What were you like as a child, Elton?
That’s the question that starts this rollercoaster ride of a biopic, starring Taron Egerton as Elton John himself.
The movie explores Elton John’s career, from his musical beginnings to his international rockstar status. What makes this movie different however, is that it’s not just one big frame story. It goes back and forth between Elton finally in rehab, and various moments in his career.
But it was also the story of a boy, and later, man, who just wanted to be loved for who he was. His father was absent, and his mother, portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard, wasn’t too great either. She supported his interest in music, but that’s about it.
The actors who played Elton John, whose real name was Reggie Dwight, during his early years were really good. They could play the piano and sing. Which was required of them, of course, but they were also adorable and funny. Five-year-old Reggie/Elton starts the flashback portion of the movie singing “The Bitch is Back”, which was surprising, to say the least.
Elton John’s music is familiar, but most of his story might not be. So the movie also serves as a really cool learning experience. They chose the songs for the movie based on what was happening in Elton’s life at the time, so it made a powerful impression. There wasn’t ever a dull moment. It’s full of twists and turns and ups and downs. And great music, of course. The music is everything.