After a woman who self-identifies as a “menopausal old hound” posted a viral review of Elton John biopic Rocketman on Mumsnet, star Taron Egerton has weighed in with the best response.
Have you seen Rocketman? You really ought to.
Not just for all the rousing Elton John music, so powerful that it moves you in your cinema seat. Or the heartbreaking investigation of the singer’s fraught relationship with his mother Sheila Farebrother and estranged ex-wife Renate Blauel. But because there’s a pretty fantastic sex scene between stars Taron Egerton and Richard Madden – as John and his manager John Reid – in it.
The scene is actually quite remarkable, not only for all of its raunchy, fumbling glory, but because it is the first instance of gay sex depicted in a mainstream studio movie. As such, the sexy moment was rumoured to have been the result of a skirmish between the forces of evil who wanted it erased from the film and Rocketman’s fearless director who demanded its inclusion. He fought in the name of veracity, courage and Richard Madden’s bottom. And for that, we are thankful.
We’re not the only ones feeling a powerful disturbance in the force because of this sex scene. In a now-viral review on Mumsnet, a woman struggling through a difficult period in her life described how seeing Madden and Egerton’s roll in the proverbial hay transformed her mood.
“I’m having a shit time atm, went to the pictures to see Rocketman yesterday,” the user’s review begins, “and found the sex scene between Taron Egerton and Richard Madden the hottest thing I’ve ever seen. Seriously, if you’re a menopausal old hound looking for a boost in the fanjo, go and watch this on loop.”
This is some powerful, visceral energy courtesy of that Mumsnet user. We salute you for introducing us to the term fanjo. And also to the identifying descriptor “menopausal old hound”.
Needless to say, the review has gone viral after it was screenshotted and shared on Twitter. “This should be on the back of the Blu-ray IMHO,” one person responded. “This has vastly cheered me up after a shite day,” another added. “Adding ‘looking for a boost in the fanjo’ to my vocabulary,” tweeted another.
Kyle Buchanan, film writer for the New York Times, performed an imperative piece of service journalism and read the review aloud to Egerton himself during an interview. “He died laughing,” Buchanan tweeted.
And Egerton’s response? “That’s the best review I’ve ever gotten.”
Thank you for boosting fanjos everywhere, Egerton and Madden. If that review doesn’t make you want to see Rocketman, well, we don’t know what will.
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