Taron Egerton on the rise of the Rocketman
If your soul needs energising and your mojo needs recharging, then the epic Rocketman is very much a must-see.
This musical journey is a warts-and-all account of Reginald Dwight’s journey from unknown-yet-ambitious backing musician to chart-topping, arena-filling Elton John.
And, refreshingly, the word is that it pulls no punches. Elton – a producer on the film – isn’t portrayed to be something he’s not. Has he been a diva down the years? You betcha. Yet because he’s a human being who makes mistakes, you’ll only warm to the man even more. And the fact he’s helped spawn some of the biggest bangers of all times helps. The haunting Your Song, the timelessly jaunty Crocodile Rock, the soul-scraping Sacrifice, the iconic Candle in the Wind, and so on.
From what we’ve heard, Bryce Dallas Howard shines in a supporting role as Elton’s mum, with Jamie Bell outstanding as lyricist (and Elton’s former lover) Bernie Taupin. Yet this is Taron Egerton’s movie, with his portrayal of the titular Rocketman being hailed as his finest performance in a, to date, relatively short, yet stellar career. After all, it’s a role that demands tears and cheers in equal measure. However, this should come with a warning: you will leave the cinema singing.
Rocketman is in cinemas nationwide from 22 May