Coming Soon: Rocketman

Becky Aurit

The art of choosing a trailer is a complex one. Sometimes I spend a lot of time picking a movie that fits with the theme of the week. Occasionally, a preview gets so much attention that it just can't be ignored. This week the choice was easy, though. I had to go with the preview that is constantly played during my favorite reality shows, otherwise known as the "stop complaining to my husband and start complaining to Fantasy Movie League" option.


This week I watched the trailer for the upcoming Elton John bopic, "Rocketman."


Rocketman shows the story of Elton John's life, from his humble beginnings as music student named Reginald Dwight, to the creation of his Elton John persona, which eventually leads to his international fame.


When I first saw the preview for "Rocketman," my reaction was that it looked a lot like "Bohemian Rhapsody." A lot. Then I learned it was directed by Dexter Fletcher, who was responsible for saving "Bohemian Rhapsody" after Bryan Singer was fired, so the comparison made sense. Like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Rocketman" seems to be mostly about having fun and listening to Elton John's music, rather than going deep into his life story. The trailer does touch on Elton John's addiction and sexual identity a bit, so it is possible that the full movie will have a bit more substance than expected.


One thing that I liked about the trailer for "Rocketman" is that they did a great job recreating Elton John's famous costumes. As John evolves his persona, they show him discovering things like his signature platform shoes and over-the-top eyewear. At the close of the preview they show Elton john wearing his famous bedazzled baseball uniform at Dodger Stadium. If anything can actually make baseball exciting, it is rhinestones.


The music is fun as well, and they capture a lot of Elton John's greatest hits. While researching the movie, I learned that Taron Egerton actually sings the songs in the film, rather than lip synching. That is pretty impressive since he actually sounds like Elton John, and the quality is quite good.


I do have to admit that I have spent a few weeks calling this movie "that Elton John movie with Baby Driver." Of course, Taron Egerton is actually the guy from "Kingsman: The Secret Service," while "Baby Driver" is played by Ansel Elgort. This is probably a good thing, since I was concerned about "Baby Driver" faking an English accent for a whole movie.


"Rocketman" is in theaters the weekend of May 31-June 2. Given the comparisons with "Bohemian Rhapsody," the real question for Fantasy Movie League players is whether the proximity of the two films will help or hurt "Rocketman" at the box office.



Watch the trailer for "Rocketman" on YouTube

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