With the popularity of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” audiences seem to be ready for films geared toward classic musicians and film makers are ready to give them what they want this summer.
“Rocketman,” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John is the first of three films releasing this summer that center around classic music, including “Yesterday,” about Beatles music and “Blinded by the Light,” with a story line focused on music by Bruce Springsteen.
The film follows the true life story of Elton John and his breakthrough years and Egerton 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 being released to the box office this weekend 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 “Ma,” directed by Tate Taylor and starring Octavia Spencer, Missi Pyle,Diana Silvers, Luke Evans and McKaley Miller. Sue Ann is a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare.
This film is rated R for violent/disturbing material, language throughout, sexual content, and teen drug and alcohol use.
The synopsis for each film comes from rottentomatoes.com.