Rocketman Biopic Shows How Rehab Turned Elton’s Life Around
Musical biographical films are all the rage right now, following the record-breaking success of Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Cinema audiences have flocked to see the movie about the life of Elton John, “Rocketman”, starring Welsh actor Taron Egerton.
The musical fantasy opens with John, in a flamboyant devil costume, bursting into a group rehab session to talk about his problems with addiction. He then recounts his story in flashback, beginning in 1950s London where young Reginald Dwight is a child prodigy, living with his harsh mother Sheila and his mostly absent, emotionless father Stanley, who was incapable of showing love or affection. The only encouragement he received came from his kindly grandmother Ivy, who helped him attend the Royal Academy of Music.
The film charts Elton rise, from playing with a blues band to signing with DJM Records and meeting lyricist Bernie Taupin, and one of the greatest song writing teams in history is born. Bernie accepts Elton’s sexuality from the beginning, and they become close friends. He is with him every step of the way as Elton becomes a major star in the 1970s.
Elton saw the dark side of fame, the alcohol and drug use, excessive lifestyle and turbulent relationship with his business manager John Reid, all culminating in an attempted suicide. Rocketman shows him wrestling with the scars of his past and the fear he will never find love, along with doubting if he could ever make music without drugs or alcohol – all too common among addicts who, before finding recovery, all fear they cannot live without their substance.
However, by undergoing rehab, and with the support of Bernie and others, he cleaned himself up, eventually writing the hit song `I’m Still Standing` which marked his comeback. This makes `Rocketman` not just a dramatization of the life of a pop icon, but a testament to how rehab treatment can help someone conquer their addictions.
Elton is a million-selling Grammy, Brit and Oscar-winning recording artist, but he has been sober for almost thirty years now and has found the love of his life, which is just as remarkable an achievement. What anexample to the rest of us in recovery and those of us who need recovery.
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