The optimism of the film, its passion and its beauty still carry us several hours after the viewing, even if we cannot forget its flaws.
Elton John is a fascinating character, a music legend who deserved a biographical film worthy of his talent and extravagance.Despite the enormous efforts of Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman is probably not the grandiloquent work that was hoped for for him.
The choice to make a musical to portray Elton John’s tormented life came from the heart.The singer with flamboyant outfits and theatrical attitude fits perfectly in this kind of playful production. Unfortunately, the effect is not entirely successful. Song and dance sequences intertwine with drama scenes. The characters appropriate the lyrics of the songs, making some pieces a little too literal. This interpretation of “I Want Love” by his father, mother, grandmother and himself when he was just a kid leaves us perplexed, even if we grasp the intent behind the proposal.
Despite everything, the director Dexter Fletcher dared to propose something different, daredevil and unbridled; we certainly cannot blame him for his lack of audacity…
The story is told by Elton John as he finds himself in rehab with other alcoholics and drug addicts. The character recounts the highlights of his life in order to heal from his addictions and free himself from his demons.A linear feature film, without any form of narration, might have been beneficial in this case since these regular returns to the AA room compromise the rhythm of the ensemble. Then, even if they were the starting point of his demise, Elton’s parents could have taken less place in the film. At some point, it becomes a little Freudian as an invoice.
Impossible not to applaud, however, the exceptional work of Taron Egerton who embodies with many nuances the amazing protagonist. Through his multicoloured game, he makes us go through a whole range of emotions. There is a great deal of respect for the character when you watch this feature film, and it’s largely because the main actor transcends the screen. It must be said that Jamie Bell also offers a brilliant performance under the traits of the author Bernie Taupin, faithful collaborator of John since his beginnings. Their complicity is touching and beautiful.
The catchy music and the completely crazy outfits of the hero propel us into a shimmering universe whose glitter passes through the screen to stick to our skin. The optimism of the film, its passion and its beauty still carry us several hours after the viewing, even if we cannot forget its flaws.