Review: Rocketman

By Barny
04 Jun 19

I thought I was seeing a Ron Howard film about Buzz Aldrin ?

Side one of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was my requested bedtime music as a 5 year old. Now as a middle aged jaded old man this film had me realize that while I don't own any of Elton's album's, I've apparently been carrying a 'best of' in my emotional psyche. All the hits where there...and the film's title song sequence was phenomenal.
This film does many things better than Bohemian Rhapsody, most importantly it takes it's time telling the story, whereas Boh-Rap rushed everything along in order to get Live Aid. Back to my 'emotional best of' the music ques are genius in how they propel the drama and a personal reminder of just how his songs have been around me growing and just how damn good those songs are. Queen had the anthems but Taupin/Dwight wrote masterpieces - I'm about ready to purchase a Best of the Bitch CD for my midlife car stereo.
This emerging Rock'n'Roll Cinematic Universe is a winner in that as viewer, the enjoyment of the music whisks you into the story.
P.S. I remember years ago sitting in a rather empty and beautifully air-conditioned Imax one summer afternoon with my popcorn, choc top & coke waiting The Dark Knight to screen. Elton John's 'Blue Eyes' was playing over the sound system the time I sat in tranquil bliss dipping my popcorn into my ice cream thinking, "Damn this song IS really good!"