In the midst of what seems like thousands of films that are based on Marvel, or have men wearing capes and tights, music fans have actually been having a golden age when it comes to the movies. Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born and now Rocketman have all brought musicals back to our screens, and I for one, am loving it. With the Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger and Yesterday coming later this year, it seems the perfect time to start going to the movies again.
Rocketman is based on the life of Elton John, with special focus on his early life and rise to fame. Taron Egerton is, quite frankly, amazing as Elton, and, as you can imagine with a film about one of pop’s all time showmen, the costumes are a joy to behold for anyone with a love of fashion. Elton started off as the quite shy and retiring Reg Dwight, but as his alter ego Elton took hold, his personal image and wardrobe become more and more flamboyant, with headpieces made of feathers, outrageous sunglasses and costumes that spanned from stars and stripes to full Elizabeth 1st regalia. The costumes are legendary, very much a part of the Elton John story, and they are beautifully recreated in the movie.
In addition to the stage costumes of Elton, there is a stylish turn from Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s flighty mother Sheila Eileen. At the start of the film we have 1950s period fashion, and it is clear that Sheila has an eye for fashion, with her nipped in skirts, fashion magazines, and a glamorous groomed look. She won’t win any prizes for mother of the year, but she certainly looks the part, a glamorous presence in young Reg’s life.
Rocketman is a brilliant film, with topnotch performances from the cast. You certainly don’t have to be an Elton fan to enjoy this.