Wednesday, December 4, 2019


A biopic of Elton John, Rocketman is a serviceable but forgettable film noteworthy only for Taron Egerton performance in the title role. Other than admitting to the fact that Elton John was gay, came from bad parents, and struggled with drugs and alchol, the film doesn't offer much insight to his life. Oddly, the most memorable moments involving John's songwriting seem taken directly out of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. I honestly don't know if writer Lee Hall and director Dexter Fletcher wanted us to laugh with or at the film (I did plenty of both). Although there are certainly comparisons one can make in terms of story and style, Rocketman is less successful than Bohemian Rhapsody whose big musical numbers far outshine even the best moments here.

Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K, extras include deleted scenes, extended musical numbers, a sing-a-long version of the film, and some behind-the-scenes featurettes on the music, production, and Egerton's performance.

[Paramount, Blu-ray $22.99 / DVD $17.99 / 4K $29.99]

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