Film: A true story full of wild fantasy

Film: A true story full of wild fantasy

An ebullient account of Elton John’s rise to fame in the 1970s combines the required biographical realism with exquisite flights of fantasy to deliver a stunning three-dimensional portrait

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Biopics are tricky. The perceived need to offer cinema audiences a comprehensive run-through of the subject’s Wikipedia entry tends to crowd out the actual drama that makes someone’s life worth making a film about in the first place. That goes double for the rock ’n’ roll biopic, which...

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