• Zoe Lim

Top 5 Best Films About Music

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From biopics to musicals to fictional films, there is always something about movies centered on singers and musicians that we love to witness - its struggle, pain and battle to reach to the top of the music industry. Here, we are counting down our picks for the top 5 films about music.

1. Whiplash (2014)

Famous for its explosive drama, Whiplash is about an ambitious young jazz drummer who is pushed too far to the edge of insanity when he meets his teacher, known for his brutal teaching methods.

If you enjoy a pulse-raising, adrenaline-filled drama, then this is the movie for you. The film touches on the topic of ' Passion vs Obsession '. Where do you start to draw the line between feeling ambitious versus actually being addicted to success? Whiplash is deeply personal and showcases the rise and fall of the protagonist's success. It leaves you feeling emotionally drained and what some would say - a wowed exhaustion.

Directed by : Damien Chazelle

Cast : J. K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

2. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about Freddie Mercury, vocalist and frontman of the world-famous British rock band Queen.

Like many biopics, the movie boasts a strong central performance which showcases many iconic song performances. The film also explores Mercury's pitfalls of fame, which includes drinking and drug use, getting into ego wars and even battling with his own sexual identity. A roller coaster of a film, Bohemian Rhapsody takes you on an adventure into the fragile life of one of the greatest singers of all time.

Directed by : Bryan Singer, Anthony McCarten

Cast : Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello

3. La La Land (2016)

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Score, La La Land is a film centered on aspiring jazz pianist, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and struggling actress, Mia (Emma Stone). Both are deeply passionate to pursue their dreams but this leads to the dreadful decision of choosing between love or success. Is there room for a successful relationship for two big-dreamers?

The film also explores the music and movement of Jazz. It is heavily inspired by Broadway shows and musicals which helped to further the plot with its choreography and musical scores. Composed by Justin Hurwitz, 'City of Stars' and 'Mia & Sebastian's Theme' proves that with just a simple piano refrain and some authentic vocals, the piece can be more powerful than any other complex compositions. The musical score in this film ranges from the intense and hopeful composition 'Another Day of Sun' to the whimsical, fantasy-like piece that is 'Planetarium'. There is much to unbox in this film and its soundtrack. But it is definitely a must-watch modern day musical that is widely beloved by critics and audiences.