Biopic movies are still one of the most popular movie commodities in Hollywood. It tells the stories of historical figures, high-profile criminals, and iconic public figures in the entertainment industry. Watching the life stories of public figures can be a fun moment to learn history or get to know public figures in a more interesting way. Sometimes there are life lessons and inspirations that we can learn from. Enjoying biopics as artistic movie art is now also gaining popularity. Where films with the concept of biopics are not dramatized according to the perception of the director and scriptwriter. There are many recent and upcoming movies about public figures. Here are 10 recent Hollywood biopics:
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1. Tick, Tick…BOOM!
“Tick, Tick…BOOM!” is a Netflix Original musical movie. In this movie, Andrew Garfield plays Jonathan Larson, a musical theater director who had to leave too early. For those of you familiar with “Rent”, the Broadway show is Jonathan Larson’s only popular title. The musical film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda is based on the autobiographical performance by Jonathan Larson of the same name. Where Larson vented about herself about to turn 30 years old and felt that she had to achieve great achievements in her life. However, life is not easy for a theater director who also works as a waitress in a restaurant.
2. House of Gucci
Who’s not familiar with Gucci? The biggest fashion brand that still exists today. Behind the success of the fashion house, there was a big family drama involving the figure of Patrizia Reggiani, played by Lady Gaga. Reggiani was originally just a simple woman who entered the Gucci family by marriage. Until finally being in a new world made her an ambitious woman. Making it into a sequence of betrayal, revenge, and the worst case scenario, murder.
Still hot and trending in local theaters, “Elvis” is a biopic of the late Elvis Presley. “Elvis” is directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars actor Austin Butler. The movie aims to capture Elvis Presley’s career as a popular singer through the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, starring Tom Hanks. Not only does “Elvis” expose the glory and the ugly side of this legendary idol’s life, it also presents a variety of musical scenes that are vibrant and fun to watch.
4. The Trial of the Chicago 7
In 1968, there were anti-war protests by many organizations in the United States, along with the National Democratic Conference in Chicago. The protest, which ended in chaos, eventually led a group of mass organization leaders dubbed the Chicago Seven to be tried in court. “The Trial of Chicago 7” is a biopic with a legal drama genre. This trial-set movie has a narrative that is not boring, dynamic, and heroically campaigns for anti-war appeals.
5. King Richard
“King Richard” became the biopic that brought actor Will Smith his first Oscar, where he played Richard Williams. Richard is the father figure and coach behind the big names of tennis players Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The story focuses more on Richard’s management to prepare for the future of his two daughters. From training sequences, to finding sponsors, to guiding the two to remain teenagers who grow up as physically and mentally healthy athletes.
6. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Actress Jessica Chastain won her first Oscar for Best Actress after successfully portraying Tammy Faye. Tammy Faye is a pastor who was popular during the television preaching renaissance in America in the 70s. Religiously motivated at the start of her mission, Tammy Faye and husband, Jim Baker were lulled into luxury and fame. Making their noble mission turn into a huge scandal that became the end of their evangelist ’empire’.
“Mank” is a biopic about a playwright during the great depression in America, Herman J. Mankiewicz. In the midst of the chaotic political and economic situation that affected the well-being of the Hollywood film industry, Herman was inspired to write the script of the movie “Citizen Kane” (1941). Actor Gary Oldman plays Herman J. Mankiewicz in this movie. “Mank” is a modern black-and-white movie directed by David Fincher. The film’s script was a ‘legacy’ from his father, Jack Fincher, which he then developed further.
8. Dolemite is My Name
“Dolemite is My Name” is a biopic of black American comedian Rudy Ray Moore, played by Eddie Murphy. In the 60s in America, the issue of racism divided society into various groups, with the majority favoring Caucasians. Even entertainment such as movies, music, and stand-up comedy for the black community is very limited. Rudy Ray Moore has big ambitions to build his own production house, where he can provide more entertainment especially in the comedy genre that is more relevant to the black community.
“Spencer” is a biopic of the most phenomenal former member of the British royal family, Diana Spencer, better known as Lady Diana. “Spencer” is a fictionalized screenplay based on director Pablo Larrain’s understanding of what kind of life Diana Spencer had to live after marrying Prince Charles. Unlike Diana’s biography, which has been covered too many times, this movie presents a different scenario that is more emotional and dramatic. Successfully capturing the loneliness, isolation, and confinement Diana experienced in just three days of Christmas vacation in Norfolk.
After a lot of promotion over the past few months, “Blonde” will soon be available to watch on Netflix. The movie stars Ana de Armas as Norma Jeane aka Marilyn Monroe. “Blonde” is a movie adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, published in 2000. It is said that the novel has elements of fiction in telling the life story of Marilyn Monroe as the most iconic actress, both through her work and scandals in her personal life. It raises expectations for the execution of a biopic-fiction movie like “Spencer”. “Blonde” will air on Netflix on September 28.
“Oppenheimer” is a biopic in the works by top director Christopher Nolan. J. Robert Oppenheimer was a physicist who is best known as the ‘father of the atomic bomb’. He had a major role in developing nuclear weapons in America in World War II. Cillian Murphy, best known for “Peaky Blinder,” plays Robert Oppenheimer in this movie. The movie is also star-studded, with Robert Downey Jr. Florence Pugh, Jack Quaid (The Boys), Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon. “Oppenheimer” is scheduled for release on July 21, 2023.
That’s a list of the latest Hollywood biopics that have been released and are still to come. Most of these movies can already be watched on streaming platforms!