Movies about Music – Film and music are forms of art that are easiest for everyone to enjoy. Both have become symbols of popular culture that never fades due to trends. It’s not surprising that the two of them can collaborate intimately with each other.
Apart from being background music in a film, the theme of music also becomes an interesting story development in a film. To date, there have probably been thousands of film titles that have music as their theme.
Music as a story theme in films can be used with various plot approaches. Starting from biopic films, inspired by music, to documentaries. The following is a series of films about music that you should watch.
Movies about Music
1. Blur: No Distance Left to Run (2010)
Released two years after Blur decided to go on hiatus, this documentary is a touching record of the journey of the band that pioneered the second generation of the British Invasion. Most of the footage in this documentary was taken during their 2009 tour and video clips of interviews have never been released before.
This documentary tells how this quartet from London reached the peak of their career, their feud with the Gallagher brothers, and how they decided to take an indefinite hiatus. For die-hard fans, No Distance Left to Run is a story that can bring tears to your eyes, whether because you are moved or sad because a band this good is on hiatus.
2. Movies about Music: The Dirt (2019)
It’s rare for a band biopic to be produced by all the band members, but this film is the exception. Based on a book with the same title, this film tells the story of four young people who want to be different in the United States music scene, which in the late 70s was in love with punk music.
Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil succeeded in defining the true meaning of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll. The storyline is very accurate to the true story. There was only one scene that was staged, namely when Motley Crue met their manager for the first time.
3. Whiplash (2014)
After watching this film you will definitely want to try shouting “Not quite my tempo!” Whiplash is a story about a relationship between a student and his music teacher. Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a new student who joins the jazz group at his school. He has to face mental pressure from a perfectionist teacher named Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) while practicing drums to take part in a jazz competition.
4. 8 Mile (2002)
Even though he uses a fictional character’s name, Eminem actually tells the story of himself in the film he stars in. This film tells the story of a white rapper named B-Rabbit (played by Eminem) trying his luck in a music scene dominated by people of African American descent.
8 Mile received a lot of positive responses and Eminem’s acting performance itself also received a lot of praise. His highest achievement was the Oscar award for Best Original Song for the song “Lose Yourself” sung by Eminem himself.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Who doesn’t know Bohemian Rhapsody? Mega hits from the legendary British rock band, Queen. The appearance of Bohemian Rhapsody has indeed shaken the world of international music, because Queen has changed the standard of rock songs at that time. As the title suggests, the film Bohemian Rhapsody invites the audience to reminisce about the career of the band Queen. Starting from the beginning of their career, until finally famous throughout the world. One of the memorable scenes in this film is the Live Aid concert scene in 1985 which is considered one of the best performances by Queen vocalist Freddy Mercury. Apart from telling the story of Queen, this film also tells the story of the eccentric personality of Freddy Mercury. Including his love story, to his struggle against HIV.
6. Movies about Music: Sing Street (2016)
What happens if a bunch of nerdy school kids play in a band to attract the attention of cool and popular girls? What happened was a band called “Sing Street” which was created by Conor (vocalist) and his friends. Who would have thought that Conor et al’s band would actually become serious, and become an outlet for all of their passions. The film Sing Street is set in the 80s in the city of Dublin, Ireland. In this film we can see eighties fashion styles, down to the buildings and cars. The film Sing Street will trigger our memories of our school days. The era when we liked to band together with friends, just to have fun and feel like rockstars. Don’t be surprised if when you hear songs by the band Sing Street, it’s like hearing Duran-Duran or The Cure. Because their references are from those bands.
7. Teen Spirit (2018)
Want to watch Elle Fanning sing pop songs in her own voice? The Teen Spirit film will satisfy your desires. In this film, Elle Fanning plays Violet, a village girl who dreams of becoming a singer. Violet also tries to make her dream come true by taking part in a competition called “Teen Spirit”. Watching this film is like watching an “idol-idol” competition, but from a first-person perspective. There is sweetness, but more bitterness. But the bitterness was covered by Elle Fanning’s acting and voice, which is really suitable for covering Robyn’s song Dancing On My Own, or Ellie Goulding’s song Light. Oh yes, in Teen Spirit there is an original song sung by Elle Fanning, you know. It’s called “Wildflowers”.