Elton’s still standing

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Art by Kayla Johnson

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OOF I NEED SLEEP

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On the heels of the most successful music biopic in history, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ a new music biopic is set to be released in late May. The topic is Elton John, the fourth most successful musician of all time. The legend, usually clad in sparkly Gucci suits and big sunglasses, will be featured in the highlights of his career, such as playing at Dodgers Stadium and his first performance at the Troubadour.

‘Rocketman’ is based on the “true fantasy” of the ‘Bennie and the Jets’ singer, who struggled with a drug addiction and depression during the height of his career. It includes the story of Bernie Taupin, John’s longtime songwriting partner (played by Jamie Bell), and how two seventeen year old boys from England managed to change music history forever. The singer is portrayed by Taron Egerton, who rose to fame by playing a character who saves Elton John in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle.’ Unlike Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, Egerton lends his voice to the film, covering all of Elton’s famous hits, such as ‘Your Song’ and ‘Crocodile Rock.’

Though ‘Rocketman’ will likely follow some of the steps that ‘BoRhap’ took in telling the singer’s story, ‘Rocketman’ will delve deeper into Elton’s personal demons. The Queen biopic received harsh criticism from reviewers and fans, who thought the film did not do Freddie Mercury justice in portraying his promiscuous lifestyle, as well as his AIDS story. ‘Rocketman’ does not seem to be that type of film. Since Elton himself produced the movie, he will be able to tell his own story honestly. This means showing the ugly side of his super stardom, which was laced with drugs, one-night stands, and bulimia.

The likely success of ‘Rocketman’ will encourage studios to release more music biopics. ‘BoRhap’ proved this to be true, and a Beatles-inspired movie, called ‘Yesterday,’ is set to be released at the end of the year. ‘Rocketman’ could also bring Oscar wins like ‘BoRhap’ did. The Queen biopic won four Academy Awards, and it took home numerous other awards, such as Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

‘Rocketman’ is slated for release on May 31 in cinemas nationwide. The film will no doubt be a success, as it wraps up a career spanning fifty-seven years. As Elton prepares to say goodbye to the Yellow Brick Road one final time, fans can see his career from his humble beginnings as a young boy in England to a superstar performing to millions.

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