Spencer
as Richard
Jimmy Vee
as Arthur
David Doyle
as Pub Man 1
Diana Alexandra Pocol
as Mary the Receptionist
Eddie Mann
as Band Member
Josh McClorey
as New Bluesology Band Member
Micah Holmes
as LA Transgender Maid
Charles Armstrong
as Mr. Anderson
Barbara Drennan
as Mrs. Anderson
Jason Sellars
as MC/Drag Queen
Graham Fletcher
as Cook-Maitre D'
Sian Crisp
as Waitress
Alex James
as Phelps-Young Guy
Alison Ball
as LA Party Girl
Danielle Scott
as LA Party Girl
Benjamin Lok
as Parkland Patiente
Dempsey Bovell
as Parkland Patiente
Max Croes
as Venus Valentine
Natalie Adams
as Parkland Patient
Pete McCabe
as Parkland Patient
Rebecca Davis
as Parkland Patient
Titilayo Abiola
as Parkland Patient
Ross Dawes
as Parkland Patient
Alexa Povah
as Parkland Patient
ark Atkin
as Parkland Patient
Nia Towle
as Sushi Girl
Sarah Sharman
as Backing Singer
Mariela Silva
as Elton's Friend/Dancer
Amanda Smith
as Punter's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Rocketman

All Critics (366) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (326) | Rotten (40)

  • It's Taron Egerton as Elton John who carries and sells the film -- often backwards and in platform heels. Wild as it may sound to approach such a mercurial and marvelous character with beautiful restraint, Egerton's performance is meticulously calibrated.

    February 3, 2020 | Full Review…

    Erin Keane

    Salon.com
    Top Critic
  • Really, on the basis of "Rocketman," you'd think Elton John never had a moment of fun.

    June 12, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • "Rocketman" is far from a drama of introspection-and, unfortunately, Egerton's performance, as directed by Fletcher, doesn't add to the protagonist's inner life.

    June 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Rocketman has unusual dramatic heft for a jukebox musical, but that's a big curve on which to grade - the characters are still skin-deep.

    June 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Rocketman never quite finds the wild momentum its characters seem to chase around in all those musical numbers.

    May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jeffrey Bloomer

    Slate
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  • If you need somebody to recount the rise of a British rock god from pallid suburbia to the baroque extremes of fame, and to create a stir without causing too much of a fuss, Fletcher is your man.

    May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rocketman

  • Jan 07, 2020
    I know a person should have a clear head while writing a review.....but if not for the admiration of Elton John and his songs, the rating would have been lower. Don't get me wrong though : the movie is good, but not Good enough to be nominated for G.G.'s Best picture. Same goes for Egerton's performance, and It seems like the HollywoodForeign Press Association has the same love for for Elton to give him best actor amongst the likes of Craig, Di Caprio and Murphy. Some scenes were fantastic though, noting the crocodile rock performance at the troubadour for one, but the film mainly focused on Elton's rise to fame, his love interests and drug addictions in the 80s. This is a definite recommendation for fans, but I'm not entirely sure neutrals will have the same admiration for the picture.
    Raja N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2019
    Not nearly as satisfying as Bohemian Rhapsody but well done and paints the story of Elton John through musical numbers. Taron Edgerton gives a brave no hold barred portrayal of a one of a kind talent who had many demons. The supporting cast is strong but this is Edgerton's movie all the way. The fantasy sequences can get over the top but I am glad I saw it. 11-29-2019
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2019
    Falls prey to a lot of the typical biopic cliches and the ending is a little too sentimental but for long stretches its a fun musical anchored by Egerton's performance.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2019
    It's as dazzling, melodic and deep as its musical subject. Rocketman displays the worldwide-sensation in an intimate light that's both emotional and spectacular with all of its glorious noteworthy-numbers and a truly remarkable performance from Taron Egerton. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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