Rocketman ★★★★

Really enjoyable. Taran Egerton is excellent - frankly, it's a MUCH better performance than Romy Malik's in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, even if it won't get the same accolades. Egerton does a number of great things here. He NAILS the emotional stuff. He sings (a big step up from RHAPSODY's lip syncing). He dances. He has energy and he makes Elton John into a real, sympathetic character (something the real Elton John rarely does). The fantastical, musical nature of the film allow the inconsistencies and downright falsehoods to be more acceptable than RHAPSODY's more straightforward, bio-pic approach. And while it does have one moment (the Crocodile Rock sequence) that approaches the eye-rolling stupidity of RHAPSODY's Live Aid sequence, it's handled in a way in which we are meant to know that what we are seeing is not meant to be taken literally (unlike Queen's single-handed saving of Live Aid and, indeed, Africa). I liked it more than I thought I would.