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MOVIE REVIEW: “Elton John: Tantrums And Tiaras (The Director’s Cut)”

David Furnish & Elton John

The annual holiday shopping craze is upon us again and people are panicking about the perfect gift to get their favorite people this year. If you are doing any online shopping, I recommend this little treat for any Elton John fans on your shopping list. (Find it HERE from Echo Bridge Entertainment only $6.99)

I grew up listening to/singing with Elton John’s songs (like most of he world has), but had never had the chance to watch this film until last week. I learned his lyrcs like my ABCs. The first song I ever performed in drag was Elton and RuPaul‘s version of “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart“. My perception of who Elton John was completely changed after watching this documentary of his from 2010. The film is a slice-of-Life film showing you the star’s life in his most successful year to date: before he and his partner, David Furnish, had a child.

This shows you the incredibly spoiled musical genius behind the love songs, awards, colorful performances, and personal growth. This was the man before he became a father and found something more important than himself. I was very saddened to see just how sad and lonely a person Elton John was in 2010. It makes me happy to know that his partner and his child are in his life now. Maybe he has found balance.

I was impressed with the complete picture shown of Elton during this film. You saw him at his best, worst and everything in between. It was powerful seeing such an icon as a self-conscious, low self-esteemed, hermit with the world at his bejeweled feet. This was a great reminder that no matter how much a person has in the world, it is nothing if you have no one to share it with. I recommend this as a gift to any Elton john fans, or maybe just someone naughty that needs a visual lesson in being spoiled. Either way, it’s a great film that any collection should have.  GRADE: 4 STARS

This incredibly personal documentary offers an extraordinary insight into one of the world’s greatest musical talents and his larger than life lifestyle. For the first time Elton John gives a camera crew unprecedented access into his personal and professional lives. This remarkably brave and honest film gives the viewer a fascinating and touching look at the complex character of a modern day composer and performing artist.

Directed by his partner, David Furnish, the film chronicles the year 1995, one of the most successful years in Elton’s multi-faceted career. The Brit Awards, the Academy Awards®, a new album release and a massive world tour provide the backdrop for some frank, funny and touching filmmaking.

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One Response to MOVIE REVIEW: “Elton John: Tantrums And Tiaras (The Director’s Cut)”

  1. Rob H

    November 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This film was actually made in 1995, when Elton had just met David, basically, not 2010. However, the comments from Elton and David in the bonus features are from 2010, so you can see how Elton’s life had changed in those 15 years.