10 must-have rock biopics you can’t look away from – Kerrang!
Most of us don’t see great moments in history or key moments when exactly the right elements come together to create a masterpiece. This is where biopics come in – we get to feel, briefly, as if we’re there when, say, a chance encounter begins what will be a decades-long creative partnership, or a small decision irreparably drives someone. in a downward spiral.
Considering the wealth of fascinating characters and insane stories in the rock world, there aren’t that many truly great biopics. Rights issues often come into play – it’s hard to tell a band’s story without permission to use their music, and they might not want to be shown in an unflattering light, so everyone else. project collapses, and so on. Just think about how good a Guns N ‘Roses biopic is, and then imagine the amount of headache involved to get everyone to agree. Bonkers.
But here is ten rock groups covered by the story of life on the big screen – comedy, tragedy, overcoming obstacles and the great tunes.
Lords of Chaos (2018)
Lords Of Chaos isn’t the most accurate movie ever made – while director Jonas Åkerlund started his drum career for Bathory and knows the black metal world much better than your average Hollywood filmmaker, he freely admits to taking sums. quite heavy. of artistic license – there is a lot to be said for this, even existing. The life and death of Mayhem members Dead and Euronymous cast an incredibly long shadow over Norwegian black metal and the impression of the world. One of the most notorious incidents to ever take place in one of the most deliberately unrecognized genres of music and receiving reasonably nuanced big-screen treatment? It’s something. Plus, it stars Macaulay Culkin’s brother, so Macaulay Culkin probably saw him.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Gary Oldman hates his performance as Sid Vicious in this movie, but not as much as John Lydon hates the whole business – admittedly his portrayal isn’t the most flattering. It’s an incredible movie though, centered around Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb’s stunning portrayals of the doomed couple. While tragic climatic events are mostly speculative, as no one will ever know what really happened, this is a heartbreaking watch. There’s more rock royalty involved too: a brief appearance by a pre-famous Courtney Love and an already famous Iggy Pop, and bizarrely, the five members of Guns N ‘Roses were hired as extras at the unbeknownst to others.
The Dirt (2019)
While The Dirt isn’t without its issues – it celebrates some pretty unforgivable behavior, while still not getting as close to warts’n’all as it seems as it should, leaving it in a somewhat unsatisfying environment – there is a lot of fun to be had with him. A talented cast (including Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee) is clearly having fun, and even the craziest accent in movie history can’t take away the joyous stupidity of the recess. ‘Ozzy Osbourne by Tony Cavalero.‘pee-sniffle episode. Until there’s a proper Ozzy biopic, that will do.
What We Do is Secret (2007)
Germs What We Do Is Secret biopic didn’t thrill everyone, but it did the impossible and brought the group back into existence afterwards 27 years. Star Shane West’s performance as the late Darby Crash impressed their surviving members so much that he ended up touring with them for several years after an impromptu concert on the closing night. While the movie itself is fine, it’s the live performances that stand out, the actors really throw themselves into it, and Shane does an incredible job as the tragic Darby. And the Bronx appears as the Black Flag of the Dez Cadena era.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
While Andy Serkis will forever be associated with his pioneering work in digital performance capture, his performance as Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rocky & The roll is fantastic. The film takes a somewhat impressionistic approach, with Andy’s Ian Dury essentially directing his own biopic. He stepped into the role, however, exercising only one side of his body to mimic Ian’s gait (he had polio as a child and was hilariously outspoken about the issues caused by his disabilities. ) as well as to consult with his widow to understand how Ian managed to roll the joints with one hand. The film doesn’t shy away from the less charming elements of man, but leaves you absolutely wanting to know more about him.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
While every character Steve Coogan has ever played has a huge element of Alan Partridge to them, it worked perfectly for a film about Tony Wilson, the impresario behind the Manchester scene of the ‘80s – a man with a lot of Alan Partridge going for him. Going from the legendary Manchester Free Trade Hall concert of the Sex Pistols to acid house – as punk breeds post-punk, post-punk breeds indie, indie breeds rave, and more. – it’s not strictly a rock movie. However, the amount of awkwardness caused by the stupidity of messy people is pure rock and roll.
The Fugitives (2010)
While directing The Runaways, director Floria Sigismondi – who had previously directed videos for Muse, Incubus, and The White Stripes – decided to make a coming-of-age tale rather than a biopic. Based on Cherie Currie’s memoir and starring Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, the resulting film is a lovingly made snapshot of the ending – ‘70s Los Angeles – an energetic and sunny anthem to being young and loud.
The Doors (1991)
Members of The Doors have decried Oliver Stone’s film, with extensive sections of various autobiographies devoted to pointing out all of its inaccuracies. As a movie, however, it’s great, centered around Val Kilmer’s incredible performance as lead singer Jim Morrison. Val is outrageously charismatic and disturbing at the same time, as the film both celebrates the excess of 1960s the world of rock and shows the worst of its consequences. (Editor’s note: at best, this is a movie for the ‘so bad is it really good? battery. Let’s go.)
Photographer Anton Corbijn worked with Joy Division at the end 1970s, and remained close to the surviving members of the group, so he was the perfect person to bring Control to the screen. The black and white film centers on Ian Curtis, vividly portrayed by Sam Riley, and his struggles with epilepsy, relationships, and the pressures caused by his group’s success. It’s a stressful, melancholy watch and a truly extraordinary film, a powerful look at the all too short life of one of music’s most fascinating figures.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t great, but it had huge success. One of the best things that can be pulled from his Oscar heap and box office take nearly a billion is that it could lead to more good rock biopics. He’s doing all the biopic shots out there, like Queen effortlessly improvising some of their biggest hits; a central performance that could be good acting but at the same time could be what anyone with big false teeth and a mustache would look like; lots of incredibly nose-up dialogue and massive story censorship. However, it also led to Alice Cooper hiring a screenwriter to work on her own life story, which will likely be a better movie, so that’s something.
Honorable mention: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Starring a centerpiece performance by career best John C. Reilly, Walk Hard is a perfect parody of Hollywood biopics with laughing songs, fantastic gags, incredible cameos (Jack White as Elvis! Paul) Rudd as John Lennon! Frankie Muniz as Buddy Holly!), Some really reckless hammer blows and the funniest unexpected penis scene ever shot. This is one of the most hilarious movies ever made and will make you repeat the line “And you never paid for drugs! for years afterwards.
Posted on May 11, 2021, 3:00 p.m.