Genre: Biography |Drama |Music |
Runtime: 121 min
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
VISUAL MUSIC SPECTACLE THAT GETS YOU LOST AND EMPTY
Most artists like Michael Jackson, Metallica, Elton John or Queen or even Elvis Presley have all had an ordinary performance on stage. A persona. That makes them sort of a different person on stage and themselves afterward.
Elton John, or in real life named Reginald Dwight is according to this biographic movie someone with a troubled past that’s filled with problems and identity-crisis. His parents are clearly depicted as an introverted and neglected couple, that doesn’t support their son own dreams and desire. This is where the movie takes a stand, a statement in a way. His homosexuality, in some scenes, doesn’t progress the story further. It’s only there to make it even more obvious, a plaque that pushes the audience even deeper in his unconventional lifestyle, for its time. It tries to justify the period and tone with characters that have opinions for Elton John’s behavior, as this is not agreed upon based on the time.
This spectacle conveys to a story about the drug, sex, and alcohol-desire. That’s the real core that our main character struggles so hard to overcome. It’s nagging and annoying that they use flat performance in several musical numbers. Instead of making a good and veritable dialogue-scene that create depth, they are singing very often as give the real music performance an underwhelming effect. It pushes you away from the story and everything is instead surrounded to the musical. The musical number can make an impact if it’s done right and with the right tone, but it’s just too much. There’s more of that than dialogue scenes. Otherwise, there is fucking, drinking or coke shots of Elton John to really print out his lifestyle under his prime time.
These music acts where he’s not on stage, are later dived in a visual spectacle that doesn’t bring the story higher. It’s harder to embrace it and feel it. It’s empty and shouldn’t exist. But it does. It also brings several montages to shorten the time. Therefore, it’s really hard to actually know and care for the character simply because of the rapid speed. One other thing is that these songs don’t have an origin or a story, the movie doesn’t tell how they were created as you’re about to explore in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).
The performance of Taron Egerton is one of the off-putting this movie has to offer. Doesn’t really care for him but his performance is anger, retelling, and singing. The emotion within him doesn’t exist. Richard Madden as his manager and lover is better and far more convincing with a rude and cunning sharpness. Jamie Bell acts as a side-character but they still work. It would be far more interesting to invest in their relationship more. He’s Elton Johns best friend and colleague and he’s in the background during the second part of the movie, and their screen time together doesn’t bring much. This is a very exhausted and confusing picture. And it’s hard to judge it as well when the named artist is still alive.