Biopics are thriving and we’re loving it! In recent years we’ve had movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, which brought us the stories of literal living legends. And now, we’re super excited to talk about two more biopics this year: Respect and Being the Ricardos. The first one is the story of the Queen of Soul, and the second, of the queen of American sitcoms. We can’t wait to watch them, let us tell you why.
Starting with Respect, the movie shows us the beginnings of Aretha Franklin’s wonderful career. And with Miss Jennifer Hudson playing the Queen of Soul herself. Fitting, considering Jennifer has been a fan of Aretha since her childhood when she sang the Queen of Soul’s version of ‘Amazing Grace’ in church (we especially love the similarities between them, such as Aretha also starting to sing in church and then going on to become one of the greatest singers of all time.) And one more awesome thing about this movie: Aretha herself told Jennifer Hudson in 2007 that Jennifer should play her in a biopic! How cute is that?
Directed by Liesl Tommy, the movie is nothing short of stunning, both story and photography-wise. Her talent combined with the inspiring story of Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson’s performance, is the perfect recipe for a great movie. Respect has been out in theatres since August, but in case you want to watch it over and over again like us, you’ll be able to do just that, because the movie is now available on digital and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 9!
Being The Ricardos
The other biopic we absolutely need to talk about is Being the Ricardos, the latest Amazon Studios movie which has the iconic Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as its central characters. The story will take place over a week of production of the classic show I Love Lucy, with some flashbacks to other moments that will help give that one week more context and depth. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem play one of TV’s best-known couples as amazingly as the duo themselves played Lucy and Ricky back in the day. During the course of the week depicted, we’ll see some of the drama that happened behind the cameras and away from the audience, as Lucille and Desi face crises in both their careers and personal lives.
We just know that writer and director Aaron Sorkin did an awesome job in this movie and very soon we’ll get to see one pair of talented actors transforming into another. By “very soon” we mean December 10 if you want to watch it in theatres and December 21 if you want to watch it on Prime Video. Either way, it’ll be one heck of a Christmas present to end this year with.
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