It’s official: the new Elton John biopic Rocketman is a better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody, according to most reviewers — even me, an avowed . 

Rocketman also plays less fast and loose (or should that be slower and tighter?) with the true history of its subject — benefitting from the fact that Elton himself was an executive producer on the film. ( just so happened to make Freddie Mercury look worse than his surviving bandmates, Brian May and Roger Taylor, who just so happened to be consultants on the film.)

Nevertheless, the film is riddled with biographical errors big and small. Some are deliberate and work, some are deliberate and don’t. Sure, it’s common for historical entertainment to change details in service of the story;

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