Sunday, November 07, 2021

The vivid experience of "Rocketman"

The second biopic my student has written her MA thesis on – after "Bohemian Rhapsody" – is "Rocketman". If the former derives its energy from Queen's music, director Dexter Fletcher and writer Lee Hall tap the energy and imagination of Elton John's music and transform a biography into an experience. The songs become musical interludes that fuse Elton's biography and the imagery of Bernie Taupin's lyrics into one vivid set piece after another. The setting of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" is exemplary: it combines Elton's first public performance with a fairgrounds setting reminiscent of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" to move forward in time Kit Connor's adolescent Elton to Tagar Egerton's adult Elton. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 7 November 2021)

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