Judging from the trailers, Rocketman may seem like just another biopic about a musician — but within minutes of watching the film, you know it’s far from it.

Rocketman tells the story of musical legend Sir Elton John aka Reginald “Reggie” Dwight. While, on paper, it may seem like an obvious follow up of Bohemian Rhapsody, it isn’t. For starters, it’s an actual musical, and there’s a lot more sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll!

The film starts out with Elton John (Taron Egerton), in a bedazzled rhinestone and sequin devil costume with feathers, walking into a therapy session in a rehab facility, confessing that he’s an alcoholic, addicted to cocaine, sex, and a slew of other substances. Then through a series of flashbacks, we see just how Elton’s childhood and young adult life got him to this place dressed like a fabulous devil angel.

Director Dexter Fletcher does a stupendous job of synchronizing pivotal moments in Elton’s life and his No. 1 hits throughout the years, turning his hits into astounding musical numbers accompanied with choreography that support the storyline. These moments are not your ordinary Star Is Born-type moments. For example, we get to see when Elton and his lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin (played by the perfectly cast Jamie Bell) write their hit “Your Song.”  A young Elton also struggles with very relatable issues, such as trouble with his father, coming to terms with his sexuality, and, most of all, yearning for love.

While many will try to compare Rocketman with other musical biopics, it’s doing the film a severe injustice to the intimacy behind the story.

Elton’s mother, (Bryce Dallas Howard) knows he’s gay, but doesn’t accept it, and tells him he will be alone because of it. What unfolds is a beautiful story about finding your path in life and how to love yourself when it seems the hardest. The storyline also gives insight into addiction and sexuality that reminds us all to love ourselves and that it’s okay to strive to be never ordinary.

Mass relatability and appeal from John’s mega fan-base aside, the performances are nothing short of spectacular. Taron Egerton channels Elton John, complete with singing all the songs and duplicating John’s unique sound. Arguably better than Rami Malek’s last year in Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s a fabulousness that only Elton John’s story could bring to the big screen and Egerton pulls it off with vociferous confidence. We know it’s early, but we predict that he’s sure to be an Oscar contender this year.

Bell also gives a noteworthy and thoughtful performance as Elton’s close friend and songwriter. Bell gives the character a certain compassion that makes all wish we had someone that levelheaded and understanding in our lives. No matter what Elton says or does to him when he’s under the influence and spiraling into self-destruction, he seems to forgive him. It’s almost a brotherly bond that, due to Bell’s gravitas, serves as the bloodline of the entire film.

It’s always fascinating to audiences to see the rise and fall and rise again of one of the most iconic singers in history. But that’s been done before. Only this time around, the audience is exposed to unprecedented, raw vulnerability– which fuels stories like this one that, in turn, transcend boundaries and inspire people.

The cinematography and costumes are sure to snag much attention this awards season, too. But are we really surprised? This is Elton freggin’ John!  We hate to make it sound like this film is perfect, but as far as musical biopics go, it really is.  Rocketman blasts into theaters May 31st.