How do you capture someone like Elton John on the big screen? He’s larger than life in many ways but is his story too big for the big screen… We’re about to find out. His life from an early age was difficult. His home life was far from ideal, his only want at a young age was acceptance and love. That only came from one person, but it wasn’t the person that he needed it from. He would come to discover an astonishing ability and this one person that believed in him would help him to pursue his passion. As the years passed, he became a bit of a novelty act. Playing pubs and background for other musicians or just mindless entertainment. It never stopped him from reaching out to those in the industry though. Through one connection, he was put in touch with someone who would change his life. Together, they would compose and create his iconic songs. Along the way, he struggled. As amazing as his life was, he needed more. His addictions got to a point that they controlled his life, it was all behind the scenes though. Fans flocked to him to be entertained and he flocked to his addictions for the same reason. Life finally got to be too much and he hit a brick wall. At that point, he walked away from everything that he knew and reached out for help. That is where this movie begins and ends, at a moment that was once of the highest and lowest points in his life and career. The story that is presented here is not for the faint of heart, it’s raw, it’s real, it’s life. Is it for everyone? No, but for the majority, it’s a ride that must be experienced to be understood.
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