The (excellent) new Elton John biopic Rocketman features a soundtrack heavy on classic songs from the Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin songbook — as well as a new composition, the bouncing and confident “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.”
A collaboration between Elton and Rocketman star Taron Egerton, the song now has its own music video incorporating scenes and images from the film with some excellent visual additions — soak it all in below:
Rocketman came at a big time for the rock and roll biopic — after Bohemian Rhapsody made waves last year in the box office for its tale of the Queen and Freddy Mercury story, for one, and also as Elton John continues his massive, three-year farewell tour activities.
Of course, comparisons between Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody seem inevitable, but it’s OK if the Elton biopic doesn’t reach the incredible success of the Queen film:
The important distinction between the two, of course lies in the subject matter. Mercury is a larger-than-life icon of another era who passed away decades ago, while Elton John is still out there on his big farewell tour — so his story hasn’t been completed yet. Plus, Rocketman has an R-rating, while Bohemian Rhapsodyshuffled into theaters with a PG-13 designation … meaning more younger people could check out the film without issue, presumably adding to its box office totals.
That said, for what it’s worth, Rock Cellar’s Ed Rampell raved about Rocketman in his official film review, so check it out if the following appeals to you:
To be sure, Elton is depicted onscreen with warts and all, but it’s unlikely that anything would be included in this feature that exec producer Elton objected to. Indeed, Rocketman –– which dramatizes the pianist’s life through his undergoing rehab around 1990 — concludes with one of those “whatever became of” movie montages that paints a very rosy picture of Elton’s post-rehab years, as a philanthropist who has raised more than $450 million to combat AIDS, a happy family life with a husband and raising sons, etc., that seems like it got Elton’s seal of approval.
Nevertheless, Rocketman enthusiastically gets this critic’s seal of approval. It’s a must-see for Elton John fans and with its ingenious fantasy sequences and riveting story, a great ride for general audiences. The music alone makes this biopic about one of the greatest rockers of all time worth seeing (and hearing).