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It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman.



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ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story -- set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton -- tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother.


Taron Egerton
as Elton John
Jamie Bell
as Bernie Taupin
Richard Madden
as John Reid
Matthew Illesley
as Young Reggie
Kit Connor
as Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe
as Ray Williams
Evan Walsh
as Elton Dean
Tate Donovan
as Doug Weston
Stephen Graham
as Dick James
Aston McAuley
as Dave Godin
Carl Spencer
as Richard
Jimmy Vee
as Arthur
David Doyle
as Pub Man 1
Diana Alexandra Pocol
as Mary the Receptionist
Eddie Mann
as Band Member
Josh McClorey
as New Bluesology Band Member
Micah Holmes
as LA Transgender Maid
Charles Armstrong
as Mr. Anderson
Barbara Drennan
as Mrs. Anderson
Jason Sellars
as MC/Drag Queen
Graham Fletcher
as Cook-Maitre D'
Sian Crisp
as Waitress
Alex James
as Phelps-Young Guy
Alison Ball
as LA Party Girl
Danielle Scott
as LA Party Girl
Benjamin Lok
as Parkland Patiente
Dempsey Bovell
as Parkland Patiente
Max Croes
as Venus Valentine
Natalie Adams
as Parkland Patient
Pete McCabe
as Parkland Patient
Rebecca Davis
as Parkland Patient
Titilayo Abiola
as Parkland Patient
Ross Dawes
as Parkland Patient
Alexa Povah
as Parkland Patient
ark Atkin
as Parkland Patient
Nia Towle
as Sushi Girl
Sarah Sharman
as Backing Singer
Mariela Silva
as Elton's Friend/Dancer
Amanda Smith
as Punter's Wife
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  • Oct 05, 2019
    Falls prey to a lot of the typical biopic cliches and the ending is a little too sentimental but for long stretches its a fun musical anchored by Egerton's performance.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2019
    It's as dazzling, melodic and deep as its musical subject. Rocketman displays the worldwide-sensation in an intimate light that's both emotional and spectacular with all of its glorious noteworthy-numbers and a truly remarkable performance from Taron Egerton. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2019
    Rocketman tries to walk a line between the paint-by-numbers musician biopic bog standard, and epic musical fantasy. A lot of the time when a movie tries to be a blend of two things, it ends up being neither. Rocketman, conversely, ends up being both, just never at the same time. It's basically two movies, and that epic musical fantasy movie I was talking about that's in there, that's a great movie. Unfortunately, the other one, is not so much. I'm still gonna come away giving it a recommendation, because there is enough in there to mean that I enjoyed it, especially in the core casting, all of which is great, not least Egerton. But I was little disappointed, not because my expectations were too high going in or anything, but because every time Rocketman began to slip into a euphoric high, it was moments later wrenched back to, well... Reality, I guess. Albeit a reality we only see on a movie screen. And we see on every movie screen when it's a musician biopic. I mean, this is Elton John we're talking about, if there was ever a moment to reject the mundane and fully embrace the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy it was here. But Rocketman just kind of Awkward Christian Camp Side Hugs the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2019
    Love the music ...dislike the man. Rocketman failed to launch thanks to the misfiring of timelines and the acting. The levitation of EJ and the audience at the Troubadour was truly embarrassing. How did Bernie put up with this for 50 years? (6-15-19)
    John C Super Reviewer

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