Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody ★½

how this is considered a good or even decent movie is beyond me...
and the fact that it's up for best picture and best editing... there's no possible rational explanation for how it came to be... i think if you were to ask the academy how we got to this point they'd just start frothing at the mouth or something jesus fuck...

- that editing. actually ATROCIOUS. it shouldn't even be considered GOOD how is it getting a fucking NOMINATION for it. the pacing all throughout is just ... mindboggling. i don't even know if i'm mad because i'm not quite sure what the hell the editing process was like here.
somehow the movie manages to speed through months' worth of events and then take ages to finish a single scene. it's so clunky, it's rather offputting.
and jesus, what the fuck were those cuts and transitions. especially during the performance scenes. it was as though the movie was just incapable of resting on a shot for more than 3 seconds? gave me a fucking headache.

- adding on to that last bit, i swear to god, it's between this and FIRST MAN for whichever movie gave me the most motion sickness. no, i did Not need the camera to be spinning around like that. no, it did Not add anything to the scene or the energy. it just made me irritated lmao...

- i don't understand how other gays are watching this and interpreting it as positive gay rep. no, i'm not saying we should pretend as though homophobia was not an issue for freddie, but jesus fuck, there's certainly a better way of including it within the movie, isn't there?
to all the gays defending this mess, i'd like to know how the following are considered examples of Good Gay Rep:
1. those gay parties that freddie voluntarily went to? yeah, no they were awful... all he did was mope around, feeling depressed... even though at least one of his own birthday parties was a kinky gay love fest... what's not adding up here, i Wonder,,,
also? all these parties and just generally speaking, all the aspects of freddie that are Not Heterosexual are pretty much sidelined. i mean, i really had to laugh during that "another one bites the dust" bit, fading in and out of scenes in gay clubs where freddie just appears as an outsider... as though he was hardly a part of the scene, at least not happily so. just seems inaccurate and kind of insulting?
2. freddie starting to feel ill once he departs the band for his solo career and laying on the sofa after a gay kinky party ends or whatever and Just Then... the angelic heterosexual mary appears at his door to instill in him the wisdom and encouragement he requires... excellent timing mary! how did you manage that! oh no! the naughty kinky gays interrupted? how awful of them... it's time to return to the Light Side freddie... escape the gays... come back to your repressive, boring bandmates...
3. "i don't like the sort of people you hang around with." 👀👀 interesting words there, roger...
4. did they really need to change freddie's first meeting with jim to one where he gropes him? seems... unnecessary...
5. nobody in this fucking movie can say the word "boyfriend" apparently? jim is just a friend! a pal! a good buddy! fucking laughable lmao
shit there's probably more things i could list but i can't be arsed to return to all 2+ hours of that bullshit...

- tell me how they made a rock band legitimately BORING. you're telling me all the members of queen liked to sit around and get into arguments about songwriting and go home to their wholesome heterosexual families? the phrase is sex, drugs, and rock n' roll... not stale bread, vanilla bullshit, and the occasional riff. every time they tried to drag freddie for partying too much... yeah i had to laugh...

- the press conference scene.... they really thought they did something there huh...

- honestly, rami does a good job... i don't think he's particularly great but he's good. mostly limited by the material here, where most of his scenes are just "act flamboyant! okay now act depressed!"... there's not much to do with here...

- this script is... interesting as well. the pacing issues have as much to do with the screenplay as with the editing. no wonder they just ended with the live aid sequence, at least then they wouldn't have any clunky dialogue to speed through over some poorly edited mishmash of scenes.

ugh i could go on but i've already given myself a headache thinking about this. i wish i could be more detailed, but i don't think this is really worth the time, attention, energy, or effort. at least not more than what i've given it.
just... at a loss for words concerning why this has gotten the amount of love it has.

ANYWAY, i hate to draw comparisons because this trash should really not even be mentioned in the same sentence as the masterpiece i'm going to recommend, but just watch VELVET GOLDMINE already...









p.s. i love(d) joe mazzello and i wish he hadn't done this but Oh Well... guess i can only rewatch the social network now...

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