In the last 20 years or so, it seems like music biopic films are making their way back to cinemas. Some are good, some are terrible, and some are just okay. Knowing the backstory of some of the best musicians is no doubt an interest to many of us. It is good to know that there are people out there who care about portraying the truth of someone’s life. This includes the good and the bad, while still honoring their artistry. More modern films like the Avengers Infinity War just don’t have the same feel. Here are 3 of the best music biopics to come out in recent years.
Walk the Line
The biopic film, Walk the Line, starred Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. This film documented the life of one of the biggest country music legends. The reason this film is amazing is because it showed the not so glamorous parts of Johnny’s life. This included his addiction to pills and multiple affairs on first wife. If phones existed back then, his first wife could have spied on his text messages to catch his affairs. However, it does show the beautiful aspects as well.
The movie portrays how difficult it can be to have your voice heard in society. You will see the golden age of music that has hasn’t existed before or since. Perhaps the best part is getting to see the redemption of Johnny’s life. This is after his addiction to pills when he actually started to get healthy. This movie does have adult themes, so it is not suggested for children. If you are looking for a heartfelt movie, Walk the Line is a must see.
Get on Up
Get on up is a biopic film about the life of singer James Brown. This 2014 movie starred Chadwick Boseman from Black Panther. The film has been described as a non-linear narrative as if it’s through James Brown’s stream of consciousness. It does a wonderful job documenting James’s life from a young child to an unstable adult. It starts with him as a young child living in the country, to first realizing he has talent to sing in his teen years.
Then it progresses into his adulthood when he started to become mentally unstable. The movie is backed up with a killer soundtrack which is always a plus. The movie is filled with exciting singing and dancing. However, be aware that this is not the easiest movie to watch. It openly shows the anger, abuse and heartache that the singer went through. Even though there are intense themes, the film is still worth watching.
Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton is a biopic film from 2015. The movie tells the rise and fall of Gangsta Rap group N.W.A. It mainly focuses on Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr.Dre. It portrays their days of fighting for their lives on the streets of Compton to their first record and success. After their groundbreaking success, the movie also showed their eventual breakup and eventual reconciliation.
This film gives a window into the hardships they faced as successful young black man. They came from rough upbringings and lived in a culture with many poor young black men. This movie is a tear jerker and an honest depiction of the highs and lows of being a rapper. In society we tend to only notice the highs of being a star, not the behind the scenes of it. There are other amazing biopic films, but I found these to be the most memorable. If you love movies, then check out these great movies with Robin Williams.