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EntertainmentWhat Rocketman gets right that Bohemian Rhapsody got wrong

15:31  24 may  2019
15:31  24 may  2019 Source:   digitalspy.com

‘Rocketman’ Production Team Took the Fantasy Route With the Elton John Biopic

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Anyone going in to Rocketman expecting a traditional biopic about Elton John will be surprised when the first song kicks in.

Taking Elton right back to his childhood, 'The Bitch Is Back' turns into a big group number, sung by both the grown-up version of Elton and his childhood self.

It sets the stall for the movie's "musical fantasy" take on Elton's life, preparing you for a biopic like no other.

It couldn't be further from the straightforward approach of Bohemian Rhapsody, so the two movies can't really be compared in that way but Rocketman's structure does highlight a key issue with the Oscar-winning Queen movie.

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Bohemian Rhapsody took plenty of liberties in telling the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen! Some of the characters in Bohemian Rhapsody were also made up, including specific record executives. Along with certain executives, the way Paul Prenter got fired was a little different than the

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock band Queen. It follows the singer's life from just before he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid

Rocketman sees Elton look back on his life from rehab and, as director Dexter Fletcher explained, we don't always remember things how they happened.

"Elton is our storyteller in the film and it's his memory of those times, and sometimes our memory plays tricks on us or we remember things in a particularly colourful or different way and that's the idea we're playing with," said Fletcher.

What Rocketman gets right that Bohemian Rhapsody got wrong© Paramount/DigitalSpy/AH - 20th Century Fox Elton John biopic Rocketman showcases how musical biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody should be approaching their subjects. If there's one downside to that approach, it's that you don't leave Rocketman feeling like you know much more about Elton John, either as a person or how he came up with all of his classic hits.

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Here are just a few things that Bohemian Rhapsody got right and wrong about Freddie Mercury: RIght : Freddie Mercury was very inspired by actress Marlene Dietrich. In the film, a quick moment shows Freddie standing in his brand-new home at Garden Lodge with a large, iconic photo of German

Don't get us wrong , it's not easy to take someone's life, especially one as wild as Mercury's, and distill it into a easy-to-follow two-hour narrative. In Bohemian Rhapsody , Freddie meets Mary Austin, his longtime girlfriend, the same night he met the band, telling her he liked her jacket before finding her at

Rocketman isn't particularly interested in the hard facts, so can be more playful with Elton's history.

For example, Elton's drug overdose sees him sink to the bottom of a swimming pool, start a duet of 'Rocketman' with child Elton and eventually end up on stage to finish off the song.

But by never proclaiming to be 100% faithful to the truth, Rocketman avoids a common pitfall with biopics that usually have to take some creative licence with real-life events.

You can't accuse Rocketman of not telling the truth when it doesn't even claim to in the first place.

This is where even though the two are very different movies, Bohemian Rhapsody could have learned something from Rocketman.

What Rocketman gets right that Bohemian Rhapsody got wrong© 20th Century Fox Bohemian Rhapsody By taking a traditional approach to telling the story of Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody opened itself up to more scrutiny over the story it told.

Bending the truth a little is fine when it came to things like how Queen formed, but not with serious events like Freddie Mercury's HIV diagnosis.

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Much of the criticism of Bohemian Rhapsody is that it whitewashes or gets wrong several aspects of the real-life history of beloved rock icon Freddie Mercury. What the movie gets wrong about her: In the movie, Freddie introduces himself to her. In real life, she first met and briefly dated Brian May, and

“’ Bohemian Rhapsody ’ was 10 years old at that point and The Game, which had two American RELATED VIDEO: Queen’s ‘ Bohemian Rhapsody ’ Is the Most-Streamed Song from the 20th “I think it was the right time. The audience had to sit through bands who maybe weren’t as exciting as Queen

First, the movie creates an entirely fictional period where Queen effectively broke up as Freddie worked on his solo album.

Shortly after this, Freddie received his devastating diagnosis and it's used as a motivation for him getting back together with Queen as well as performing at Live Aid as though it could be the last time ever.

What Rocketman gets right that Bohemian Rhapsody got wrong© Paramount Taron Egerton as Elton John, Rocketman This just didn't happen.

We don't know exactly when Freddie got his diagnosis, but the earliest reported estimate is 1986 (after Live Aid) and the band didn't know until a few years later.

So there was no heartbreaking confession in the Live Aid rehearsals as Bohemian Rhapsody suggests.

What Rocketman gets right that Bohemian Rhapsody got wrong© Fox Searchlight Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody Yes, we know they were making a movie not a documentary but it's still a crass reworking of events that leaves a bad taste in the mouth afterwards.

We're not saying that every music biopic needs to take a Rocketman approach as it's a singular style that very much fits Elton John as an artist.

However, it wouldn't hurt other biopics if they were a bit more creative in their approach.

If you're going to shift events around to fit your narrative, then you might as well be more open about it from the get-go.

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What Rocketman gets right that Bohemian Rhapsody got wrong

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