Boof65’s review published on Letterboxd:
With Rocketman coming hot on the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody, comparisons between the Elton John and Freddie Mercury biopics were always going to be drawn. Both films focus on flamboyant personalities who have shaped modern music and pop culture as we know it, both explore the excesses and pitfalls of sudden fame and both centre around the quest for personal identity and inner contentment in a crazy, crazy world.
Personally I found Bo Rhap to be the more powerful and satisfying film overall, but stylistically Rocketman is a far more bold and challenging viewing experience, tackling some dark underlying themes within a more traditional movie musical context, at times reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin have produced some of the most influential songs of the modern era, and the sheer quantity of hits included on the soundtrack is staggering. I loved the way that the lyrics were incorporated into the story as it unfolded.
Taron Egerton is fast establishing himself as a genuine star with talent to burn, while Jamie Bell is surely one of the most under-utilised and under-appreciated actors in cinema today - He lights up the screen as Bernie Taupin and goes close to out-shining Egerton in a far less gregarious role.
All we need now is a Rod Stewart biopic to complete the holy trinity of 70s & 80s excess.