Taron Egerton has a difficult task, to capture both the trauma and talent of Elton John. He does so very well, keeping his own but depicting what we think Elton would be like in his real personal life.
We are given insights in his life changing events, using music and slow-mo which actually leave a mark, etching it in your memory. The supporting cast is perfect, notably Richard Madden as John Reid, Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin and Bryce Dallas Howard as his mother Sheila Eileen.
The film is engaging and treads the tricky road between emotional ruin and musical genius with great precision. It speaks of the anguish of wanting to be loved and accepted, and losing yourself in addiction as a result of failing to do so. A carnival of feelings, music and costumes!