Start the Oscar countdown: ‘Surreal’ Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ will blast off without the burdens that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ faced [Watch Video]

Start the Oscar countdown: ‘Surreal’ Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ will blast off without the burdens that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ faced  [Watch Video]
It is hard not to compare “Rocketman,” which officially takes off in theaters on May 31 but will have a special early nationwide Fandango showing on May 18, to last year’s tune-filled phenom “Bohemian Rhapsody.” For one, it shares the same director, Dexter Fletcher. It also centers upon a flashy British rock star, Elton John, who broke out in the ’70s and would become a gay icon. But what sets it apart from that paean to the magic of Queen front man Freddie Mercury is that the production isn’t burdened by many of the pitfalls that its predecessor had to overcome.

By most measures, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a musical biopic about the life of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, was an astonishing success despite such drawbacks as having its original star Sacha Baron Cohen dropping out and scandal-enmeshed director Bryan Singer being replaced after taking long absences and clashing with the cast and crew.
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