I don’t know much about Elton John’s personal life. I didn’t even know his real name and so I thought watching his biopic would be a good idea. Normally I steer away from biopics as they’re normally done when the person is dead and I just don’t see the point in making a profit out of someone else’s life and not even showing their honest, real story. But with Rocketman Elton John is still alive and he was involved in the making of this film and I believe he is happy with the result.
I love his music and we do get to see how he came to be who he is now. A musical prodigy… just wow. I don’t know about you but people who are musical prodigies never fail to amaze me. Like, how do you do that? How does music just flow out of you so effortlessly? I will always be that person sitting in awe like, wow you just made that up, right now?
So for the first part of the movie I sat in awe and in anger… or maybe sadness. His relationship with his dad was so cold and not because of Elton but because of his dad. I just, it’s such a pet peeve of mine. Why do parents do that?
I won’t describe the whole movie but I will say it was a journey and not an easy one. There were parts that were difficult for me. It’s like when you want to help someone but you can’t because it’s a film and it happened years ago. I mean that John Reid bloke (played by Richard Madden) I knew he was a gold digga. He was just awful! An awful human being. And I would watch scenes with Elton John suffering and I’d just want him to feel better or to conquer his demons.
Because Elton is real person I was comforted by the fact that he does get better. However if this had been a made up movie I would have sat in the cinema with anxiety that it was going to have a sad ending.
His life could have gone any which way, I’m glad he got help in the end and it took a turn for the better.
What I liked most about the film was the message that it put out. The message of forgiveness, asking for help when you need it and loving yourself and being yourself. When you know yourself no one can tell you who you are and no one can take you away from you. Does that make sense?
As for forgiveness I’ve mentioned his father and he also had trouble with his mother but he forgave them and was able to move on and heal. His grandmother though, a true gem.
I think he even forgave John Reid and finally freed himself from him. That was satisfying. Reid’s character was abusive and all Elton wanted was love. But by hitting rock bottom and getting help he saw where he’d gone wrong and let go of the anger and hurt. At least that’s how I interpreted it.
Speaking of asking for help, the film deals with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and Elton kept spiralling and it seemed like there was no way out. Honestly if he had carried on like that Reid wanted him to he would have died. But he didn’t! He got help! And that was one of the best parts of the movie.
It is good to get help! I highly encourage it.
Another highlight of the movie was his relationship with his songwriter and I’m guessing best friend Bernie Taupin. That relationship was beautiful man. They got me crying thug tears. I just, everyone needs a friendship like that. I can’t even express myself; it’s getting me emotional now.
There are things I wonder now that I’ve finished the movie. How did he free himself from Mr Reid? Did he free himself? Did he ever make up with Ray Williams? Because he was gem too. I was so hooked on the movie that when it ended I was like, wait… but… but I have these questions. I guess I’ll just have to Google it.
Anyway it is a good film. I recommend you watch it. The way his story is told is through his music and also through therapy and so it’s non-linear. It’s a musical but it’s also not. There’s a word I’m looking for but I’ve forgotten it. Either way they told the story in a creative way which I appreciated.
So yeah, watch it…
If you want to.