So I went off to the cinema again last night to watch yet another film -becoming a real cinemaphile.
The usual gang of family and friends with a couple more. enjoying our recliner seats in anticipation of what was to come.
This time we watched Rocketman which was a biopic of Elton John.
Having watched the biopic of Queen (my favourite band)- Bohemian Rhapsody, this was a chance to make comparisons
The premise (SPOILER alert) starts in a therapy group whereby Elton John begins his story as the young Reg Dwight and through his childhood, growing adolescence ,meeting Bernie Taupin (lyricist) finding stardom,becoming Elton John, his hidden homosexuality and how he ended up trying to ‘conform’ with the perceived norms whilst being outrageous and how it nearly destroyed him.
The film is not shy in pulling punches and there is a warning around drug use, swearing and sexuality before you watch.
As one of my fellow watchers noted “my bum went numb” as I was transfixed and didn’t realise that 2 hours had gone by.
Analysing the film, it showed the childlike vulnerability due to perceived and real rejection, leading to him overcompensating in life for his feelings whereby he lacked real love.
The story moved along at a fair pace, and was different in style from Bohemian Rhapsody.
The character of Jim Reid who was Elton’s (and Queen’s) manager and also lover, played a big part and it was interesting to show the predatory element of the relationship by Reid compared to Bohemian Rhapsody with Queen. This reinforced some of the ‘headlines I have seen growing up about Reid and his shady dealings/ narcissistic actions.
It was interesting that the songs narrated his life were not in chronological order but this didn’t detract from enjoying them.
The screenplay is by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot writer) not my friend Lee and there are well known actors-too many to list
Safe to say that I enjoyed the film
9 out of 10