7.6/10
44,649
553 user 283 critic

Rocketman (2019)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer

Get Showtimes & Tickets

In 9 theaters near Ashburn VA US [change]

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director:

Dexter Fletcher

Writer:

Lee Hall
Reviews
Popularity
22 ( 2)

What Surprised the 'Rocketman' Cast About Elton John

Rocketman stars Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Richard Madden reveal the most surprising thing they discovered about Elton John while filming the musical biopic.

Watch now

3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Yesterday III (2019)
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino
Elton John: Rocket Man (Video 2017)
Animation | Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An animated music video for the classic song.

Directors: Majid Adin, Stephen McNally
Stars: Elton John
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Director: Chad Stahelski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Director: Michael Dougherty
Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts
Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Booksmart (2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper
Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all of humanity.

Director: Simon Kinberg
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taron Egerton ... Elton John
Jamie Bell ... Bernie Taupin
Richard Madden ... John Reid
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Sheila
Gemma Jones ... Ivy
Steven Mackintosh ... Stanley
Tom Bennett ... Fred
Matthew Illesley ... Young Reggie
Kit Connor ... Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe ... Ray Williams
Peter O'Hanlon Peter O'Hanlon ... Bobby (as Pete O'Hanlon)
Ross Farrelly Ross Farrelly ... Cyril
Evan Walsh Evan Walsh ... Elton Dean
Tate Donovan ... Doug Weston
Sharmina Harrower Sharmina Harrower ... Heather
Edit

Storyline

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Only Way to Tell His Story is to live His Fantasy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocketman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray Studios, England, UK

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,725,722, 2 June 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$92,812,119, 17 July 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,160,016, 14 July 2019
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rocket Pictures' first live-action film and second film from Paramount Pictures after Sherlock Gnomes (2018). See more »

Goofs

The phone next to the bed at Mama Cass' house is British - a GPO 722, which would not work in the US as among other things, it has the wrong kind of plug. See more »

Quotes

Elton John: Oh, just write the fucking songs, Bernie. Let me handle the rest!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Stills of Taron Edgerton from scenes in the film are compared to real life images of Elton John throughout the end credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Sara Cox Show: Episode #1.13 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Lee
Written by Jimmy Raney
Performed by Stan Getz with Jimmy Raney & Terry Gibbs
Published by Concord Bicycle Assets LLC
From the album "Early Stan" (Prestige 7255)
Courtesy of Prestige Records
By arrangement with Concord
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Should have expected this.

It's going to get very mixed reviews. I predict many will love it, and many will revile it. I was caught somewhere in the middle. Without giving any actual spoilers away, consider this:

1. If you absolutely HATE musicals, save your money. This is the John/Taupin equivalent of a Rodgers & Hammerstein. It is not presented as a straightforward biopic in the same manner as BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. 2. Much as I love Elton John, this "rock & roll fantasy" of his life treads a little too far into campy territory for me, with 2, maybe 3 very (thankfully) brief moments in the film that can only be described as cringeworthy. ("Oh, come on, guys--seriously?" moments.) There were times when I genuinely felt this was going to end up as the Ken Russell version of TOMMY for the new millennium. 3. Never, at any point in the film, is Paul Buckmaster mentioned or acknowledged. This infuriated me! For those who don't already know: in the early days of EJ's career, Paul was the orchestrator who provided EJ with the BEAUTIFUL, lush string accompaniments that added so much to EJ's early music (classic example: EJ's soundtrack to the 1971 French film, FRIENDS) and, IMHO, could have been a big player in his success as a burgeoning artist, firmly introducing/establishing The Elton John "Sound." He SHOULD have been a part of this film--even a small one, if deemed necessary--but for him to be utterly omitted from the story mystifies me. Maybe someone in the know can enlighten me on this.

These 3 things, however, are about my only problems with the film. Credit must be given where it's due:

1. Taron Egerton is actually pretty amazing. Some might see his acting as occasionally over the top, but frankly and for all we know, maybe EJ really did act that "extremely" at times, considering his anger issues. His singing, most of the time, is virtually spot-on, catching EJ's lilting singing style quite well. 2. The supporting cast: Jamie Bell (Bernie Taupin), Bryce Dallas Howard , Richard Madden (EJ's agent & self-centered 1st lover), Stephen Graham (Dick James), Tate Donovan (L.A.'s Troubador Club manager Doug Weston), Gemma Jones (Ivy, EJ's grandmother, I think...? Or friend of the family?) & Steven Mackintosh (EJ's cold, uncaring father)...and all others in the film, essentially faultless. ESPECIALLY Jamie's portrayal of Bernie. Wow. 3. You can't really find fault with the staging and choreography of the musical numbers. Very professionally done. 4. You will learn many things about EJ's life in this film that you may not have known before...I know I did. 5. Have a few Kleenexes handy. Enough said. 6. Don't leave right away after the credits roll.

So, is it worth seeing? My criticisms aside (and we all know what they say about opinions), it really comes down to this: if you're a fan--and especially a DEDICATED fan, like me, who's followed him from his humble beginnings in America in the summer of 1970--go see it. Decide for yourself if my gripes hold any water.


137 of 197 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 553 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed