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The Inspiration of Rocketman

Movies and books that depict life in its many forms and complexities sometimes include inspiration, either as a main theme or more likely as a part of a story that includes overcoming challenges or being knocked down by challenges. In many its a bit of both, reflecting life as it is for most of us. For extraordinary superstars that have a major breakthrough in their creative life the challenges and intensity are amplified many fold. 

Rocketman is a movie/musical that manages to fully engage the viewer and tell the amazing story of Elton John, with the sound track of his songs and lyrics reflecting the challenges and various experiences of his life. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions both intense and sad, exuberant and depressing, empowering and vulnerable.

The critics consensus on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes says it in a nutshell:  "It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman."

The main theme of the film is the transformation and inspiration that is both an integral part of Elton John's life and the audience's vicarious journey with him as they watch the film, as each scene is the equivalent of a "page turner" type of book.

from Rotten Tomatoes site:

"ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's 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" (

Sir Elton Hercules John was born March 25 1947. In 2018 he began a three year

Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The first leg of the tour ended on March 18 2019. The tour won an Billboard Music Award in the category Top Rock Tour.

I recommend the movie for the inspiration and transformation that happens in the film, which is based on true facts as well as embellished fantasy. The fantasy aspect is a depiction of what life may have been like for Elton John with overnight worldwide fame and stardom.

Whether you experienced the music of Elton John in the 1970's and 1980's as it was created and released, or you have heard the songs over the years since then, the movie will speak to you on different levels, and reaffirm the amazing possibilities of creativity and overcoming life's challenges. The official movie trailer is below. Enjoy the trailer, and/or the movie, and get inspired.

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