What is a biopic? A biopic (short for “biographical photo”) is a non-fiction film that depicts the life story of a real person. Biographical films are usually about a historical figure or a well-known individual. However, they can concern anyone as long as the subject exists. A biopic should focus on a single protagonist and portray that person’s life story over many years (rather than just an event or time in their life).
Biopics are the goldmines of Hollywood movies, whatever life they show. Many of these films served as stepping stones in the careers of their filmmakers and actors, helping propel them to stardom. Even though many excellent biopics are produced every year, a few have gone above and beyond after the turn of the millennia.
“The King’s Speech” (2010)
When Albert “Bertie” George’s dad, King George V, dies and his brother King Edward VIII chooses love over the kingdom, he is forced to crown himself king. The King’s Speech describes the story of of King George VI friendship with his speech therapist, who helped the king overcome his stutter to speak confidently to his subjects.
Instead of being a film about a monarch triumphantly leading his people to victory, it’s about an aspiring king struggling to find his voice and the strength to lead his people through one of the darkest times. most difficult in its history. Colin Firth for Bertie also imbues his sober character with complexity, dignity and wit, making a lasting impression.
“The Social Network” (2010)
Although it wasn’t perfectly accurate, The social network covers the story of the early years of Facebook and its founder, by Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) first social decline, starting with the break-up of his romantic relationship with Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) and ending with the tragic end of his friendship with the co-founder Edouardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield).
The film is one of the most successful and acclaimed films of 2010, thanks to the screenwriter by Aaron Sorkin the typical quick-witted writing and Jesse Eisenberg’s captivating portrayal of the famous social media creator. Plus, everyone in the film is about to snap, which adds to the authenticity and realism of the film.
Selma has been praised for its historical authenticity as it followed Martin Luther King jr. as he fought for black voting rights. The film follows King’s frantic three months leading up to Selma’s march to Montgomery in 1965. Their efforts directly contributed to the President Lyndon B. Johnson signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The film primarily focuses on King’s role in events without diminishing the significance of other leaders’ contributions to shaping this pivotal moment in American history. Moreover, the scenario Paul Webb and by David Oyelowo The performance as King gives us a deep and gratifying description of King as a man capable of mistakes, self-doubt and pain.
Milk is about the life of an openly gay activist and politician, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), who became the first LGBTQ+ person elected to public office in California. The film chronicles the period from Milk’s 40th birthday until his gruesome murder in 1978, using archival footage from his life.
The film, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, immerses us in the political process as Penn’s brilliant performance captures Milk’s playful intellectual personality. Additionally, by combining 1970s newsreel footage with newly shot footage, Van Sant built his film around massive screen-filled sets, making the audience feel like they had stepped into history.
‘Dallas Buyer Club’ (2013)
The movie follows Ronald Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a homophobic womanizer, drug addict and electrician from Texas, living a carefree life until his doctor diagnoses him with HIV/AIDS which will likely kill him in 30 days. Woodroof discovers an experimental drug that can potentially extend his life and creates the titular “Dallas Buyers Club” to import the drug from Mexico to anyone who needs it.
The combination of sharp character study and moving pharmaceutical docudrama is vivid and memorable in just under two hours. Additionally, McConaughey and Jared LetoThe performances of are the reason to visit this biopic. Not only do they succeed in giving voice to the malcontents of the 1980s, but to all those who are suddenly faced with unfathomable challenges.
“12 Years of Slavery” (2013)
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free black man from New York City who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. For a terrifying dozen years, he was subjected to various forms of torture and cruelty before he was free again.
But 12 years of slavery is full of intriguing characters, Ejiofor steals the show maintaining character dignity throughout. Additionally, director Steve Mc Queen plunges viewers into a time of unforgivable ugliness from which there is no escape. It’s about as intense as a biopic can go.
“I, Tonya” (2017)
After her husband ordered an assault on his adversary, Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Smith (Margot Robbie) went from being one of the nation’s most talented athletes to a global laughing stock. His outcast issues, dysfunctional family, and outspoken nature were all portrayed in the film.
by Craig Gillespie the film does more than convey Harding’s story; but it completely reframes and rewrites her as the hero of her own story in a convoluted but compelling way. Me Tonya also gives Robbie her first opportunity to show off her full range as an actress, and she’s beaming.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)
The story of a 1990s fellow Jordan Belfortwhose company, Stratton Oakmont, participated in unprecedented levels of corruption and fraud, is recounted in by Martin Scorsese crush biopic the wolf of Wall Street.
Scorsese’s image is the height of excess, with Leonardo DiCaprio like Belfort giving a truly outrageous performance. As in many Scorsese films, the sins are inflicted on the sinner, but the “wolf” warns us at the end that no warning will stop future generations from engaging in short-sighted, amoral and selfish ambitions.
“Catch Me If You Can” (2002)
Catch Me If You Can follows Franck Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a skilled con artist who claimed to be a doctor, lawyer, and pilot when he was just 21. Meanwhile, tom hank‘ FBI agent Carl Hanraty becomes obsessed with finding Frank and later succeeds in persuading Frank to become an FBI aide for the atonement.
History came to life through by Stephen Spielberg filmmaking talent, exquisite cinematography, elegant editing, brilliant screenplay and beautiful score by John Williams. Not to mention the incredible chemistry and performances from DiCaprio and Hanks resulting in a sweet and charming and adventurous film that makes you feel wonderful.
‘Can you ever forgive me?’ (2018)
Melissa McCarthy rooms Lee Israela struggling writer who seeks to revive her career by selling counterfeit letters from deceased celebrities. Can you ever forgive me? by Marielle Heller is one of the best contemporary films about economic hardship and ethical compromise.
The biopic is an intellectually interesting drama due to the contradiction between blatant deception, undeniable necessity, and a group of victims who, presumably, can afford to be duped. Additionally, McCarthy is both fierce and compassionate, constantly improving the material and stealing every scene she finds herself in.
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