“Rocketman,” Elton John’s biography presented as a fantasy musical, showcase not only Taron Egerton’s surprisingly exceptional talent as a singer. It also confirmed Dexter Fletcher’s excellent abilities to combine drama and music to depict the ups and downs in Elton John’s colourful career as an internationally famous rock star.
Taron Redeems His Acting Career after Failing as Robin Hood
Taron Egerton, in his portrayal of the legendary folk hero Robin Hood, failed to impress critics and moviegoers as a credible action star. Many even more doubted his ability to carry out a role that demands portrayal of an iconic but gay rock legend. Was Egerton the right choice in delivering the role, in the same depth as Rami Malek had so successfully done in portraying Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody?.”
All doubts were erased after seeing Egerton’s perfect assumption of a role that belongs to a real-life complex character, whom fans forgave for anything. The young Welsh actor quickly redeemed his acting career, and his Robin Hood act was completely forgotten.
Egerton shone by showing the aspects that endeared Elton John to millions, not by coming on as an Elton John impersonator, but as if the real Elton John is playing himself in the movie. Taron Egerton, using his own singing voice sounded and moved in nearly the same way as the rock star did in the height of his fame.
Dexter Fletcher Showed Natural Flair for Directing Rockstar-Themed Movies
Former actor turned director Dexter Fletcher considered “Bohemian Rhapsody” a his boot camp for directing movies about rockstars. Yet it served the movie right, because Fletcher so successfully assumed control of the filming, he was instrumental in bringing the most number of awards for BR in the 2019 Oscar. Fletcher took on the directorial job after 20th Century Fox Film axed Bryan Singer for doing haphazard work on the movie.
Dexter Fletcher is once again in the limelight, and is basking in praises for his complete directorial job of “Rocketman.” Unlike “Bohemian Rhapsody, which used hit Queen songs to highlight the episodic moments that made the rockband and its vocalist famous, Rocketman, was completely an Elton John musical biopic.
The relatively new director gave a balanced presentation of every important event in Elton John’s life. Starting from the rock icon’s childhood as a lonely only child; showing incredible talent as a piano prodigy that was not at all appreciated by his father.
Rather than dwell long on that particular drama, Fletcher allowed the lonely child Reginald Dwight to grow fast enough. He instantly becomes a dissatisfied member of a mediocre band, who by some turn of events, gets to team up with an equally unknown lyricist named Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell).
Dexter made the movie romp with energy with his timely incorporations of musical scenes using John and Taupin’s original songs, whilst continuing with the storytelling. The young adult Reginald Dwight transforms as the avant-garde dresser Elton John. Every musical scene at this point cemented John and Taupin’s lifelong friendship, especially when they established their international success via their first chart-busting musical collaboration, “Your Song.”
Fletcher made transitions to episodes in which John signs up John Reid (Richard Madden aka GoT’s Robb Stark) as his manager, and later his first lover. He was able to refrain from diluting the musical biopic with too much nudity and sex scenes between the two heterosexual actors, Egerton and Madden.
Fletcher’s handling of episodes showing Elton John’s years of turning to alcohol and drugs made the audience feel empathy. After all, Reginald Dwight was a lonely child, whose father never showed support or even acknowledgment of his success as a legendary rockstar. Through Fletcher’s directorial job, Elton John’s fans felt justified for being loyal and in forgiving him with his suicide attempts to end the roller-coaster life he led under Reid’s greedy management.