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  19 months ago

July Movie Results are in - share your review!

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You voted and we got the results! The movie up for review this month is……Bohemian Rhapsody!

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  18 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody and here's why.First of all, I thought that the beginning was powerful.Freddie Mercury coming on stage to deliver his best theatrical, musical moment.I'm currently studying minimalist photography and the zooming effect of the beginning of the movie was just a blast to watch! I actually saw the Live Aid concert and was blown away how genuine it was! The wardrobes, the acting, the chemistry between the actors.I was forced into liking Queen when I was 12 years old.My family and I went to a family neighbor and Queen music was blasting in this person's home.There were Queen posters everywhere! I was not a fan at that time because I was bombarded with Queen.I am 51 years old and right now I am the biggest Queen fan!What I also like about the movie is how the music will make a comeback and will introduce a whole bunch of new young fans.I'm actually jealous of these people who will hear these amazing masterpieces for the first time.Even if you are not a fan of the band, there is something for everybody in this film.Rami Malek was also a superb choice to play Freddie.


  18 months ago
ay be that the only way to experience a full measure of Queen nostalgia is not to have heard the band the first time around—to indulge in vicarious nostalgia, a homecoming to somebody else’s home. If so, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a superficially clichéd yet thematically unusual bio-pic about the band’s lead singer and guiding spirit, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek), delivers that secondhand rock memory by rooting its story less in the primary experience of the band’s performances than in a subtly revisionist, sharply current view of Mercury’s life and work. The movie has been criticized for its lack of attention to the specifics of his sex life. In fact, it is clear about Mercury’s sexual orientation. (In the movie, Freddie—as we’ll call the character, to distinguish him from the historical Mercury—states that he’s bisexual and is shown to be in two long-term relationships with men, though it only hints at any casual ones.) But “Bohemian Rhapsody” isn’t a comprehensive bio-pic, nor a full-spectrum consideration of Mercury’s life—it is a clearly and carefully oriented vision of his career. It’s mostly interested in his private life in relation to a single big idea: success and its price.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” offers nothing of Mercury’s childhood in Zanzibar, his schooling in Bombay, his lifelong devotion to rock and roll. The movie shows no years of dedicated practice or earlier musical life or ambition; his sole primordial effort is a song that he scribbles on a piece of paper and keeps folded up in his pocket while working, as a young man in London, as an airport baggage handler. Mercury, who played piano and guitar, is of course depicted as being possessed of a formidable vocal technique, a remarkable near-operatic voice—but it’s presented as a natural gift that’s also a curse. He was born, as Freddie says, with four extra incisors, and the larger oral chamber is the reason for his large vocal range. Freddie first shows off that range in a parking lot outside a club, where he’s trying to get members of a local band to take one of his songs. But the band has just lost its lead singer, and so Freddie does a spontaneous audition for them—not, however, before they make fun of his facial deformity and suggest that it’s an insurmountable obstacle to his becoming a band member, let alone its front man.
A protruding mouth isn’t the only trait for which Freddie endures insults. Born Farrokh Bulsara, he’s an ethnic Parsi, a descendant of the Zoroastrians who fled Persia for India more than a millennium ago; in Great Britain, he’s frequently insulted as a “Paki.” (At his airport job, he meekly replies that he’s not from Pakistan.) He’s also a bisexual man in a country that had only recently decriminalized homosexuality, at a time when it was widely considered shameful, or at least indecent. And he’s from a poor family whose struggles he relates to discrimination. In one of the movie’s exemplary scenes, Freddie is at home with his parents, planning an escape into music (and declaring that his name is no longer his given one of Farrokh but, rather, Freddie); his father instead preaches to him a credo, exhorting him to pursue “good thoughts, good words, good deeds.” Freddie’s retort isn’t a variation on “boring”—it’s, “And how has that worked out for you?” His father’s virtuous modesty hasn’t brought success in the face of prejudice; Freddie’s bold self-assertion is meant to do so.
When the band’s music begins to crystallize, Freddie masterminds its path to success. He decides that the band should sell its van to finance the recording of an album, and, in the studio, he orchestrates its production as well as the unusual studio techniques with which they create it. He gives the band the new name of Queen; he arranges the crucial meeting, with Elton John’s manager (Aidan Gillen), that will put the band on the map; and, at that meeting, he sells the manager on the band’s future hit-making successes. The scene offers Freddie one of the script’s great arias, on the subject of his ambitions, as he tells the businessman that he’s playing “for the outcasts in the back” because those are the people with whom he himself identifies.
The direction of the film (credited to Bryan Singer, who was fired late in the production and replaced by Dexter Fletcher but is granted sole credit) is often oddly denatured, flip, and incurious, and its lack of vision keeps the movie far short of its—and, above all, of Malek’s—finest inspirations. (The filming of Malek’s onstage performances as Freddie, which are chopped to bits and reduced to cliché-riddled snippets, is particularly insensitive.) But at its best the film is spare and clarifying, and ideologically unambiguous: its strength is in the positioning of Mercury as an artist who confronts opposition throughout society—including from the very institutions that he needs in order to succeed. The script offers Freddie another great aria to deliver, to a record-company executive (played by Mike Myers), in which he declares his ambition to make music with the power of opera, “the wit of Shakespeare, the unbridled joy of musical theatre,” intending to offer “something for everyone.” “We’ll speak in tongues if we want to,” he says. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which the record company hesitated to record and then wouldn’t issue as a single, of course became a hit, at which point the movie offers a remarkable montage featuring quotes from reviews of the song, all negative. The very source of Freddie’s popularity—his keen insight into the humiliations and the frustrations of listeners, their strivings and their dreams, their search for love and visions of stifled grandeur—made him rich, famous, and artistically fulfilled, but critically derided.
For that matter, it’s only in those moments of performance, of communion with people who, each in their own way, share his sense of oppression and humiliation, that Freddie feels himself to be truly himself. His joy in performance is a joy in solidarity, and his life offstage can hardly match it. (He speaks of his partying life as a quest for distraction from the “in-between moments” when “the darkness comes back in” and, later, explains his drug use: “Being human is a condition that requires a little anesthesia.”) Yet for his success he’s not just beloved—he’s also subjected to the aggressive prying of gossip-mongers and paparazzi, the brickbats of critics, and the betrayal of intimates. And then he discovers that he’s sick; he’s diagnosed with aids; he realizes that he’s dying.


  18 months ago
I am not isually a person who watches. Biographies or musical preformance style movies but here i was watching this movie based on the band Queen and Freddie Mercurys past and lofe story.
I must say that i wasnt a fan of the movie " Bohemian Rhapsody" in my perspective kind of dragged on and didnt seem to pinpoint the actual struggles of Freddie Mercury as i would have thought that it would outline. I actually fell asleep part way through the movie and ended up waking up as the credits were rolling across my screen.
I would not recommend this movie personally.


  18 months ago
Although I did enjoy the movie and it was really well done, I don't think it was an accurate representation of Freddy mercury' s struggle. The music was great and I would definitely recommend it to friends. I just think that it was dumbed down. I think most people have an understanding of Freddy's story. The movie could have used a little more substance. This is just my opinion and I think that I like a lot of things that others would be bored by. I think more focus should have been placed on mercury's mental struggle and the challenges of being unsure about his sexuality.


  18 months ago
Bohemian Rhapsody was a great movie! I really enjoyed the music and was interested to learn about the history of the group. I watched 'A Star in Born' before seeing this movie and felt that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper did a better job carrying that movie than Remi Malick did in this one. I was saddened to learn about the story and/or relationship between him and his wife. I liked that the group was close and took care of each other. It was easy to get lost in the movie and forget that you were watching actors and not the actual member of the band Queen. I really enjoyed the was nice to have a new memory of Queen's music, taking it back from Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey, a la Wayne's World!! Worth the money...see it in the theater..


  18 months ago
Bohemian Rhapsody is released in the UK on 24 October, Australia on 1 November and the US on 2 November.
There is no lack of material to work with, given Queen’s stratospheric rise and Mercury’s tragic fall – he died from Aids-related illness in 1991. Not to mention the on-the-face of it improbability of a straight, white rock band fronted by a flamboyant, gay man of Asian descent. Perhaps as a result of the personnel changes, Bohemian Rhapsody struggles to find a fresh way to tell its story. It begins with Zanzibari immigrant Farrokh Bulsara forsaking his traditional family and racist 1970s smalltown for the glamour of rock’n’roll, then skirts dangerously close to Spinal Tap territory, what with microphone-stand malfunctions and old-school industry execs telling our be-mulleted quartet what to do.
But even at this stage it feels like the story is being told with the benefit of hindsight. Malek’s Mercury seems to arrive fully formed and entirely confident that everything will work out, and some of the dialogue is just too on the nose to ring true (“there’s no musical ghetto that can contain us”; “I won’t compromise my vision any longer”). All of which almost cheats us of the anticipated first-act rush of success.
The singing voice is apparently an “amalgamation”, not Malek’s own, but on stage he apes Mercury’s strutting, virile bravado with dynamic conviction, particularly in the climactic recreation of Queen’s legendary Live Aid performance. It’s a feat of impersonation.
The real problem is how to handle Mercury’s off-stage life. On the one hand, there is the story of Mercury’s relationship with Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton. They begin as lovers and even become engaged, although it is as clear to her as it is to us that Mercury is bisexual, if not gay. The film’s most moving scene is where Mercury admits to this, and to his complex feelings of love for Mary. “I want you in my life,” he tells her. “Why?” she replies.
But on the other hand, there’s also Mercury’s bromance with the other members of Queen to address. Two of them, Brian May and Roger Taylor, co-produced the movie, after all (plus the band’s manager, Jim Beach). Sacha Baron Cohen allegedly walked from the movie when May outlined a story to him where Mercury’s death comes halfway through, “and the band goes from strength to strength”.
A bolder film might have explored the relationship between Mercury’s hedonism, his mostly closeted sexuality and his on and off-stage personas in a more nuanced way. Or at least taken its cue from Mercury’s own songbook and played it with some melodramatic abandon. This is a man who responded to his Aids diagnosis with songs like Who Wants To Live Forever? and The Show Must Go On, after all. As it is, this one seeks to tick the biographical boxes and wrap everything up neatly with a redemptive finale. That comes via the Live Aid performance, which could be either seen as an impressive technical feat or an extended karaoke session, but at least ends the story on a high. Bohemian Rhapsody honours Mercury the showman but never really gets to Mercury the person.


  18 months ago
Would Farrokh Bulsara approve of the movie made about his life with his band Queen? Queen, the movie … It’s a great watch to discover the music of an incredible band and the unique voice that was the lead singer. It covers the humble beginnings of a strange man who follows his heart and works his way to the top of a world of music and Hollywood showmanship. Many of us only know the songs played on retro radio stations, but we don’t know about the fight it took Freddy Mercury and his fellow band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon to get there. Freddy faced many personal demons, getting involved in drugs, alcohol and relationships with men that would lead him to feel hallow and empty. He forgot about those who were his family and eventually left the band for a solo career. Through the movie we experience theses ups and downs with him, the pain of this family and friends and the wonderful reunion that was possible in time for Live Aid. The band’s songs are wonderfully set to master the emotions in the film and the movie ends at one of the band’s greatest moments.


  18 months ago
In 1970, Farrokh Bulsara, a British student of Parsi origin who works transporting luggage at Heathrow airport, goes to a nightclub to see a local band called Smile. After the presentation, Farrokh meets guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and offers himself to be the band's new vocalist after the departure of his singer and bassist Tim Staffell. With the arrival of bassist John Deacon, the band (now known as Queen) plays in small places around England until they decide to sell their truck to produce their debut album. Their musical style allows them a contract with EMI Records. At the same time, Farrokh changes his name to Freddie Mercury and begins a relationship with Mary Austin. During the first tour of the band by the United States, Freddie begins to have doubts about his sexuality.
In 1975, Queen recorded her album A Night at the Opera, but decided to leave EMI executive Ray Foster when he refused to publish the six-minute song "Bohemian Rhapsody" as the album's first single. Freddie makes Capital Radio DJ Kenny Everett make the song debut by airing it. Despite having mixed reviews, "Bohemian Rhapsody" becomes a massive success. Shortly after giving Mary an engagement ring, they end their relationship when Freddie reveals that she is bisexual. He begins a relationship and labor with Paul Prenter, the second representative of the band.


  18 months ago
What a great movie about one of the greatest theatrical style rock bands to ever be. An insight into the accentric Freddie Mercury. A bit of a strange but genius of a man who can never be replaced. Queen made a mark on history like no other. There music and story in this movie will carry on for future generations. The last days of a man taken too soon but never to be forgotten . Lifelong fans as well as a younger generation of fans will be intrigued by this film. Destined to be a classic. Well done .A fascinating rockumentary . A glimpse into fame and the pros and sometimes tragic cons. All great stories need to be brought to light and the talented cast bring this one to life in such an interesting and true to life manner. Projecting the performancses of a band so alive in such a tasteful and fitting way. Theater portraying theatrical. The magic known as Queen...


  18 months ago
Probably one of the GREATEST movies of the year. Im glad the band and directors took their time on creating a great movie of one of the GREATEST rock and roll bands ever. I can 100% disagree with any critics or fans of queen that say this movie was a mistake or a waste of time to go watch, one thing is for sure when this movie is put on dvd i am makjng sure i grab a copy, i would go watch the movie again just to watch the history of Queen. This is a great family movie, even for people who dont know queen but know somebody who does would enjoy it. The choreography was exantly and all the actors did an amazing job of depicting the bands life, they really captured the exotic performances and practices while showing the bands disagreements and downfalls, but also showed the love that they had for each other and the friendships that were built over the years that queen produced music together. I give it a 10/10!!!
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