Sir Elton John Rocketman In The Movies

Upcoming musical orientated film Rocketman, outlining the breakthrough early career years of Reginald Kenneth Dwight, better known as Sir Elton John, is exciting, elaborate, glittering, flamboyant, soaring and upbeat due to the string of incredibly composed songs intertwined with a contribution of fabulous performances from an enthusiastic ensemble led by young Taron Egerton playing the man himself.

In cinemas from 22nd May, Rocketman may well be compared to Oscar winning melodic Queen biographical movie Bohemian Rhapsody, but it shouldn’t be, Elton is his own entity of course.

Visiting the Hunter Valley Hope Estate in Jan 2020, grandiose showman on the stage to the recording studio famous for his lyrical poetry and outrageous costumes making him stand out backing it up with huge talent.
Not as commonly known is Sir Elton has done his fair share of acting, albeit questionable at times he has made multiple appearances in an array of various television shows from The Nanny, South Park, Will & Grace, Ally McBeal to The Simpsons, but as a film critic it is his o(2009).

Often extended cameo appearances in movies that i remember most.

At the top of the list is SPICE WORLD (1997) where the great man catches up with Spice Girls with Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant in tow for a brief bit of Elton fun.

Related: Film Review – Rocketman (2019)

Back in the retro 80s radio station TripleMMM did the occasional simulcast (watch television, tuning in the relatively new FM radio format at the same time to hear loud stereo sound) Rock opera TOMMY (1975) featured Elton as Pinball Wizard whilst performing the arcade heroics on stage to the scintillating tune of the same name. Music by fellow British rockers The Who, the movie also featured Tina Turner as Acid Queen, Eric Clapton, alongside screen icons Anne Margaret, Oliver Reed and none other than Jack Nicholson. One for the ages.

Non acting achievement Oscar winning Soundtrack for Disney’s The Lion King was a highlight as is the use of classic song Tiny Dancer used in sing-a-long during a pivotal bus trip bonding moment played for emotional laughs in ALMOST FAMOUS (2000).

Other worthy motion picture cameo mentions are a awkward gardener role in Disney’s The Country Bears (2002) a film often on the top of worst movie lists that also features Christopher Walken and Queen Latifah, equally unusual for completely different reasons is his contribution to Bruno (2009). He is joined by fellow music maestros Sting, Bono, Chris Martin and Slash in a MTV like clip led by fashionista Bruno, one of the many politically incorrect alter ego’s of Sascha Baron Cohen singing ‘Dove of Peace’, hilarious.

More recently you may remember his memorable bit on the small screen in popular series NASHVILLE or something completely different and personally I thought unfunny in blockbuster Kingsman sequel, The Golden Circle (2017) however the professional hook up with Taron Egerton became apparent on-set resulting in the talented British thespian taking on and succeeding in the lead in ROCKETMAN.

Premiering at the prestigious Cannes film festival where audiences are not afraid to boo or walk out of screenings, gave the Elton John story a standing ovation with Taron brought to tears by the several minutes of applause. Ironically, auteur Dexter Fletcher, took over from the let-go Director of Bohemian Rhapsody but was uncredited, may now also stand in the limelight of a crowd pleasing Oscar worthy musical journey.

ROCKETMAN is out now in UK and Irish cinemas everywhere, rated 15.

Shane A.Bassett | The Movie Analyst

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