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2019 | 121 min | K-12 | biography, drama, musical

Rocketman tells the inspiring story of Elton John’s breakthrough years, when shy piano virtuoso Reginald Dwight becomes an international superstar. The film depicts Sir Elton John’s stages from childhood to the beginning of the 90s. Genius child developed into a music superstar, whose life was overshadowed by difficult relationships with his parents, low self-esteem, uncertainty about his own sexuality, various addictions and bulimia. The brutality of the music industry and the difficulty of loving also come to the fore in relation to the manager boyfriend.

– Elton John is portrayed by actor Taron Egerton.
– Jamie Bell: Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s long-time collaborator and lyricist.
– Richard Madden: John Reid, Elton John’s former manager and romantic partner.
– Bryce Dallas Howard: Sheila Eileen, Elton John’s mother.

Connection to Subjects:

– Music
– Drama
– Psychology
– Social Studies
– Art History
– Sexual Education

Questions and Tasks:

1. Music and Art:
– Explore Elton John’s music and his significant songs throughout his career.
– Analyze how music can tell stories and express emotions.
– Choose one of Elton John’s songs from the movie and analyze its lyrics and musical elements. What emotions or stories does the song convey?

2. Artist’s Life:
– Reflect on the challenges artists may face throughout their careers.
– Discuss the relationship between creativity and personal issues.

3. Psychology and Self-esteem:
– Examine the self-esteem issues of young Elton and their impact on his life.
– Discuss how to strengthen the self-esteem of young individuals and support their growth.
– Write about the topic “The Power of Art,” contemplating how art can help people cope with life’s difficult moments.

4. Sexuality and Tolerance:
– Discuss the portrayal of homosexuality in the film and how society has become more tolerant towards sexual minorities.
– Conduct a group discussion on the topic of “Tolerance and Equality,” and talk about how society can promote the rights of sexual minorities.

5. Family Relationships:
– Analyze Elton John’s complex relationships with his family, especially his mother and father.
– Reflect on the significance of family relationships in a person’s life.

6. Comparison of the Film to Reality:
– Familiarize yourselves with Elton John’s biography and compare it to the movie.
– Discuss how artistic freedom can impact factual accuracy.

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About the movie


  • arts
  • english
  • finnish
  • health education
  • music
  • psychology
  • social studies


  • differency
  • educational materials
  • emotional skills
  • equality
  • learning materials
  • multiliteracy
  • music
  • relationships
  • sexuality
  • social class differences

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools
  • middle schools


  • biography
  • drama
  • musical


  • based on true events
  • love story
  • rainbow

Age limits

  • K-12


  • Oscar


  • Paramount Pictures