Biopics are a wonderful type of film because not only are they usually about a well known person, we as viewers can also learn more about them. Here are my top 5.
Judy (Judy Garland)
I didn’t know much about Judy Garland before watching this film and after watching ‘Judy’ starring Renée Zellweger in the title role, I feel as though a lot more can still be told. The film looks at the last year of Judy’s life when she performed in a show in London in the 1960s. We also saw flashbacks to her life on the set of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and all of the restrictions she had as a teenager. It’s a great film and it will be interesting to see if any other films are made in the future that focus on the years before this film because I am sure there is a lot more to learn about this icon.
Rocketman (Elton John)
Before watching ‘Rocketman’, where Taron Egerton plays the title role of Elton John, I also knew very little about this hugely popular and talented star. Not only does the film play a part in celebrating Elton’s music, we also find out more about his personal life and the struggles he went through. It was great to see the film have a happy ending as it doesn’t portray Elton’s life up to the present day, so it allows for the audience to find out how happy his life is now.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Ted Bundy)
Before this film was released, I watched ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ on Netflix so I found out about the awful things Ted Bundy did. Zac Efron plays the notorious serial killer, and he was always someone I had heard of when talking about serial killers, but I didn’t know much else. The film talks about his crimes, but I felt as though the film had a different element of focus. It showcased how serial killers can be charming, good looking and intelligent. We learn in the film about how his charm and charisma allowed for other people to not see or believe that he could be capable of doing such awful things.
Eddie the Eagle (Michael Edwards aka Eddie the Eagle)
I have previously spoken about what I have learnt from watching ‘Eddie the Eagle’ and he is someone whose name I had heard of, but knew nothing about why he was famous. Taron Egerton again plays the title role in this film, as it focuses on Eddie’s attempt to take part in the Winter Olympics in the ski jumping event. Although he came last in the two events he entered, his character and determination won over a huge number of fans allowing for his name to still be referenced in everyday culture over thirty years later. The film is a great way for the audience to learn about his journey and what it took for him to achieve his dream of becoming an Olympian.
Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie Mercury)
Now the UK rock band ‘Queen’ is a band I knew a bit about in terms of their music, but the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ delves into the lives of the four band members in how the band was formed, the success they had as well as the struggles, and the build up to their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. Rami Malek plays the lead role of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and although the film is about the band, it is also about Freddie, with the focus on his personal life taking centre stage of the storytelling. It is an incredible film and I think it has a huge message – be who you want to be, and don’t take any notice of other people’s opinions. In the world we live in today, it’s much easier to do that than when Freddie was alive, but I think his legacy lives on in more ways than just his musical talent.
Are there any biopics you like that aren’t in my top 5? Let me know in the comments below.