New image of Taron Egerton as Elton John in the musical fantasy ‘Rocketman’



Not enough chest hair. Too much head hair. Too handsome. To tell you the truth, probably needs a little more like Tobias Bluth.

I grew up listening to Elton John relentlessly. I didn't get to the classic albums. He's had 19 top ten hits on the Billboard singles chart, and if you reach forward to top 40, the count is 57. That makes him the third most successful artist in the history of American music, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. 

The greatest Elton John songs, as far as I'm concerned, are "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Crocodile Rock," "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon" "Mona Lisa and the Mad Hatters," and "Some Saved My Life Tonight."

With all that being said, John's lived a chaotic life. I won't get into everything here, but a film has been made about the singer's life despite him still being very much alive at the, still active, age of 71. The trailer was released last year and it looks ... fine. I don't know. The aptly-titled "Rocketman" stars Taron Egerton as Elton and his voice sounds more like it belongs in a boy-band than in John's repertory. Also, his look is not as, err, rugged as Elton's was back in the day.

“Rocketman” is being dubbed as a "musical fantasy." What does that mean? I'm not sure. Maybe director Dexter Fletcher is taking a cue from  Julie Taymor's outrageous Beatles-centered "Across the Universe" for this film. 



“Rocketman” will be coming to theaters on May 17, 2019.