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As an event picture surrounded by controversy and expectations, “Bohemian Rhapsody” garnered a wealth of attention, box office and surprisingly–to much of the film world’s dismay–Golden Globe awards. However, as a musical biopic, like “Walk the Line” and “Straight Outta Compton” before it, the film stayed safely within its lane. Much is known about Sacha Baron Cohen’s early iteration that promised to be no-holds-barred and truthfully revealing with Queen’s biography. Of course, this version was dismissed in favor of a sugarcoated, watered-down product designed to appeal to the masses as opposed to provoking minds. This fearful approach of romanticizing the struggle of a musical act to avoid the dirty bits is a sad and regressive trend of the musical biopic. Yet fear not, for if there’s any film to break this repetitive habit, it will be the upcoming Mötley Crüe biopic: “The Dirt.”
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With any effort involved in bringing a beloved, controversial musical act to the big screen, it’s natural to have hesitations at first. “The Dirt“s presentation certainly comes with its fair share, mainly involving the cast poised to play the four members of Mötley Crüe: singer...
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