(2019) (Taron Egerton, Jaime Bell) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Musical: While in AA, a world-famous musician recounts his early days, rise to success, and then battles with his various addictions.
- Arriving at an AA meeting, world-famous musician Elton John (TARON EGERTON) admits to his various addictions and then begins to recount his tale, including being a young musical prodigy named Reginald Dwight with an emotionally distant father, Stanley (STEVEN MACKINTOSH), and a hot and cold mother, Sheila (BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD). Years later, and upon meeting songwriter Bernie Taupin (JAMIE BELL), Elton flourishes, with local record producer Dick James (STEPHEN GRAHAM) getting the work of the two noticed.
With one of Dick's workers, Ray Williams (CHARLIE ROWE), accompanying them, they head off to Los Angeles where they make a big splash, including eventually impressing record producer John Reid (RICHARD MADDEN) who steals Elton away from Dick while also becoming Elton's lover. But Elton's growing fame results in a growing addiction to booze and drugs, all of which threatens to derail his career and his various personal and professional relationships.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those who are fans of Elton John mostly likely will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language throughout, some drug use and sexual content.
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