Elton John will more than likely never go out of style, and neither will his music, which makes movies about him sure to be
“Rocketman” was released to the box office on May 31 and has grossed worldwide a whopping $187 million. That number should continue to grow with the release of the film to rental outlets this week.
The film follows the true life story of Elton John and his breakthrough years and Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Robin Hood”) portrays the singer and his career from about the ages of 17 to 42.
According to the production company, the film tells the story of the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story, set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton, tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
The film also stars Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot” and “Fantastic Four”) as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones” and “Cinderella”) as Elton’s first manager John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help” and “Jurassic World”) as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.
Top Critic Kevin Maher with “The Times (UK)” said the film “finds strength in texture, beauty in sadness, and an inspired finale in a crackpot arrangement of one of the singer’s greatest hits.”
Overall the Critics’ Consensus on the Rotten Tomatoes website said “it’s going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist’s life like ‘Rocketman.’”
Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film is rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content.
Other films released to rental outlets this week include:
n “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” directed by Michael Dougherty and starring Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species - thought to be mere myths — rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language.
n “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” directed by Chris Renaud, Jonathan Del Val and staring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford and Patton Oswalt. It will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
The film is rated PG for some action and rude humor.
The synopsis for each film comes from rottentomatoes.com.