Robert’s Reviews: Rocketman

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Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for the new Elton John biopic, Rocketman. This musical journey follows the life of Elton John from young British boy to world famous singer, and all the ups and downs that came with it. Click the video below to watch the review!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 17-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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7 Responses

  1. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    I, too, LOVED this movie . . .. love Elton John and I too believe that he is a genius contemporary composer. My take on the production was that it opened with him walking into rehab and the rest of the movie consisted of him flashing back on areas of his life that made him who he was. The entire movie was his therapy session and him reliving and facing the demons that threatened him . . . then walking out of therapy at the end as a healthier human being. I thought that it was interesting that the story stopped with the end of his therapy and before his later successes with Lion King and Aida. As the saying goes, “that was a whole ‘nother story.”

  2. Well done, Robert. I liked Bohemian Rhapsody, but I liked Rocketman even more. I agree with you 100 percent.

  3. Agree! I’ve seen it twice and adored it even more the second time. Just a brilliant film about music, art and love.

  4. Valerie Ing Valerie Ing says:

    I just saw Rocketman last night and absolutely agree with your assessment!! Brilliantly done meshing the musical numbers with the drama and getting into Elton’s head and heart. I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to shine at mimicking Elton’s style, but I think Taron did a fabulous job coming really close. I think my favorite musical number was when he played at the Troubadour! I loved Bohemian Rhapsody…this was better.

  5. Avatar Eleanor Townsend says:

    Great review, Robert. I liked Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody equally, and your distinction between them is excellent. Most memorable (tear-jerking) scene for me in Rocketman is when he is in the red phone booth talking to his mother. No spoilers, but the acting in that scene was remarkable.

  6. Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

    I’ve been wanting to see this movie. Planning on going during the week and looking forward to it even more after your review. Thanks, Robert. It’s also nice to see a 9 out of 10. Have you ever given a movie 10 out of 10? Hmm …

  7. Avatar Carolyn Dokter says:

    Now I have to go see it! I adore Elton and have been to three of his concerts! I was afraid the movie would not do him justice. Thank you!