Elton John is one of the most beloved and revered men on this planet in 2019. I finally got around to seeing the movie Rocketman and there is so much to say here. I first remember hearing of him when we rocked to Bennie and the Jets back in the day, as we say.
His songs have been the musical backdrop for many years of our lives and certainly for those of us who have been around for a while. As he went through his changes, we went through ours. This movie gave us insight into what sparked those songs during his personal battles. Taron Egerton was so believable as the knighted one.
For starters, Reginald Kenneth Dwight was born in the UK and lived with a loving grandmother, a troubled and lonely mother and an impatient and distant father who goes off to leave the family. The movie shows him at age five, as a preteen and then as an adult.
A lot of creative risks were taken as this biopic unfolds but we learn that Elton John wrestled with his own sexual preference. His outlandish clothes, his cocaine addiction, heavy boozing and pill-popping were his soul’s way of screaming, “I don’t like who I am.” One friend even told him, “When you finish killing yourself….”
His mother’s biting criticism, his father’s second marriage with two sons on who he doted and a love affair with a handsome but cruel business manager landed him in a hospital and a sanatorium. The only constants in his life were his grandmother who had escorted him to the Royal Academy of Music years earlier and his songwriter and loyal friend, Bernie Taupin. He and Bernie remain friends and business partners today.
Thank goodness Elton John finally accepted himself for the gods know how to create a genius. One line in the movie said, in essence, “You have to kill the person you are so that you can become the person you were meant to be.” He found a level of balance and peace through grace and we are all the richer for it.
I only wish that more of his songs had been played in full length, but a movie only has so much reel time. So, I have done the next best thing and took to YouTube as I continue to enjoy the music of the incomparable Sir Elton John!
Push play and Listen to Someone Saved My Life Tonight!
Lynn M. July 20, 2019