The plain-spoken, sober Elton vs. the wild ghost of his past...
Elton John ceased being relevant to rock music fans right around the time he won an Oscar for 1994's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from Disney's "The Lion King". As wise--and as soberly raffish--as he seems to be, Elton doesn't appear to grasp this fact, nor does his comment about being unfulfilled playing the same hits night after night hold much water upon seeing the footage of him performing in Las Vegas. Vegas has become the proverbial graveyard for 1970s talents interested only in mining gold from past glories; no matter how spruced the stage, the concept is a creative dead-end. Elton wants us to believe he still has great music left in him, but this brief documentary gives us no evidence the performer will ever return to his early glory. Also, equating John and long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin with John Lennon and Paul McCartney seems almost ludicrous with what is sampled here. The (rather scant) footage assembled from Elton's past shows a reckless narcissist who was like a vacuum cleaner for fame, not an artist striving to give his audience the best of his abilities. An entire career is whittled down to a few fey remarks and smirks; the only telling moment in the hour is when John, viewing footage of himself performing at Princess Diana's funeral, asks that the film be turned off. I wouldn't be surprised in ten years to find him revisiting this precise footage and tossing off another one-liner.
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