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Our top ten of the 2010s: Rocketman (2019)

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Fine Film FactsRocketman (2019)

Director(s): Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on the Leith).

Writer(s): Lee Hall.

Cerficicate: 15.

Genre: Biopic / Musical / Drama.

Main Cast: Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Testament of Youth) as Elton John, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, The Adventures of Tintin) as Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden (Cinderella, Bastille Day) as John Reid.

Distributor: Paramount Pictures.

Budget/Box Office: $40 million / $195 million.

MajorAward(s): No nominations so far.

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10


This decade has seen numerous bibliographical films, and Rocketman in particular provides an eye-opening account of Elton John’s career.

Whilst the film is largely set in the 1970s, it explores current issues, such as LGBTQ+ equality and addiction. Supported with a Grammy Award nominated soundtrack, the film provides a glimmer of hope.

We watch Elton rise through adversity and become on the most success artists in the world. The harrowing depiction of addiction provides insight into the private lives of many celebrities. The incredible acting from Taron Egerton, who plays Elton, and Richard Madden, who portrays Elton’s manager John Reid, contribute greatly to this message. They emulate their characters perfectly and help bring this incredible story to life.

This cinematic masterpiece is one of the most important films of the decade because it brings social issues to the forefront, and ensured the revival of age-old songs. 

Last modified: 6th December 2019

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