Banner: New Republic Pictures, Marv Films, Rocket Pictures
Producer: Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
Review: The biopic is based on the life and times of well-known British singer-musician-performer Elton John played by Taron Egerton. It starts with his childhood in a dysfunctional family and sudden discovery of his musical talent and his rise to become a successful singer and rock star. It depicts his struggles during his young days with alcoholism, drug addiction, homosexual love affairs, and loneliness. It ends with stating the fact that he finally succeeded in overcoming various setbacks in life and relationships and turn into a responsible and giving individual.
Analysis: The film is a first person account and we learn that nearly all western pop and rock stars go through similar crises in their life and career. It comes across as a familiar story of decadence we have watched in other biopics of the genre. It’s competently directed, performed, sound and production designed. Its music is excellent and the mainstay of the film as expected. It’s not an extra-ordinary film.
Verdict: It will find purchase with Elton John’s fan base in metro cities.