Rocketman (2019) - Biography, Drama, Music

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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell
Length: 121 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 109 out of 943 found boring (11.55%)

One-line Reviews (401)

And we get to sit front row as he details his early sexual confusion, his desire to be loved, his early professional frustration, and finally a career that exploded - covering him with money, adoration, stress, and more frustration.

With vibrant, passionate and dazzling energy from beginning to end, Rocketman sets a new gold standard for the music biopic, brilliantly blending a riveting true story with inventive and dizzyingly entertaining musical shenanigans throughout, not to mention a fantastic lead performance from Taron Egerton, and stunning directing from Dexter Fletcher that brings it all together into one delightful and endlessly enthralling whirlwind.

This film was absolutely breathtaking!!

While a few scenes are hard to watch overall this is a highly interesting and entertaining account of Elton John's life, and Egerton is superb, what I will call a "Best Actor" quality of performance.

Taron is a good actor - quite intense.

Not so much a biopic as a musical fantasy, allowing the film to cleverly avoid accusations of being a "true story" with numerous historical inaccuracies (which it certainly has), or being a formulaic jukebox musical that trots out loads of popular hits (which it certainly does); music and image have a life of its own here, shattering the constrains of reality, informing the emotion and experience of its flamboyant protagonist, and giving the familiar songs new context and fresh voice (Egerton did his own singing).

Unsurprisingly the film has the feel of Billy Elliot, also written by Lee Hall, with a gorgeous rousing bop through the mean streets of middle-class Pinner.

Dreary, dull, disappointing take on a story that's been done to death in so many fame Is A Monster stories before.

It has a masterful weaving of fact with fantasy and - as you might expect from a film about Elton John - there are a number of hugely enjoyable musical set pieces.

Bernie Taupin as well as Elton's parents make fascinating supporting characters with far more depth and complexity than supporting characters in similar films.

A Stunning Biopic .

That will be far more interesting than "Rocketman" was, so save your money and skip "Rocketman", and I say this as somebody who's loved Elton John and his music for decades.

Having random instances of each are very confusing and they don't work well in the way they're are presented.

Nonetheless, the highly-stylized musical numbers, along with the sheer amount of unexpected weirdness, make Rocketman fly above its banal shortcomings.

In a depressed life, he encountered an unpredictable love.

Had to do what he could with a banal script Far better is bohemian rhapsody.

Then, when Elton is taken to the hospital and the technicians break into song and lift Elton up into the air, I almost walked out.

Was so boring, almost walked out.

EDITING/FLOW: It made the story feel disjointed at times.

The most successful is the title number, which is realised in an entirely unexpected, totally effective way.

The performances are incredible and music numbers thrilling.

Taron Egerton nails it completely in the lead conveying his egocentricities, yet vulnerablities, and flamboyant style while Jamie Bell (who is undoubtedly coming of age in his recent roles) is excellent as the words behind the songs, and 'brother' Bernie Taupin.

This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, regardless of if you are an Elton John fan.

It is not a masterpiece but it is raw, entertaining and definitely a window into one of music's largest personalities.

Lee Hall's screenplay follows the contrived formula usually found in most bio-pics by showing the highs and lows of Elton John's personal story and expansive career: a child prodigy, unloving parents, a doting grandma, a caring music partner, a destructive relationship with his first lover/ manager, the typical drugs, sex, and rock and roll, etc. The story goes from Point A to Point B in a very predictable manner.

A super entertaining film that makes you feel you're on Broadway watching a musical theatrical play.

But "Rocketman" is still a powerful and enjoyable film.

" A wonderfully enjoyable 8 out of ten

A well shot and compelling movie about Elton John's rise to stardom and his international stardom.

The first half of the movie is mostly light and entertaining, the second half more dark and tragic, as we see Elton John spiral into a drug and alcohol use that could have killed him.

His high notes were breathtaking!

Pacing is also slightly on the slower side, especially in the second half.

Definitely worth watching in the cinemas.

Dexter Fletcher is a truly amazing director and the screenplay was also written beautifully, keeping the viewer on the edge, something not often experienced in biographies.

But still, Rocketman views as a pleasant film, worth watching for the sake of discovery of this man's heart, pains, and achievements.

Worth the watch!

'Rocketman' was not a perfect film, but on the most part it was thoroughly enjoyable and at its best dazzlingly executed when seeing it in the cinema earlier this year.

The musical moments are entertaining and it doesn't feel like John was interfering with the narrative in any way - in fact, it seems as though it would be quite painful for him to watch.

Under the overhead shot, on the empty airport runway, the baggage-carrying vehicle passed slowly around, silently, and the light sprinkled on the ground.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Overall, Rocketman is an entertaining film and I was surprised to find the film was actually a musical which I wasn't expecting.

But the film is entertaining, and sensitive, and a pleasure to watch and listen to.

So boring and stupid.

Taron Egerton was fine and I love Elton's music but it is boring to watch another musician doing drugs like in every other biopic.

Everyone on screen is great, especially Egerton (which is, incidentally, another cliché of the genre).

So, so boring.

I could have maybe accepted that if there was some good acting but this guy is one of the most bland actors I've ever seen.

He shows both the intense vulnerability of Elton John the man, and the bravura of Elton-John, the bedecked on-stage megastar.

Still, like how Yesterday (2019) was a bland realization of a great idea, at least it and Rocketman contain some excellent musical scores.

Both have their flaws, but both, in the end, are remarkably entertaining.

Very good biopic , with a stunning performance by Taron Egerton :the most successful artist of the first half of the seventies really comes alive ;many songs are included and it is a well-chose menu : they fit into the action quite well ,particularly "tiny dancer" and the title song ,perhaps the highlight of the whole movie .

Inventive, creative, exciting, whacky, moving, funny, touching, saddening and uplifting.

Boring .

A stunning and dazzling cinematic marvel, and nothing less.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it brought back many great memories of 1970s and 1980s parties accompanied by Elton's distinctive songs, and a couple of wonderful concerts from that era and later.

Elton's story is a fascinating one.

What a deep, sweet, entertaining movie, with many levels and nuances.

It's extremely predictable, and while it felt like Bohemian Rhapsody in many ways, it was most reminiscent in its one-dimensional supporting characters who had no development and whose ultimate relevance to the main character was obvious from the start (especially the manager who seems like he's his friend and then clearly doesn't care about him, that felt literally identical).

Most importantly - the costume and set design for this movie could not have been better, and when they close the movie (to an awe inspiring rendition of I'm Still Standing) the side by side shots of the outfits in film and reality - the greatness truly shines through.

Dazzling presentation of a cliche .

A gripping tale of one of music's biggest icons.

There's never any spark that makes the movie interesting, Some scenes are downright clumsy: the scene that runs through the movie of John at an AA meeting seems pretty implausible and contrived and merely there as a means for John to tell his life story.

Bohemian Rhapsody was drawn out and poorly structured, in this case Rocketman was messy and jumbled, jumping from scene to scene.

Save your money, watch something better.

I was somewhat bored by the second half, but the first half was engaging.

It's a damn shame the story was mangled by this waste of time by all involved.

You will be treated to an exciting journey of self-discovery, heartache, suffering and healing with both fist pumping and candle swinging musical numbers.

The fantasy elements make it fun and over the top (just like the man himself) and Dexter Fletcher's directing is stunning.

Boring story.

Very well done, highly entertaining ...

I came away from Rocketman an entertaining well done film both raving about Egerton's superb performance and realizing and respecting anew Elton John's spectacular talent as a performer and songwriter with Bernie Taupin's talent as a lyricist.

If you're going to watch this movie I'd say watch it if you're and Elton John fan, enjoy musicals or just really bored.

The tendency to blame others for hurt feelings was cheep, while the outright grab at the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' spotlight, is tastelessly self-indulgent.

The way he portrays emotions, the look in his eyes, the tone of his voice, everything, is just stunning and really let's you feel the pain and the emotions he's going through.

Its fairly unique presentation as an actual musical leads to some entertaining sequences and the fact that it's frank about its protagonist's troubles is certainly welcome - especially coming off the back of its recent unavoidable comparison, 'Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)'.

Generally, the experience is quite entertaining, too.

Enjoyable biopic of Sir Elton John .

Also, if I want to hear a classic Elton John song, I wouldn't want to hear a Taron Egerton version, so I found all of the musical numbers a bit pointless.

Most of the time that formula feels tired and makes for a very boring theatrical experience, so I was very excited to see that Rocketman would be taking a slightly different approach.

One of the worst movies I've seen in quite awhile.


Though perhaps some songs could have been more suitably placed, there are some gorgeous moments that really make use of both the energy and heart of Elton's music; a rendition of 'Your Song' sung solo by Egerton at the piano is slow and goose bump-worthy whereas the 'Saturday Night's Alright' sequence early on in the film is a joyous burst of colour and choreography.

There are some brilliant moments - the decision to tell the story in retrospect through an AA meeting (this film is very good on addiction, and it's refreshing to see a portrayal of a man with an eating disorder); there's a stunning sequence during the first American gig which perfectly captures that special moment of connection between performer and audience where a gig transcends to something truly elevating; there's a great supporting performance from Richard Madden; and for all my cynicism, Taron Egerton really can sing.

Stunning .

Which is what makes them instantly enchanting but ultimately -- for me -- disappointing and even empty.

You glide through the film like you are immersed in real life, not in a _musical_, acting, by ALL, from the main characters to the last extra is so good that you forget you are watching actors, not the real people portrayed.

This movie however was a waste of my time.

The use of John's music as his life progresses was both emotional and exciting.

It's annoyingly confusing.

' This hoary cliché finds refreshing relevance with the eponymous musician's own confession early on in writer Lee Hall's screenplay.

But it was enjoyable and makes me want to go crank some Elton John CDs, so I feel it succeeded.

Originally, I left the theater with about 20 minutes left.

Too much boring dancing and singing scene!

Too bad the script was a "Mamma Mia" pastiche, campy and difficult to follow.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a better crafted film (I was absolutely blown away by Bohemian Rhapsody when I saw it at the cinema), and it deserved the Oscars it received but (sshhh - little secret) I actually find watching Rocketman more enjoyable, somehow!

Six-line Review: The stand-out feature of this musical biopic is Egerton's stunning performance.

Perhaps if you just want to learn about the life of Elton John, then this approach won't be ideal, but as far as making a cinematic and immensely entertaining movie goes, Rocketman hits the nail right on the head with this.

While most of it is expertly paced, the final third suffers a little from a meandering focus, becoming a slightly repetitive chorus of psychedelic escapades and impassioned arguments that certainly takes the scenic route towards what ends up being a pleasing, if slightly cheesy conclusion.

This movie was both excruciatingly beautiful and irritatingly tedious.

Artistic, original camera work, touching, entertaining and great music.

Production values are top notch, with lots of stunning visuals, and the cast is excellent.

While the material could be fascinating, the medium consists of a recitation of facts and events, as opposed to an actual story.

The one thing I would've added in though is little title cards that say what year it is because it got a little confusing at times what year it was and how much time has passed since the last scene.

Formulaic slop .

Taron gives a breathtaking performance as Elton John with his real, stunning vocals and didn't fail to make me feel so many emotions.

Really Enjoyed it .

Enjoyable, brilliant biopic of one of Rock's icons.


And it really is worth watching for Taron Egerton, who actually performed most of Elton's songs and did very well with them.

For my money, this is a nice change of pace from how formulaic and tiresome some biopics have become these days.

I wouldn't recommend this movie as it's more of an over the top musical which is more annoying than enjoyable and done nothing for me actually liking the person Elton John even though I do like his music.

As for Edgerton, he's probably best with the choreography, staging some entertaining, up tempo dance numbers throughout (coupled with a multitude of nifty costume choices).

but from the very beginning it was entertaining.

It was engaging and well written.

Worth the watch .

Do that and the flavor of the movie sticks, but way more entertaining.

I only know him as the heroic and sometimes a little bit boring Robb Stark from Game Of Thrones, and so to see him play a really despicable character here was surprising and refreshing.

The new arrangements gives the familiar hits, a new vibrant and exciting feel.

They are new versions of resonate hits, evocative of the source material, while bringing new elements that suit the vignettes to which they are set, even if they are completely out of chronology for the timeline of the story.

Multiple boring moments.

So overall, this was an entertaining experience, and one I'd welcome viewing again.

This movie is the most beautiful, touching, authentic, stunning, magical and empowering movie I have seen in the last 30 years.

This is a film about a talented but self indulgent person who desperately wants you to forgive him for all the bad things you've heard about him.

Not just your average music biopic, it tells a riveting story that's accentuated by dizzyingly entertaining musical energy, vibrant visuals, electrifying pacing, and a truly brilliant lead performance, all somehow brought together by director Dexter Fletcher.


Bland .

Predictable high school musical .

Rocketman is a very entertaining biopic film with a ton of catchy songs and performances.

NB: For Soft Machine fans, there's an unexpected surprise.

In an effort to be " not your standard biopic" , the filmmakers have delivered a movie that is a collection of fantasy musical numbers and scenes that makes watching it more like work than an entertaining, enlightening, or interesting experience.

I'm not questioning anyone's personal struggle with such issues at all; that said, I had rotten parents too and it simply wouldn't make for a compelling story or movie, especially if that were the lion's share of any hardship I faced in life.

Where Bohemian Rhapsody takes a dull, very literal approach to telling a music biopic, Rocketman recognises that there is more to show than just the chronology of a musician's life, and that's where the music itself comes in.

Taron Egerton too, mirrors the film's brilliant energy and passion, portraying Elton John not only in a convincing and likable manner, but fantastically blending the singer's lively stage persona and real-world troubles into one, something that's so hard to do in such sleek and engrossing fashion.

From the beginning, Rocketman sets itself out from the crowd and the ride that follows is a gripping tale of love, talent and the tempestuous nature of fame.

Don't waste your time.

*Theme- Seeking approval and love from others your whole life can take you on an unexpected adventure of 'ups and downs'.

Still, what sets this tired old cliché set-up apart from most bio-pics are the clever musical numbers that give the film a surreal and engaging quality.

What a Waste of time .

Fascinating view .

You don't have to be an Elton John fan or vice-versa, to watch this film and come out of the theater with the feeling of "who cares", since Rocketman is that kind of 2 hour waste of ones life in a film that hardly anybody will remember a few weeks after watching.

Very entertaining especially with Elton's Music .

Taron Egerton does a masterful jobs playing Elton and has created an absolutely stunning music album to compliment the movie - in honesty I downloaded the album as I left the theater.

Overall this was a entertaining movie to watch.

The movie is engaging.

The soundtrack - provided by Egerton, himself, is the stuff of legend, though and all-in-all it is still a most enjoyable watch.

Too much of of the movie was spent dwelling his problems and his therapy in rehab which quite frankly was boring because it's a story we hear repeatedly in the media.

Being entertaining is where the movie really succeeds ....

I would highly recommend it to anyone!!!!

Such a stunning performancee from Taron Egerton, who gave 1000% of his mind, body & soul.

If you absolutely HATE musicals, save your money.

If I have learnt one thing is that the cloak we all wear to hide the takes of who we are are often the hardest to remove each night we lie in bed to fall asleep.

Like I said though, it is definitely entertaining in the moment and the musical sequences are well-realised and enjoyable.

I did like the performance from taron egerton but the story was confusing

The script manages to be both entertaining and sincere, underneath all the flashiness there is depth too.

This was tough to sit through and honestly, I didnt make it to the finish..I was bored while watching this.. It came across as unrealistic and greatly lacked depth .

At times it's a bit of of fantasy, and perhaps because of that and because the movie tried so desperately to fit the story of Elton's life with Elton's music (it's a little bit like "Mamma Mia" in that respect except that the story is true) it at times seemed a bit disjointed.

Due mostly to a sensational performance by Taron Egerton in the title role, the musical interludes are performed and viewed very imaginatively, even if the storytelling is strictly mundane.

I was happy that the filmmakers went this route (vs the bio-pic route that BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY went) for they were able to use the vast catalog of Elton John/Bernie Taupin tunes to their fullest advantage, when it made sense to drive the narrative forward - or to give the storytelling a shot of adrenaline.

Really enjoyable film, Taron Egerton is perfect for the role of Elton, the film outlines Eltons rise to fame and success, touching on each aspect of his life in just the right amount,highly recommended

Freddie Mercury and Elton John are two of the most fascinating figures in music history, and while both films are enjoyable, it's ROCKETMAN that is willing to take the riskier path by highlighting the flaws of a creative genius.

Very boring, i give up before the middle.

With an excellent lead performance by Mr. Egerton, Rocketman is always entertaining.

Slowly going through his life until he reaches his breaking point (which is, of course, the climax), Rocketman is a very engaging film, due to the fact that it really is a musical fantasy at times, providing thought-provoking sequences that really dive deep into the meanings of a few of his hit songs.

Well, that blew me away, gripping from start to finish.

Some scenes felt like a mindlessly self indulgent attempt to tug at audiences heart strings.

Overall, this is very enjoyable and reveals that it will take a mini-series to chronologically and accurately tell Elton's story.

Robbie K here to review:Movie: Rocketman (2019)Director: Dexter Fletcher Writer: Lee Hall (screenplay) Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard MaddenLIKES:Acting Make Up Costumes Setting/Special Effects Musical Numbers The Emotional Lessons/MomentsDISLIKES:Slow At Times Not Quite As Censored Movie Dramatic Moments Over Concert Approach Real Vs.

Like an old-school musical; enjoyed it anyway .

Such an intense and convincing performance!

Brilliant, stunning storytelling.

Unexpected Triumph.

In the end, the film is lost between a shallow drama and a boring musical.

I did feel that there were parts of the movie, mostly in the third act that dragged a bit, which felt that the film had gone a tad bit too long.

Not perfect, but damn entertaining.

And the journey is always entertaining, switching seamlessly between flamboyance, pathos and humor.

This film is entertaining, emotional and inspiring and won't leave you bored for a minute.

Great acting , storytelling, costumes, and of course music.. I've never been an Elton john fan, nonetheless , the movie was intriguing and enjoyable for me.

Whether that's historically accurate or not, it provides a thrilling moment on screen for the creative duo.

Fast paced, dizzying at times.


Elton John is undoubtedly a legend, and this subjective statement alone will attract several audiences into what is an enjoyable musical.

The pace is slow at times, drawing on the drama to fill the gaps rather than the comedy/energy of the numbers.

enjoyed it .

" This film is a rousing, jukebox musical with Elton John's songs weaving in as the story unfolds, infusing the various set-pieces with emotion, depth and ultimately a lot of entertainment.

An amazing performance, but a predictable story .

Unlike "Bohemian Rhapsody", where the purpose of the songs were limited to entertaining the audience (mostly fans), here, Elton John's songs (recreated, and sung by Taron himself) serve as a device for storytelling: the film-makers cleverly use the musical-style approach to depict happening of events, and passage of time.

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Really self indulgent (classic Elton)

The score is bland and TV movie style, the supporting actors are annoying and mostly have an amateur feel.

A stunning film, about a stunning man .

A stunning masterpiece .

This film came off as a disjointed biopic masquerading as a cheesy musical.

The writing could have been better, at time it seemed very cliche.

A decent telling of the life of the British icon, yet lacks real substance with forced and dull attempts at convincing the audience of the auspicious relationships with Elton and his art.

Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman's musical scenes are intriguing.

I was generally looking forward to this film, but I walked out bored and disappointed.

Rocketman was entertaining, and the music brought to life what Elton and the other characters were feeling.

The second reason I enjoyed this film is that pretentious its narrative style as it is, I felt that it added some frequent and refreshing glimpses to an otherwise formulaic story that tries to conceal itself under the glitz and glamour of the irresponsible Elton John.

I do like this movie but I also question whether a more compelling telling is possible.

Save your money, go home and listen to Madman Across the Water.

So I REALLY wanted to love this movie but I left the theater irritated and disappointed.

While it does differ from the majority of them as it's a straight-up musical as opposed to just featuring on-stage performances, every beat of the narrative is very generic and therefore predictable.

And it's also an amazingly entertaining film - an element that too many biopics forget about.

Very enjoyable film cleverly put together with excellent visuals and a good flow to it.

Fell asleep it's that Big A Yawn.

It is honestly just self-indulgence and arrogance at its finest!

Worst movie ever and does not address in any sensible way how the focal figures in his life effected him.

Enjoyable take on Elton Johns rise from a shy little boy to outrageous artist.

Visually, it's stunning work.. and in most other ways, you'll get lost in the movie (which shows the film makers and production crew really paid attention to detail and did a great job all together).

Hmmmm, very scattered, unfathomable and pretentious fragmented film in epic identity crisis.

That "Saturday Night" number goes on way too long) and touching on his "revival" in the 90s, when he did the duet with George Michael, wrote the soundtrack for The Lion King and wrote the biggest selling single in Billboard history with the Candle in the Wind tribute to Princess Diana.

Tedious, Depressing Bio Of an Uninteresting Life .

Whilst Queen's recent biopic 'Bohemian Rapsody' packed a punch, this left me bored and unmoved.

He has a certain hidden quality that makes him intriguing.

I went into this movie doubtful about what kind of drama could be written about Elton John that would make for a riveting story, and I was right.

The movie was well acted, full of energy and quite entertaining.

The foundations of the feature are as rigid as ever, forcing the whole thing to follow the predictable beats of its predictable genre practically to the letter.

Very entertaining.

Queen protected Freddie to such an extent it made for a dull movie.

But I think the placing of a music scene is critical, and it just felt very repetitive in this movie.

A yawn.

This compelling, thoroughly enjoyable film will whisk you away and take you back to those golden days of youth and the Elton John songs you listened to growing up.

Director Dexter Fletcher's aim was to make an entertaining musical setting out the stages in Elton's life from his relatively humble and somewhat unstable family life to establishing himself as the most successful solo pop act on the planet.

It's disjointed making it hard to follow how the various events affected his life and his music.

The storytelling style of Elton sitting around a rehab table was sad, boring and overdone.

So many biopics that follow the same formulaic way of telling an artist's life story end up leaving a sense of grotesque coarseness after watching them.

While the film did come across as slightly self-indulgent at certain points, it redeems itself with a scene where EJ speaks his heart out to the folks who played key roles in his life.

I'm glad I didn't spend any money on this and was able to stream it, so save your money.

" It's a very good movie - often enjoyable (if you're a fan of Elton John's music) and often quite heavy as the more troublesome aspects of Elton's life are portrayed.

Grand Pretentious Bio Cliche of the Year .

Every rock star cliche is covered here and Elton does not come out smelling like a rose.

The constant, back-to-back recital of his relatively similar songs eventually became tiresome and got on my nerves, not to mention the unnecessary intermittent musical-esque scenes.

" Elton John (Taron Egerton)Elton John's remarkable removal from reality while he really defines a new rock performance style in the late '60's expresses in "Rocketman" the tension between performance dynamism and the formulaic loneliness fame and success bring to a legend.

I wholeheartedly enjoy it, not because it was about someone who i grew up with (the sole reason why I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody, the music and the talent of Freddie Mercury), but the lingering feelings it leaves long after I left the theater.

Very similar to last year's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', I find myself in the internal battle for conforming to an opinion that readers will appreciate but understand, or give it that elusive perfect rating because it's "enjoyable" to the point that flaws are ignored.

Perhaps a message lurks within for prospective rockers about confusing love with sex.

This definitely is not a documentary of Elton Johns life, but I think it does capture what he was like back then, the trials he had to go through personally and professionally and while the film was not as good as I was expecting, it was enjoyable.

A great singer/songwriter reduced to a messy, pretendy self indulgent mess.

One of Elton's only true relationships that went both waysJamie Bell was very good as BerniePicked the right songs for the moments in his lifeOverall enjoyable and entertaining filmGreat for any Elton John or musical fan

Rocketman displays such a strange mixture of self-pity and self-aggrandizement that it made the tone way too confusing to pin down.

While the characters and story seemed to ring a bit formulaic and hollow, Egerton's performance is able to carry the gravitas.

As Elton John is still alive, and he was the executive producer of the film, I thought that we were going to get a really deep movie that will make us want to go out and find out more about the musical genius like I did when I first watched the Doors, but I was left feeling empty and uneducated.

Despite John's melancholic depressive state, that may catch many off guard, it did feel occasionally boring.

Perhaps the ending is a bit too introspective to be entertaining.

Predictable to the very tip of the writer's pen.

A predictable boo-hoo story about the struggles of being oh so famous and not getting enough love from mommy and daddy.

Now, if you're wondering what he felt about this off-delayed, somewhat contrived jukebox musical fantasy, it should come as no surprise that the five-time Grammy winning piano prodigy adores it.

The singing and acting was amazing and so enjoyable.

It was actually so slow in parts I couldn't believe it was only 2 hours.

A loose retelling of his life and people in it, hugely entertaining with big choreographed dance sequences.

Unexpected, interesting, and very entertaining .

The worst movie I've ever seen .

The story arc is confusing with glaring inaccuracies which is annoying when the movie is supposedly describing the life of someone so public.

The movie falls flat and I grew bored.

Director Dexter Fletcher knows how to make a biography interesting and entertaining without seeming like a documentary.

Albeit some minor plot holes, cliche, and of course the unavoidable exaggerations that always inserted themselves in these types of film, it still demonstrates the struggle, sufferings, and inner- conflicts of a lost, heart- broken, forsaken and lonely person who also battles with identity- crisis.

Entire film full of Elton's boring fantasy scene!

The movie it's kind of long in the plot because after the first hour of the movie it's starts getting slow and repeating the same situation over and over again until he realizes what is really happening

This movie was boring and a typical story of rags to riches with all the emotional baggage you could think of.

Cliche Plot Revolving Around an Unsympathetic Person .

His performance was charismatic and always very engaging, and I was glad that it was his skill as an actor rather than just the costumes, hair, and makeup that made him so convincing as Elton John (although those all helped, of course).

The scenes are random also, so it´s also confusing.

It's obvious that Egerton looks up to John as a role model, and he did a stunning job.

Don't waste your time!

I left the theater wanting to turn around and see it again!

I thought this movie would be more like *Bohemian Rhapsody," - an entertaining telling of the story of Elton John using his actual music.

Mmm while this fantasy retelling of Dwight's life is vaguely entertaining to a point it does not have the flow and homely character of Queen's biopic.

The film is brilliantly entertaining and fun.

"Rocketman" Blasts Off New Exciting Biopic .

While telling a somewhat well-known tale, Rocketman manages to be joyous, tragic, romantic, funny, exciting, and just about any other emotion one might hope to experience while watching a film.

"Rocketman" is the only movie that I have ever walked out of, after 20 minutes of cringe inducing musical breakouts and blasé storytelling the movie simply becomes unbearable.

He is/was also a quite interesting man, both stage persona and personal life, and the period that is primarily focused on is a very compelling one and worthy of being told on film.

The pure brilliance of this spectacle is heart wrenching and at many points my adrenaline made my hairs stand on end.

What an enjoyable musical .

I liked some of Elton John's work but found his production after "Yellow Brick Road" repetitive and lacking.

Jamie Bell aside the rest of the cast were bland and forgettable Problem is that I just couldn't warm to Elton.

After a while it goes around in circles and peters out and instead of a rousing concert hit song to go out on you are left with a song that most people will not even know?

Very enjoyable.

Absolutely stunning .

However, my wife had dragged me to the film, so I had to slog through four hours of crap karaoke.

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.

Not gonna lie, s*** and boring, not worth your money, def not as good as Bohemian Rhapsody

The formulaic plot that this follows isn't just sub-par because we've seen it before, either.

The musical numbers and Elton's story are major players in the film's success however, Taron Egerton's electrifying performance as Elton John is the real driving force in making this a stunning biopic.

His direction on that film was very inspired and the overall movie was quite enjoyable, so I was hoping for at least another feel-good movie that he would sink his teeth into.

very enjoyable.

Still, when the songs themselves don't integrate well into the story, I felt that Rocketman was too disjointed to make any sense.

The use of EJ's songs and in particular the poignant lyrics provided by Bernie Taupin to highlight turning points in Elton's life is at times breathtaking.

An entertaining musical that's let down by following the music-biopic formula too closely.

Unfortunately, I got bored after hour and the half of this musical fantasy biopic.

DF has created a film that will appeal to both the masses and the more discerning indie film lovers (like me to be fair - pretentious, moi?

Elton John's biopic in musical form, the story of which came across as a little bit cliché.

"Rocketman," the musical biopic of Elton John, while far from a perfect film, is very enlightening and entertaining for both fans and those who might only be peripherally familiar with the singer's work and tumultuous life.


Combine this with the impressively executed dance sequences, which similar to La La Land feel like modern day versions of a classic Hollywood musical, these sequences stand apart from Elton's as their own entertaining versions.


Blending the music together with orthodox drama in incredibly slick fashion, the film runs at an electrifying pace throughout, running to the beat of its fantastic soundtrack, all the while engrossing you all the more in the story at hand.

It's quite funny in places, visually impressive in others (the costumes are a real treat), harmlessly enjoyable on the whole.

A disjointed biography that checks off all the tired tropes.

But the movie follows a very predictable path that we've seen many times before (recently in Bohemian Rhapsody, and even to an extent in the many iterations of A Star is Born).

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.

With sweeping shots and many, many montages that show off Elton's life in intense music-driven scenes.

This film was pointless.

Bohemian Rhapsody was 3x the movie Rocketman was and still Rocketman was still very much enjoyable.

Basically it's a predictable musical without any originality.

On the whole it's an entertaining film.

Boring .

Fletcher directs the musical numbers with some flair, occasionally adapting the song lyrics to fit the screenplay, but is less certain in depicting the dramatic episodes in the singer's life, which too often flirt with cliche.

Musical biography thats entertaining and inspiring.

Boring .

This musical fantasia gives a giddy jolt to the predictable musical biopic genre.

This outstanding biopic blew me away by managing to both inform the viewer about the ups and downs of John's life in a wholly engaging and all-encompassing manner, yet also entertaining the viewer through absolutely dazzling musical scenes that manage to make the most of both the lyrics and subtext of John's lyrics.

The music is immensely enjoyable, and the lead actor Taron Egerton, whom I admit I hadn't even heard of before, gives a performance that's stunning, to say the least.

Very enjoyable.

Nonsensical, trite, and ultimately hollow .

Making entertaining musicals which successfully tell a story is incredibly difficult; Rocket man succeeds brilliantly where many have failed.

Although there's plenty of great music, upbeat numbers and entertaining dance routines, there's also a fair bit of emotional trauma and drama, making the presentation tonally all over the place.

He has a bland vocal style, like a commercial jingle singer or something, no charisma at all, no range, lackluster and boring.

The filmmakers took a risk presenting the movie as a musical, but it really paid off since the final result is a very enjoyable presentation of Elton John's life.

Fast moving, as colourful as the man himself, very enjoyable

Costumes- simply stunning.

A disjointed biography that checks off all the tired tropes, I give Rocketman 3.0 stars out of 5.

Frequently, the timeline of events in the film is confusing or unclear.

He is breathtaking in this.

Ive always liked elton john as a singer and artist most of his singles are catchy and inspiring and in my opinion he still one of the best musicians thats ever lived, this film is poignant , engaging, and exciting , the film focuses on his childhood , his early fame to the peak of his career , his rejection over his sexuality from his overbearing and unloving parents and his close relationship with his grandmother and of course his turbulent relationship with his manager( john reid )and supposed lover who nearly drove the poor guy to drink, drugs and suicide.

2, there were several weak spots, I will detail two, when the song Saturday Night.. came on it seemed just shoe-horned into the movie, as happened in Mama Mia, it was just too contrived.

He portrayed Sir Elton John in the most stunning way, he really captured his motions and his facial expressions, it's amazing.

Empty spectacle .

Exciting at the beginning but it leaves feeling empty at the end.

It's a fine movie for its type, with the usual strengths (hardworking talent, no expense spared for artistic set design, undeniably great music) and weaknesses (somewhat pedestrian and predictable as well as episodic and fragmentary plot) of the genre.

So entertaining and fun.

and shaking yourself to stay awake.

Instead of a linear "here's-how-this-song-came-about" storyline, it's a jukebox musical, with entire scenes bursting into unexpected song-and-dance numbers.

This movie is incredibly fast paced and did not have any tonal inconsistencies.

It seemed as though the filmmakers tried too hard to break the biopic mold by having people break out in song and dance every time they were in danger of committing the 'biopic cliche crime'.

Surreal but enjoyable .

Entertaining and watchable, though far from reaching its potential .

Solid acting and singing, however chronologically I found the film quite confusing.

Unbearable .

I watched it to the end and I enjoyed it.

A riveting combination of candor and glamor.

Really enjoyed it!

It is a fascinating movie, which did almost bring me to tears twice.

This film feels like a fantastical dream where one moment were in a dreary apartment and the next we go through a door and we're walking with Elton to perform on stage.

The film's cinematography is also stunning.

this was also true of BoRhap which in turn was panned by most critics, yet went on to be a stunning success at the box office and with the Academy.

Hearing them again in this context, all in a single sitting and accompanied by great visuals, was totally different from hearing this familiar music on classic rock radio for the one-thousandth dreary time.

The most self-indulgent load of drivel I have seen in years.

Enjoyable rollercoaster of a film .

But in second half, it becomes boring.

A tad superficial & self indulgent .

It's fun to watch, and exciting to know.

The film also evokes some unexpected emotion as there were more than a few people wiping their eyes during the film which at its core is a store of a young, shy boy desperate to be accepted and loved.

Formulaic, better suited for a stage play than a movie .

A very entertaining movie about overcoming obstacles .

The scenes in which characters burst into song and dance were obviously fantasies but entertaining ones.

Fast and loose with facts and song timelines it's still entertaining enough

Rocketman is an honest depiction of fame, both of its hardships and triumphs; it may not be all smooth sailing (with Elton's life and the film itself), but Fletcher puts forward a vigorously entertaining piece of work, bolstered by an outstanding Taron Egerton.

There's so much nuance, spark & yep, realism, in this, it's stunning.

Waste of time and money.

" I think Bohemian Rhapsody did a much better job on documenting these parts of Queen's journey, which for me made the movie a lot more gripping.

With only few flaws like some longer, slow scenes, one annoying actor, and similar style to other bio pics, I think this is a good movie.

The pain he suffered in life and how he tried to self medicate is a journey worth watching in this movie.

Really enjoyed it.

Pure self-indulgent Puke .

A dizzyingly entertaining music spectacle that celebrates its subject in style .

No No Rap, but entertaining .

Clunky acting (mostly) obvious themes, zero subtlety, and incredibly self indulgent.

Even if accuracy and the chronology can be called into question, it still makes John and his personal life, detailing his childhood, early career and how it came to be and the troubled period of his career, quite fascinating.

It's informative, emotional, and most importantly, very entertaining.

Total waste of time and money on this movie.

The movie is hard watch and it is difficult to follow , people were leaving the theater.

Very boring movie.. I didn't like it.. as I don't like their life of useless stuff .. aimless life .. not thinking of the last day.

They made a movie about Queen and Freddie Mercury boring.

Insightful, entertaining, good acting.

Egerton is sensational as the music legend, inhabiting the role enough to almost (but not quite) disappear inside it; Fletcher (who previously took over directing duties from Bryan Singer on a different gay British rock n' roll icon picture, the greatly inferior "Bohemian Rhapsody") stages several visually exciting musical numbers both onstage and off.

Just, breathtaking.

Taron does an absolutely stunning job playing Elton, and his voice is freaking awesome!!

They took every cliché in the book and gave it the Mama Mia treatment.

Was quite uneventful and unenjoyable.

Finally we are getting some entertaining movies on the big screen.

Taron Egerton stars and sings in this biopic musical that offers up a compelling, creative, and artistic depiction of Elton John's life through both an absorbing storyline and a dazzling array of musical dance numbers.

A Stunning Masterpiece.

' There is no point, no message.

Dexter Fletcher (director) clearly had a vision for telling this internal story through stunning set pieces and brilliant pacing and editing.

But it's intriguing that - apart from some of the historical releases that frame the story - all of Elton's hits are scattered through the film without regard to release date.

Bohemian Rhapsody is an award winning movie plagued by some big problems thanks to backstage drama, but still managed to maintain an interesting and entertaining story of one of the most tragic figures in modern music.

And yet, that total inconsistency and almost insane range of atmopshere only adds to the immense passion and energy of the film as a whole, keeping its feverishly entertaining vibes at top pitch all the way to the finish.

Everything is wildly predictable.

A totally disjointed interpretation that could have been something magical.

)At best, this integrated format supports a seemingly drug-induced momentum, from one stage in the star's life to the next, which is entertaining spectacle, including the dreamlike imagery.

Its definitely worth watching.

Slick, polished and hugely gripping, it doesn't slow down for a second.

Don't waste your time.


In comparison to last year's Bohemian Rhapsody which had good casting but felt like an average movie overall, this one just way more interesting and engaging.

I think the best way for an actor to convince in this type of role is by way of 'absorbing' i.

But everyime that the movie burst into music, the impetus was lost with these bland reworkings of Elton and Taupins great music.

The actors are awful, the editing is awful, the cinematography is boring and lackluster, and the whole movie just had a Broadway, or stage play feel to it.

Regrettably, the film as a whole is self-indulgent and cliche-ridden to the hilt and goes down as a misfire.

Half the time I tried to keep myself from laughing out loud at the cheesy musical numbers, crappy dialogue, and disjointed editing, and the other half I was rolling my eyes for the never-ending pity party.