Even though Elton John and John Reid broke up in 1975, Reid remained John's manager until 1998. Elton John stated in interviews that post breakup he and Reid had a cordial relationship that was 100% purely business. See more »
Elton and Bernie are driven to their gig at the Troubadour - which occurred on 25 August 1970 - in a 1977-1979 Lincoln Continental (identifiable by the tall chrome front grille). As they arrive at the Troubadour, they are passed in the other direction by a dark-colored late-1980's Chevrolet Caprice (identifiable by its flat, flush taillights). See more »
The film has a 'text ending'. It reveals that Elton John has been sober for 28 years and counting (but still has a problem with shopping), has established a successful aids charity that has raised over $400 million for HIV/ aids sufferers, is still friends with Bernie Taupin and has never had an argument with him, has finally found proper love with his now husband David Furnish, and has retired from making music in order to focus on raising his two sons. See more »
This is not a movie about a rock star with their music simply part of the facts of the story. It is a musical in the truest sense, that uses his own music to show his tribulations through the eyes of a man during the troubled years of his life. The movie is not always chronological and in some cases is more figurative than historical. In this way it can convey Sir Elton John's life and struggles in a way that the viewer may understand on a more personal level. The acting, writing and singing are superb.
The star did not try to truly imitate Elton but instead preforned the pieces in his own style that he molded as closely as possible to the original. It sounds odd, but it works.
As always you can never sum up any life, book or story in a 2 or so hour movie, but this comes close. You leave feeling like you really got to know the real, yet flawed, human Elton John. Overall a wonderful movie.
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