Elton John is arguably the greatest pop star of the 20th century, so when you get a musical of his early life it’s going to be pretty overwhelming.
The film traces the early life of Reginald ‘Reggie’ Dwight played by Kit Connor, a precociously talented but unloved child.
The film will use together much of the great hits into the story of Elton John’s early life. So the first major song in the musical is Saturday Night’s Alright set in the middle of a brawl in a par with the young Reggie begins singing career
Reggie grows up to become Elton John, a transformation we see at the LA nightclub, the Troubadour, where he sings Crocodile Rock to a wildly enthusiastic audience.
From there, the rest is history.
The film also explores John’s relationship with songwriter Bernie Taupin and the film makes one think that perhaps without Taupin there would probably never have been an Elton John.
The film ends with Elton John coming out of rehab having broken up with his songwriter and his manager. It does not explore the last 30 years of his life during during which he has married, raised two children, been sober and given much of his time to charitable works.
Probably not as fileable as sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s an unflinchingly honest portrayal of the singer’s life but when you look at it, it’s not actually all that interesting. The music is wonderful but we’ve heard The music and it’s interesting to see it woven into his early life.
But again it’s not all that Interesting it’s just a song and dance routine about a drug-addled pop star a highly talented young child who became a superstar.