Yes, I am still in love with this film, and hope it gets some recognition come award season.
Agree totally with Dexter Fletcher having made a film that is deliberately using Elton John as a lens through which to tell a more broadly-relatable tale about learning to love yourself.
As Elton's biography comes out and we start to get more of the literal story, you can see exactly where Lee Hall and Dexter Fletcher have tweaked reality to make wider points. My favourite being Elton coming out to his mother. It seems that Sheila didn't actually have a problem with Elton's sexuality (though she *did* have a problem with his marriage, because it meant she was losing her grip on him) but that scene - with her sat watching Liberace! - is a brilliantly nuanced articulation of the broader public attitudes towards gay people at the time (and indeed, that still exist now among many - there's a reason why Bohemian Rhapsody was so coy about Freddie Mercury's relationships with men). It wasn't outright rejection of anyone who was gay, it was a distaste of homosexuality being acknowledged publicly, a desire to pretend it didn't really exist, and when forced to acknowledge that it does a belief that it was a choice, and a choice could only lead to loneliness and unhappiness. I've never seen a better expression of why 'I don't care' is not a benign statement when someone comes out.
An excellent story I only learnt the other day about Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher and Great Train Robber Buster Edwards
In 1991, Edwards was the victim of a theft, albeit of a more mundane nature. On 15 June, at about 3pm, British actor Dexter Fletcher ran along Mepham Street and scooped up two bunches of nasturtiums valued at £5 from Edwards' stall. Edwards declined to chase Fletcher for fear of leaving his stall unattended. Fletcher was seen to run off on to York Road with the flowers. Edwards reported the theft to the police, identifying his assailant as being, "That lad out of The Rachel Papers". Fletcher was unlucky in the timing of his theft because Edwards had seen the film for the first time only days before. Fletcher was arrested and charged with theft. The following week Fletcher appeared at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty. He was given a conditional discharge for twelve months and ordered to pay £30 costs. In mitigation, Fletcher said that the flowers were for his girlfriend and Press Gang co-star Julia Sawalha, but that he had lost his cash card and was unable to obtain funds to pay for the flowers. Fletcher subsequently apologised to Edwards and compensated him for the flowers.