Back in May, Dexter Fletcher’s musical delve into the life of pop icon Elton John, ‘Rocketman’ made its way into the hearts of both critics and fans of the living legend. Now, with the Home Entertainment release of the film available to relive the sparkling energy and toe-tapping renditions of some of Elton’s most iconic songs from the comfort of your own home, we got to take a tour around London to relive some moments from the film before interviewing Dexter and some of the crew from the film.
Based on a true fantasy, ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s (Taron Egerton) breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.
This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
To begin our Elton John jaunt, we boarded a classic route master bus to the dulcet tones of Taron belting out a few Elton numbers (via a stream of the film soundtrack, not the man himself we might add), destination ‘Rocketman’, to experience brunch at The Regency Café in Pimlico. The cafe played host to the scene in which Taron’s Elton and Jamie Bell’s Bernie Taupin – Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner – meet for the first time.
Jumping back on the bus, for a short ride, our next stop was The Royal Albert Hall for our very own private tour of the age-old iconic building. The venue played host to Elton on numerous occasions from his own personal tours to charity events. The tour included our very own glimpse at the Elton John archive which is housed in the tiny of rooms. We also got a glimpse of the bright red piano that featured in the film.
Our next stop was a long old bumpy ride to Elton’s childhood home of Pinnar to visit the quiet residential street in which the opening musical scene was filmed before heading back to a plush hotel in central London to talk to the men who made the film happen.
We sat down with director Dexter Fletcher on receiving validation from Elton John himself and Taron’s surprising singing talent, Costume Designer Julian Day on bringing the painstaking creations of Elton’s outfits to life, Music Producer Giles Martin on adapting Elton’s music to fit the film and Vocal and Piano instructor Michael L. Roberts on getting Taron and the cast ready for the musical numbers that make up the film.
Watch all the interviews from the day below.
Rocketman is available to Download & Keep on September 14 and on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on September 30