Lately it seems like biopics/movie based on true stories have become the go-to movie when an actor or actress wants to be seen as a serious actress, probably because of movies like the Kings Speech. Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Michelle Youh, and Jessica Chastain are all coming out with biopics soon. And Sony Pictures is moving ahead with a Steve Jobs biopic who hasn’t even been in the grave for more than 2 months yet.Even if some biopics are met with mixed reviews like J. Edgar it seems like hollywood just loves keeping them going
I started thinking about this topic when i read that Jolie is going to play Getrude Bell in a biopic directed by Ridley Scott. Now, despite what i have heard about the Tourist i am still a big Angelina fan, so i figured i should be excited at the news of a Scott/Angelina collaboration, but i wasn’t. And that is squarely because its a biopic.
Now, i’m not saying all biopics are bad, and i have enjoyed a few like The Kings Speech, hence why i used it as an example above. And some of the upcoming biopics will probably be worthwhile. But to me it just felt like too safe of a choice. I have no doubt hollywood will welcome Jolie back with open arms for this, and could very easily get a oscar nom for it thereby getting her back on top. But the safe choice isn’t always the most interesting or memorable choice.
And this biopic thing has become old hat for Jolie. Not counting this getrude pic, she has done 3 movies which are either biopics or at least based on true story’s. Those 3 are Gia,Changeling, and A Mighty Heart, and she gave a fantastic performance in each and i have no doubt she will do the same in the getrude biopic and the Cleopatra biopic that is also along the way.Its gotten to the point where i wouldn’t be surprised if she was offered the lead role in a Marie Curie movie.
Another actress that had fallen out of Hollywoods good graces who i like is Nicole Kidman, and she managed to get back on top with Rabbit Hole(Until Trespass anyways), which was not a biopic or based on a true story. I would like to see Angelina do something similar and try to find a original movie to take the lead in. I would love to see her collaborate with a auterist director who doesn’t do a lot of biopicks/movies based on true story’s like Quentin Tarantino,Darren Aronofsky, or Lars Von Trier. She has the talent to carry a movie, and i would love to see her in something like Black Swan or Dogville that would really show what she’s capable of. Or even just a intriguing indie she could bring a large audience too would be fine by me.
Again, just to reiterate this is not a anti-Jolie post, and if Ridley and Jolie were collaborating something more original i would be all over it. Jolie is one of my favorite actresses but with this and the Cleopatra I just feel like she is just following the rest of the pack. She already has enough biopics/movies based on true stories and could afford make more daring choices than just going down the biopic route.