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David "Mosky" Moskowitz

Mosky Reviews The New "Rocketman" Movie.

If you love classic rock and Elton John’s music, you’ll love the two-hour, “Rocketman.” Loosely based on Elton’s life as told through the many hit songs in his vast song catalogue.

A friend of mine said it was “tacky,” but I didn’t find that to be the case. I found it very entertaining. “Rocketman” goes where “Bohemian Rhapsody” should’ve gone: Starting with Elton as a boy whose real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight, the piano prodigy grew up in England in a house of two, unfortunately, UNLOVING parents.

It also goes deeper in the drug, alcohol, sex addiction and homosexual fronts as well which maybe the reason “Rocketman’s” box office hasn’t come anywhere NEAR the scale of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. But unlike Freddy Mercury, Elton is alive — 72 — and you can still see this living legend perform on his farewell tour.

Like Rami Malek who plays Freddy Mercury and was the winnner of the 2018 Best Actor Oscar, British actor, Taron David Egerton, known for the 2014 film “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Egerton does a tremendous job portraying Elton, who took his stage name from Elvis and John Lennon, not just physically, but vocally impressive as well. It’s not easy emulating Elton’s soaring vocals. Taron Egerton should get nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for this performance.

By the way, the controversy of a straight actor playing a gay man is just babble and drivel. What matters is Taron’s stand out performance and impressive vocals. The costume designer should, also,get an Oscar nomination well as for replicating Elton’s stage attire throughout his career.

Like “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” recreation of Queen’s now historic 1985 Live Aid performance, I absolutely LOVED the scene at the Troubadour, the legendary intimate club in Los Angeles where Elton first performed in America.

“Rocketman” would probbly play better as a Broadway play, which I hope happens, but with a great soundtrack, a somewhat “tacky” at times choreography and Taron Egerton's authentic performance as Elton. "Rocketman" is worth watching, even if just for the music. I give “Rocketman” four Mosky’s.