First Reactions To Elton John Biopic Rocketman Are Mostly Positive


Ever since 2015’s Straight Outta Compton proved that musical biopics can still pull their weight, Hollywood has capitalized on the genre. Last year saw the release of Bohemian Rhapsodywhich went on to win multiple Academy Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. On the heels of its success comes Rocketmana biographical musical starring British actor Taron Egerton that tells the story of Elton John’s life from his young years as a child prodigy all the way through to his successful career. Unsurprisingly, the movie also focuses on the singer’s struggles with depression and substance abuse, as well as his sexual orientation.

Earlier this week, Rocketman premiered at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, and so far, the response and reactions to the biopic/musical hybrid seem to be rather positive. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Keegan had nothing but good things to say, praising Egerton’s performance in particular. Taron, who’s best known for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel, worked closely with Elton John, and even had to sing and dance in front of the legendary musician.

Stuart Oldham, meanwhile, an editor for Variety, called Rocketman “fantastic,” praising the film for nailing the highs and lows of Elton’s life, and The Sun’s Dan Wootton was similarly full of praise.

While critical reception has mostly been positive, The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw was not completely accepting of Egerton’s performance, it seems, and Eric Kohn also wasn’t entirely keen on the film.

Thankfully, despite past reports that Paramount had been gunning to remove homosexual content from the film, it seems Rocketman doesn’t steer clear of Elton John’s sexuality. As The New York Times’ Kyle Buchanan notes, the movie isn’t shy when it comes to showcasing gay sex.

Even though it’s only premiered at Cannes, fans won’t have to wait long to watch it for themselves. The Dexter Fletcher-directed biopic is set to hit theaters later this month on May 31st. Considering how Bohemian Rhapsody released to mixed reviews – some critics took issue with the depiction of Freddie Mercury’s career and sexuality – we’re hopeful that Rocketman doesn’t play fast and loose with the life and times of Elton John.