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You've heard the term "feel-good movie of the summer"? This is the one, folks. (Illustration by Francesca Mahaney, Pratt Institute)
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There’s more to Elton John than his trademark sunglasses.

If you’re looking for a movie to watch this summer, look no further than “Rocketman.” The film, which stars Taron Egerton as Elton John, is full of fashionable outfits, charismatic characters and great acting. It follows the music icon’s story, from his youth through adulthood, and showcases his interest in music from an early age, as well as the journey that his love of music led him on. The upbeat movie is full of surprises, and anyone who has not seen it will be not be disappointed. The film is rated R, for graphic scenes and heavy drug use.

There are various musical numbers sprinkled throughout the production, including popular songs such as “Rocketman,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Crocodile Rock” and many more hits that fans will instantly recognize. Throughout the film, the singer grows up and faces challenges from a young age, finding himself in relatable situations that resonate with the audience. Without giving too much away, the film is one that will make you want to get up and sing along; portraying Elton John’s highs and lows in his rise to stardom, it’s both entertaining and emotional.

The hit movie was released in theaters on May 31, and on its opening weekend in the United States, “Rocketman” made an estimated $25 million. There are a few reasons why it was such a hit at the box office. “Rocketman” shows Elton John’s strained relationship with his father and his struggle with addiction, as well as the difficult decision to come out to his mother as gay after so many years. There are many powerful moments in the film that will stir up the audience’s emotions.

At first glance, the Dexter Fletcher-helmed production might appear to be a biopic like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but according to Egerton, it’s more than that. “It’s a fantasy musical, so it’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments,” he told Pop Sugar. “He’s not the only character that sings. It’s going to be fun.” And, at times, other characters in the film join Elton John in song.

Throughout “Rocketman,” the musician struggles internally, putting up the facade that everything is alright, but it doesn’t last very long. Eventually, those around him begin to see through him and express concern over his addictions, but when his friends and family try to help, he pushes them away until he can come to terms with his issues on his own. While the movie has a lot of downs, there are plenty of ups, as well.

The singer’s husband, David Furnish, commented that John enjoyed the movie, and he has reason to, given that the cast does such a great job in their roles; the musical numbers and the acting are incredible. The film will make viewers laugh and cry, as they see how the singer came to accept himself. The struggle toward self-acceptance is one that many people can relate to, and through his journey we can see the benefits of being able to love yourself. Egerton does a wonderful job portraying Elton, with bright and colorful outfits that are almost spot-on to what the musician himself has worn.

The film is definitely visually bright with its vivid clothes and lighting, but it has its dark side as well; moments abound where not everything is shiny and flamboyant. John’s heavy drug use and dependence on alcohol is evident in the movie, which nearly ruin him. The singer was known for throwing lavish parties and standing out in a crowd, but those who have seen the movie will know that on the inside, Elton John was not a happy man, because he didn’t accept who he was for a very long time. Only the people that knew him well really understood what he was dealing with, and they tried to help as best they could.

It took a lot for the singer to love himself, and the film details his journey in getting there. It was a long road to self-acceptance, but he finally learns it by accepting the help that he needed. The movie might be filled with great musical hits from the past, but it is also full of heartfelt moments. Fans of the musician will not be disappointed with the movie; if the iconic singer liked it, there is no reason his fans should not.

The movie has received great reviews, which describe Egerton as “an electrifying presence,” while others say, “ … the real star of this electric biopic is director Dexter Fletcher.” If you still haven’t been persuaded to watch the movie, go ahead and read the rave reviews, because there are plenty out there.

For those who have not seen it yet (or if you have seen the movie and want to see it again), the movie is still in theaters. Don’t forget, “Rocketman” is not exactly a family-friendly movie, so don’t bring the kids. At two hours and one minute long, it’s a lengthy one, so bring your popcorn and snacks, and get ready to go on a heartfelt journey with superstar Elton John.

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