I’ve been a fan of Elton John for as long as I can remember listening to music. Growing up in the 80s, “I’m Still Standing”, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”, and “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” dominated the airwaves along with all of his other hits from the 70s. When I first saw the trailer for Rocketman, I knew it was a biopic I had to see as I wanted to learn more about one of my favorite singers. With perfect 4K HDR visuals and equally stunning Dolby HD audio, this is the only way to experience this musical roller coaster.
Christian Stirling and Travis Seppala had fun saying goodbye to the yellow brick road when it was playing in theaters, and you can boogie on over to Travis and Christian’s reviews for all the plot details and more. Just as they did, I had a good time learning about Elton and all of the rough things he had to go through to become one of the biggest and brightest (both figuratively and literally) singers out there. Taron Egerton does a great job as John, though there are times where he barely looks or sounds like the singer. But to be fair, who really can?
Fans of Elton’s work and even newcomers are sure to get their musical kicks from this one, as the songs and well choreographed dance numbers are sure to make you get up and strut your stuff, especially the shot-for-shot remake of the “I’m Still Standing” video. It’s even better having all of this unfold in 4K as the HDR and the amazing details make sure you see every flashy sequin outfit, while the Dolby HD audio will have your sound system rocking the night away with the awesome songs.
If that’s not enough Elton for you, there’s a ton of special features to dance your way through, starting with extended cuts of “The Bitch Is Back”, “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)”, “Breaking Down The Walls of Heartache”, and “Honky Cat”. That’s right, instead of getting the condensed versions of these hits in the movie, these are the full-length ones for you and Taron to rock out to. There’s also deleted/extended scenes that go into Elton John and Bernie’s friendship, a young boy that gave John the courage to change his life, and more that are pretty cool and interesting to see.
It goes without saying that there are featurettes on making the film and the wacky costumes that made Elton stand out, along with going behind the scenes of Taron’s transformation into John and what went into it, and more. If you’re a fan of the singer or just want to know more about him, you’ll want to throw on your costume and dance on down to pick up Rocketman. It’s as great as a biopic can be for one of the most influential singers out there, and has enough songs and dance numbers to keep your toes tapping for quite some time.