A hot genre these days, Biopics and Docu-Series have started luring filmmakers to pursue real-life stories as amazing plots of entertainment. The impact of extraordinary stories of successful people, and the struggles of ordinary people that’s transformed their lives inspires the audience to live a better life and restores the faith in mankind. From popular movies like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to the ‘First Man’, 2020 is packed with some great documentaries, biopic movies, and docu-series on Netflix. Take a peek!
The true story of Ray Croc, a salesman who saw an incredible opportunity for business when he visited a food joint, ‘The Founder’ talks about how he transformed this particular restaurant into a global business called McDonald’s. The movie presents an in-depth look not only at the tenacity of an Individual but also deceit and greed.
An ESPN and Netflix docu-series, ‘The Last Dance’ is a remarkable attempt at analyzing the 1997-98 season of the Chicago Bulls. Based on the last season that Michael Jordan spent on the team, the documentary features a legend’s modesty and his career, exclusive visuals of the Bulls Locker Room for the season, and combines the team’s journey that year with stories from the past, in addition to Jordan’s journey into the college sport, Scottie Pippen’s success story highlighting his hardships and how he became an all-rounder in the league. The series also shows Dennis Rodman, the maverick athlete’s debauchery among other stories.
Angelina Jolie’s directorial biopic, ‘First they killed my Father’, narrates the true story of Loung Ung, a 5 year old girl and depicts her struggles along with her family’s during Khmer Rouge reign in 1975 in Cambodia. Owing to their horrifying regime which led to the death of over 2 million Cambodian people, the movie shows Ung’s experiences at the labour camps and subsequent training at soldiers at a young age.
A heartfelt drama with hope as its biggest takeaway, Anne Franks’ Parallel Stories isn’t easy to watch with the Holocaust events weaved in. Highlighting the massacre of harmless Jewish children by the Nazis, the movie shows how this incident turned out to be one of the most cruel and darkest phases in the history of mankind. Helen Mirren re-analyses Anne Frank’s life journey through her diary and explores the possibility of what she could have achieved. It also acknowledges the valor and spirit of the Holocaust survivors by sharing their personal testaments.
A biopic that centers on an Indian boy adopted and raised by an Australian couple, ‘The Lion’ recites his story, his life in the slums, and how he got lost one fine day when he went out of the house. As life unraveled for the little boy, the movie focuses on his adoption and the emotional roller coaster he went through owing to his traumatic memories of the past. With incredible performances by Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, Saroo’s journey is heart-wrenching.
Lincoln, a historic documentary on America’s President accurately delves into his struggles and endeavors to unshackle the country from woes of slavery during the Civil War despite stiff opposition from members of his cabinet and the entire nation. With a race against time, it shows how Lincoln strived to get the approval votes. The documentary was acclaimed at the Oscars for its excellent depiction of America’s hero.