Today is a chance to wish a big happy birthday to a true musical star, Sir Elton John. Celebrating his 73rd birthday, he has had a hugely successful and influential career for decades. His lively songs, incredible dress sense, and stellar personality have made him instantly recognizable across the globe. Let’s take a look at some of the different feathers that feature in Sir Elton’s sequin-covered cap.
The best place to start has to be his catalog of music. For instance, songs like “I’m Still Standing” and “Your Song” have become classic sing-alongs for everyone. Thanks to “Almost Famous,” cinephiles can’t help but sing “Tiny Dancer” together. In addition, 2018’s “The Favourite” used “Skyline Pigeon” performed on a harpsichord to significant effect, fitting perfectly with the film’s aesthetic and style.
Perhaps Elton John’s most significant contribution to cinema has been through “The Lion King” (1993 animated classic). Earning him his first Academy Award win for the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” “The Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata” were also nominated the same year, which just goes to show the incredible power that he possesses to captivate audiences with his songs. Furthermore, last year’s “Rocketman“ gave us a look behind the curtain to learn more about his life. Taron Egerton playing John was an incredible casting choice and gifted us with a moving performance. Moreover, we were treated to a blossoming friendship between John and Egerton, which gave us many a touching moment along the film’s press tour.
While his songs often do the talking, John has lent his acting ability to some movies throughout his time. From his performance in the cult classic “Spice World” to playing the narrator for “The Road to El Dorado,” his roles have always been attention-grabbing. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” needs a special shout out. Here, John plays himself and kicks some bad guy ass while singing dancing and looking fabulous. If that doesn’t cement him as an incredible all-round performer, what will?
Elton John’s place in cinema history is inevitable. He has helped create many iconic moments and is sure to again in the future. Do any of this stand out clear in your memory, or have we forgotten a classic?