RocketMan (2019)


 Biograficzny, Dramat, Fantasy


 Historia życia Eltona Johna ukazująca artystę od jego najmłodszych lat w Królewskiej Akademii Muzycznej po długoletnią współpracę z autorem tekstów, Berniem Taupinem.


 Dressed in a flamboyant devil’s outfit, Elton John enters an addiction rehabilitation session, and begins to recount his life in a flashback.

In 1950s England, young Elton (born Reginald Dwight) is cared for by his cold mother Sheila and more caring grandmother Ivy; his father Stanley is mostly absent from the home while serving in the Royal Air Force. Reginald shows interest in playing the piano and shows that he has the ability to hear music and instantly play it perfectly on the piano. He hopes to play something for his father on his return, but when Stanley returns home, he takes no interest in his son or his talent for music. Reginald soon begins taking formal lessons with the support of Ivy, leading him to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Stanley eventually abandons his family after Sheila has an affair with another man. Later, Reginald takes up an interest in rock music artists such as Elvis Presley, and begins performing in local pubs. An adult Reginald then joins the band Bluesology.

One night, Bluesology is hired to play backup for a touring American soul band, and one of the singers suggests that if Reginald wants to become famous, he has to write some songs, change his name, and put his old life behind him and start anew. This inspires Reginald to change his name to Elton John. Elton begins writing music and tries to find success with Dick James’ record label DJM Records under the management of Ray Williams. Williams introduces Elton to songwriter Bernie Taupin and the two quickly form a friendship. Elton’s homosexuality is revealed by his former partners in the soul band, but Bernie accepts his revelation. They move into a flat together to work on their songs, but they leave the flat after Elton ends his romantic relationship with their landlady.

Elton and Bernie return to Elton’s family home to continue writing, and create „Your Song”, which impresses James, and he sets up a performance for them at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. At first, Elton is nervous, but the audience is impressed with his performance. At an after-party at Mama Cass’s home in the Hollywood Hills, Elton feels abandoned when Bernie leaves him to spend time with a woman. He is approached by John Reid, a music manager who is attracted to Elton. The two sleep together and reunite later. Reid’s influence over Elton causes him to spiral into a life of debauchery as his career raises to expectations, and he becomes a successful musician, embracing a flamboyant stage persona.

After Elton appoints him as his new manager, Reid starts to manipulate him and insists he come out to his mother and father as gay so they can help hide their sexual relationship from the press. Elton reconnects with Stanley, who has since remarried and has two sons. Stanley still shows no interest in Elton, though he exhibits physical affection for his new family. Made unhappy by this encounter, Elton storms away from Reid to call his mother on a payphone to tell her that he is gay. Sheila bluntly informs him that she was already aware of his sexuality and does not care, telling him that he is facing a life of being alone forever. Upset by his mother’s reply, Elton turns to Reid for comfort, only to be scolded by Reid, who strikes him and orders him to focus on his sold-out concerts. Struggling with his parental issues, as well as Reid’s increasing abuse, Elton becomes addicted to alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, shopping, and sex.

Lonely and upset, Elton develops a short temper with people while still consuming drugs and alcohol, alienating those who care for him. On one occasion, he catches Reid cheating on him with another man. Elton breaks off their relationship, but Reid claims that he does not care as long as Elton is making him money. Later that day during a house party, Elton consumes a large amount of drugs and alcohol, and attempts suicide by jumping into his pool. He is rushed to the hospital and is quickly brought to Dodger Stadium to continue performing.

Elton has a short lived marriage which ends after his homosexuality becomes obvious. He falls out with both his mother and Bernie. Feeling infuriated, increasingly agitated, and depressed, Elton consumes prescription pills and alcohol, causing him to suffer from a heart attack. He is once again rushed to the hospital, but Reid hears the news and shrugs it off as a mild chest infection, forcing Elton to get back on stage for his next performance. Realizing that his life is spiraling out of control, Elton leaves Madison Square Garden before the performance and finally seeks help. He enters rehabilitation and learns that he no longer needs anything from his parents or Reid. Elton rekindles his friendship with Bernie, who brings him new song lyrics to try and help get him back in action. At first, Elton is worried that he cannot do music anymore without the alcohol or drugs, but Bernie has confidence in him. This leads to Elton writing „I’m Still Standing” and he returns to performing.

Elton has been sober for over 28 years. He remains good friends with Bernie, and is now married to David Furnish, with whom he has two children.




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