Taron Egerton – Rocket Man (Elton John cover)
In honour of the upcoming release of the Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman‘, in which Welsh thespian Taron Egerton plays one Reginald Kenneth Dwight aka Elton Hercules John, here is young Taron’s rendition of the classic ‘Rocket Man‘.
I’ve had the chance to see the movie twice prior to its release (and in a pretty nifty theatre, too, with a brilliant sound system – which really is how you want to experience this flick) and while I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Sir Elton (I’d say I have a street level appreciation of his music), that movie is a fantastic joyride.
Taron Egerton sings all the songs in the movie himself, and not only does he do a great job … some of the arrangements blow the regular versions of the songs out of the proverbial water. And just as Taron Egerton isn’t a perfect Elton John lookalike the entire time (at times the resemblance IS astounding, though), he isn’t a perfect soundalike either. Which isn’t a bad thing. Egerton puts his own, very charming spin on some of the tunes, and that makes it even better in my book.
So, good times to be had in this one. And you don’t have to be a big Elton John fan, a huge musical lover or know all the songs in question either. I for one enjoyed it and would easily put it above last year’s Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘. In fairness, they are different types/makes of music movies or musician biopics, but I’ll pick a repeat showing of ‘Rocketman‘ over a repeat of ‘BohRhap‘ anytime.