Sunday December 8, 2019

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

26th May, 2019
Taron Egerton in Rocketman

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 must straddle the line between the debauched reality that everyone presumably buys their tickets to see, and mass-market respectability.

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