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Film: Biopics

Films about people you may know

Can you imagine having a whole film being made on yourself? It could be one of the most honouring things to happen and it could happen to anyone; a regular person, a singer, or a band. If you want to see a myriad of human emotions, then you should check out all of these films!

Bohemian Rhapsody

Everyone knows the song Bohemian Rhapsody by the British rock band Queen. So, when news broke out that there was going to be a film centred around the band’s rise to fame, people of all ages were eager to get their hands on a cinema tickets. Trust me- it is a film you do not want to miss. The film centres around the lead up to Queen’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. However, the film focuses more specifically the life of Freddie Mercury, as he defied stereotypes to become one of the most iconic and beloved entertainers of the 1980’s. The film shows Queen like never before, which makes it so fascinating for anyone watching it, young and old.

The Social network

Harvard student and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. This film details the six years and 500 million friends that allowed Mark Zuckerberg to succeed in becoming the youngest billionaire in history. While the subject behind this film is pretty boring the social network still succeeds in being both entertaining and thought-provoking, while keeping the audience around with its absorbing atmosphere. Jesse Eisenberg (Zuckerberg) and the Winklevoss twins (Arnie Hammer) are interesting and entertaining characters, topped off by directorial work by David Fincher (Fight Club) makes this a film worth seeing.

Justin Bieber: Never say never

Now, every teenage girl in 2011 knew of, and obsessed over Justin Bieber so once he released a concert film centring around his life in the February of 2011, you can just imagine the reaction. The film follows Bieber in the countdown to his biggest performance yet at Madison Square Garden in New York City, of which Bieber sold out in just 22 minutes. It gave the fans a real insight into the hectic life of Bieber behind the scenes as well as exclusive footage of his My World Tour.

Captain Phillips

Based on a true story this thriller details the Maersk Alabama hijacking. The film follows Captain Philips (Tom Hanks) time aboard the Maersk Alabama, during its hijacking in 2009. As the captain has to make life and death decisions we see Tom Hanks’s performance shine in these confrontational moments. He presents Captain Philips as a hard-working, no nonsense captain who manages to be both heroic and charming (taking these skills from previous films. The effective use of handheld camera shooting provides some level of immersion into this films capturing story, proving that Paul Greengrass is still a masterful director. Captain Phillips is a truly amazing film, and I haven’t even covered the performance of the Somalian pirates (and I won’t, because the film is that good).


Legends is a film for the lovers of crime and Thriller, and definitely not for the faint hearted. The films starring Tom Hardy, who plays both of the twins. The film shows the rise and fall of the infamous Kray Twins, also known as Ronnie and Reggie Kray, as well as their grim career which evidently led to their downfall and imprisonment for life in 1969. The film is based on the book ‘The profession of Violence’ by John Pearson, and if you are the sort of person to like crime and thriller, then this film is the one for you.


This biography, about legendary boxer Mohammed Ali, details all of the triumphs and controversies surrounding his life between 1964 and 1974. The film features brutal fighting and attempts to tackle some racial issues, to a limited degree. The tedious 2 hour 30 minute film has many, many good points (including Will Smith’s performance) but ultimately ends up feeling uneventful with a shoehorned 15 round fight that’s only purpose seems to be stretching out for the sake of the length. Will Smith’s performance is spectacular, the way he plays Ali is wonderful. He perfectly captures Ali’s voice and tone while allowing his own charm to fill in some gaps. But the fact that there is no direct antagonist leaves the film feeling one-sided, with Michael Mann’s finished work seeming like a first draft for something.

Michael Jackson: this is it

Michael Jackson, also known as the King of Pop. Everyone knows of him as the ‘King of Pop’ and one of a kind performer and Artist. The film documents the lead up to Michael Jacksons tour, which is also called ‘This is It’. It also includes Jackson’s preparation and rehearsals for the concerts, which were scheduled to start in July 2009, however 18 days before the tour was due to start, it got cancelled due to Jackson’s death. The film itself shows Michael Jackson like no one has ever seen him before. We see him rehearsing iconic musical numbers, and also behind the scenes footage of the auditions for dancers and costume designing. If you love Michael Jackson like I do, this film is definitely not a miss.

Rise of evil

Hitler: Rise of Evil is a powerful story detailing the events of Adolf Hitler, the world’s most infamous dictator, throughout his life as a poor child in Austria to his dramatic rise to power, becoming the most powerful man in Germany. The film does an excellent job of showing us how Hitler became the leader of the Nazi’s, shows us his many assassination attempts, and how he survived, and goes one step further, detailing his relationship with his mistress, Eva Braun. This film, and actor Robert Carlyle, manage to accurately capture the pure, unalterable evil that Adolf Hitler was, using a very effective method of showing us how other people felt about him.


The newest film everyone should be looking out for is Rocketman, especially if you loved the film Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie is all about the life of music legend Elton John, and how he started off in his early days at the Royal Academy of Music up to his incredible career as an all-round artist. This film has been in the works since 2012 and due to be released in the United Kingdom on 24th May 2019 and in the United States 31st May 2019.


The Imitation Game follows Alan Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers attempts to crack the Enigma code during World War II.  This films has a both intense and unsettling portrayal of a brilliant and complicated man, whose genius saved countless lives. Benedict Cumberbatch manages to portray Turing’s drive and brilliance while keeping some level of arrogance about his intellect, resulting in a very strong lead. The film does an excellent job of tackling the issues of being gay but unfortunately Turing is still the criminal, as homosexuality was illegal at the time, leading to his success being kept secret for decades.

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