Taron Egerton (Elton John) in a scene from "Rocketman."
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Whatever you say about Dexter Fletcher's glossy, glittering, blinged-out Elton John biopic "Rocketman," it doesn't lack for sparkle.The two movies even share a villain in music manager John Reid (Aiden Gillen in "Bohemian Rhapsody," Richard Madden here).Egerton gives it his all, and if there's one quality that's most essential in an Elton John movie, it's spiritedness.In one scene, John, whom rock critic Robert Christgau once termed a "one-man zeitgeist," himself rockets from an arena stage into the night sky and explodes as a piece of fireworks.All of John's stage theatrics and feathered costumes, "Rocketman" suggests, are a way for John to hide from himself, from "Reginald Dwight," but any demons that John might be haunted by are given only lip service. Maybe Elton couldn't cope with reality, but "Rocketman" certainly can't. Instead, Fletcher's movie is primarily one of metamorphosis, mythically drawn.
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