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Bohemian Rhapsody - Ded

AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated.Meechigan Icrontian

Went and caught a late showing of this last night after putting the kids to bed.

I've been hype about this movie since the first trailer dropped. I'm already a huge Rami Malek fan, and I couldn't wait to see what he did with it.

Absolutely not disappointed. From start to finish, his performance was a masterpiece. Rami Malek for all the awards next year.

The settings, the music (I mean, come on, how could the music NOT be amazing in a Queen movie), the path they took through his life (heartbreaking). Everything about this movie was the perfect tribute to the quintessential rock & roll showman.

I was only 16 when Freddie passed, so it didn't really affect me that much other than the standard "Oh man, no more Queen".

The last week or so in the lead up to this movie I've been jamming a ton of Queen in preparation. Listening to all the different things they did, playing with genres and turning conventions on their heads. A Night at The Opera came out barely a month after I was born, and I think it still holds up as one of the greatest albums ever put out. Full stop.

Also, in listening to so much in the last week, his death has really sunk in as to its impact on the music world. More than Bowie. More than Michael Jackson. Freddie was a phenomenon, and we're all much worse off in the 28 years he's been gone.

I haven't felt such an emotional ride from a movie in I can't remember how long.

I won't even get into the songs they used, because the contexts could be taken as spoilers, especially toward the end.

If you have an even passing familiarity with Queen or Freddie. Go see this movie.

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Comments

  • SonorousSonorous F@H Fanatic Virginia Icrontian

    I maintain that Freddie has the absolute best voice in Rock music ever. You can't change my mind. I can't wait to see this movie. I'm glad you gave it such high praise because I have genuinely been worried that it would be a total flop.

    AlexDeGruvenprimesuspect
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    I've been seeing a bit of criticism in the days following the opening about how they treated his sexuality.

    Apparently, for some people, you can't tell that two (or more) people had sex unless you see them doing it on screen in full display. At least, that's what I gather from the criticism I'm reading.

    This was a PG-13 movie, as required by the surviving members of the band as a condition for the music licensing, first off.

    Secondly, the ONLY time you see Freddie in bed with anyone is right before he proposes to Mary (history, not spoiler), and even then it was suitable for TV.

    There is absolutely no doubt that Freddie was gay and had lots of sex (I mean, come on, he was the biggest rock star in the world) in this movie. If you can't come to that conclusion without seeing actual uglies bumped, then I pity you.

    To have tons of sex and drug use (also implied in another scene without having to see someone actually running lines) front and center on the screen would have, in my opinion, dramatically taken away from the movie. This was a movie about him and the band's journey. Breaking ground and turning convention on its head at every turn. Yes, Freddie was gay and died of AIDS, we all knew this. This was not a revelation for anyone. It's also absolutely not the point of the film.

    SonorousRyderaspieRommelketo
  • aspieRommelaspieRommel Icrontic politico Indianapolis, IN Icrontian

    @AlexDeGruven said:
    I've been seeing a bit of criticism in the days following the opening about how they treated his sexuality.

    Apparently, for some people, you can't tell that two (or more) people had sex unless you see them doing it on screen in full display. At least, that's what I gather from the criticism I'm reading.

    This was a PG-13 movie, as required by the surviving members of the band as a condition for the music licensing, first off.

    Secondly, the ONLY time you see Freddie in bed with anyone is right before he proposes to Mary (history, not spoiler), and even then it was suitable for TV.

    There is absolutely no doubt that Freddie was gay and had lots of sex (I mean, come on, he was the biggest rock star in the world) in this movie. If you can't come to that conclusion without seeing actual uglies bumped, then I pity you.

    To have tons of sex and drug use (also implied in another scene without having to see someone actually running lines) front and center on the screen would have, in my opinion, dramatically taken away from the movie. This was a movie about him and the band's journey. Breaking ground and turning convention on its head at every turn. Yes, Freddie was gay and died of AIDS, we all knew this. This was not a revelation for anyone. It's also absolutely not the point of the film.

    TL;DR: We came to watch a biopic, not a porno.

    Am I correct with that assumption?

  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    Basically?

    That's my feeling on it, for the most part. As I said, I didn't need to see him having sex with anyone to know he had sex.

  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian

    I bought “A Night At The Opera” after reading this. I’ve now spun it 20+ times. Extremely good.

    Tonight it occurred to me I acquired a Queen vinyl in my dad’s collection last year, so I went to look and... same one.

    Pretty chuffed.

    AlexDeGruven
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    A Night at The Opera is probably my favorite album across the board from anyone. It's an absolute masterpiece in the weirdest, quirkiest, and most fun way possible.

    Linc
  • JokkeJokke Bergen, Norway Icrontian

    Saw the movie today. More powerful than I anticipated.

    AlexDeGruven
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian

    Holy hell, what a movie.

    @AlexDeGruven said:
    I've been seeing a bit of criticism in the days following the opening about how they treated his sexuality.

    That movie couldn't have been any gayer without full frontal.

    @AlexDeGruven said:
    I haven't felt such an emotional ride from a movie in I can't remember how long.

    Samesies.

    AlexDeGruven
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian

    Knowing "A Night At The Opera" well paid dividends in a couple of scenes by providing incidental context.

    AlexDeGruven
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    And Wayne's World.

  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian

    NYT has a nice recap of the moment at Live Aid, with the subhead "Freddie Mercury’s set in July 1985 is often called one of the greatest live performances of all time. What made those 21 minutes so memorable?"

    One standout passage:

    Here was a gay man stuck in a pop culture moment that continued to insist his identity remain shielded in code. But what glorious code he chose! Through his balletic gait and florid presentation, Mercury rubbed the nose of Live Aid’s global audience in a powerful brand of effeminacy, seducing them into adoring something they might otherwise view with contempt.

    AlexDeGruven
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian

    I'm now at the point where I've audited their discography and picked the order in which I will be purchasing and exploring it. I now own 1974-77 (4 albums: Sheer Heart Attack, A Night At The Opera, A Day At The Races, News Of The World). Next is '77-80 (Jazz, The Game), then backup to Queen & Queen II, then press on into the 80s.

    Ryder
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