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  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Who's seen it and how was it?

    I've not seen it yet. Queen fan or not, I believe Freddie Mercury was one of the greatist vocalist of all time.
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    I haven't seen it. Buzz is the lead actor is incredible, the music scenes are great (including the entire Live Aid concert at the end), and the script was...shall we say, lacking.

    Apparently "Brian May" really channeled the guitar. Note that Queen had creative control, which I'm sure helped.
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    • #3
      I've only seen the trailers so far. It's kind of weird seeing rami malek as Freddy, but that's just because I've seen all the seasons of Mr Robot where he was an schizophrenic hoody wearing hacker. He does look quite a bit like Freddy Mercury.

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      • #4
        Going this afternoon right after I vote.
        will return to this site with a sit rep later.

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        • #5
          I saw it and loved it. And this was after going into it with low expectations as I generally don’t like musical bio-pics—especially of artists I know really well and love. Also I had read mixed reviews and I thought the trailer was disappointing. But the wife wanted to see it so we went.

          It certainly has some cliche moments and some spots with corny dialogue and such, but the performances are all very good. It follows the standard movie biopic formula. No new ground is broken here. But the band actually looks like they know how to play instruments, and the story is fast-paced and compelling. It ends with a 25 minute note-for-note reinactment of the Live Aid concert that is completely spot on.

          Malik does a great job as Freddie Mercury. Maybe an Oscar nomination here?

          There are a few details that might annoy hardcore fans—songs written/performed in the wrong year and such—but but these are all pretty minor.

          My 13 year old nephew loved it. His only disppointment was that they didn’t play enough of his favorite Queen song— Under Pressure. Who knew he even knew that song?

          if this introduces a great band to a new generation of fans, then that’s a very good thing.
          Last edited by guido61; 11-06-2018, 10:35 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MrKnobs View Post
            I've only seen the trailers so far. It's kind of weird seeing rami malek as Freddy, but that's just because I've seen all the seasons of Mr Robot where he was an schizophrenic hoody wearing hacker. He does look quite a bit like Freddy Mercury.

            Terry D.
            He's really a good actor IMO, so I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

              He's really a good actor IMO, so I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.
              He does a great job. I didn’t get TOTALLY lost in his character as he has those intense eyes and you can’t stop focusing on those TEETH, but he acts the part very very well.

              Kudos also to the guy who plays Brian May. Good actor and he nails the mannerisms on stage.

              They sort of relegate the John Deacon character to comic relief as the hapless “other guy” in the band. I guess that’s a risk when you leave the band and the other two serve as executive producers.

              The character of Mary, Freddie’s long-suffering girlfriend/fiancé/muse is the heart and soul of the movie and the girl who plays her does a fantastic job.

              Mike Myers appears as a composite of their first manager and a label guy who doesn’t believe that Bohemian Rhapsody should be a single and he’s seems to have been cast simply to toss out a Wayne’s World reference, but that alone makes his casting worth it.

              I have been amazed at the response this movie is getting. My first thought was this would be a flop as who cares about a 40 year old rock band? But it’s been doing really really well.

              I went to see it on Saturday and the showing was sold out. I had to buy tickets for later in the day. And the packed theater were all laughing and crying and stomping their feet and singing along. Even if you don’t like Queen, I think it would be hard to not like this movie.

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              • #8
                Yesterday we had torrential downpours, after voting A few klicks from my home, I came out to find the roads flooded due to the rains and the storm drains blocked by fallen autumn leaves.

                Took me quite awhile to negotiate my way home in my little low to the road BMW Z-4 Roadster.
                our ‘grown up’ car the Jeep Cherokee was in use by mi esposa driving her elderly father to a Drs. appointment.

                In a prior post I promised a review yesterday...mea culpa to y’all who were waiting with bated breath for my synopsis hahaha.

                OK, I went today.. just got back from seeing the movie in IMAX and I personally thought it was superb..

                I was impressed with the exceptional emphasis of detail in the period gear, mics, guitars, drums, recording equipment. The clothing, the hairstyles. ( mullets abounded) lol.

                I don’t think they could have put together a more convincing cast...Brian, Deacon, Roger, and dear Freddie were so perfectly depicted..
                The Live Aid recreation scene was so believable, even the guy playing Bob Geldof was a excellent match.

                The music was waaay beyond my expectations.

                Rami Malek portraying Freddie had his moves down to perfection...he absolutely channeled Freddie,

                I have to see this movie again, not on television, but once more, on the ‘Silver Screen’

                Supporting cast was excellent..Mike Myers was so believable as a guy that refused to release ‘Bohemian Rhapsody as a single...but ended up crying in his beer.

                l saw Queen in 1975 ( Sheer Heart Attack tour) at the Trenton War Memorial..supporting acts were Kansas and Mahogany Rush...(I remember Concert Security removing our ‘Wine Bladders’ and ‘Spliffs’ from us, and thinking ’Dayum, is this the future of Concerts...can’t even Bring wine and joints to a rock event anymore!?’

                I remember Freddie coming out in a Harlequin style black and white body suit, and holding a mic with 1/2 the stand attached..
                I was wondering how he came up with that 1/2 stand concept?
                .

                it’s demonstrated in one of the first scenes in the movie, he was debuting as lead vocalist with a band called Smile..he tried to raise the mic stand, it stuck, and he ended up rather clumsily separatiing the two parts of the stand and continued to sing ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ with the top half of the stand attached to the mic.

                One thing I learned about Queen recently was that John Deacon came up with that infectious bass line for ‘Another one Bites the Dust’ and in the movie it shows Brian and Rogers less than enthusiastic approval of the line as being ‘Disco’

                From what I recently read ( this is open to conjecture) was that John Deacon was influenced by R&B and came up with that line with that particular genre in mind.

                When it was decided that they would record it, Deacon was not happy with Brian’s chord phrasing and decided that HE wanted to do the guitar parts himself, apparently he did, and that created animosity between Brian and Deacon for months afterwards.

                But, I digress, Freddie, ‘Deaks’, Brian and Roger have always been a favorite band of mine.

                If you are a Queen fan, either a casual or rabid one, this is worth watching.
                Last edited by Luke17; 11-07-2018, 05:10 PM.

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                • #9
                  It would seem the general consensus is that this is a good movie. I know one thing about Luke17...He don't throw compliments around unless they are earned so it must be a pretty slammin' flick.

                  That's a good thing. My wife has been hounding me since the trailers broke to go see it, so I'll be squiring her this weekend.

                  I guess if I wanted to impress I'd say I was a Queen fan. I wasn't, perse. I absolutely noticed them, and after a few years came to appreciate the precision involved in their music...At least the stuff I heard. I read about how "Bohemian" was recorded and kinda had aw sh#t moment. Then I got interested in their creative process and realized what a talented bunch of guys they were. Then got into Brian May...Well specifically...His guitar. The fact that he still plays it...That it's still his main...

                  Plus what's not to love about a guy that stacks up AC30's?

                  My wife on the other hand, falls into the "Rabid" camp....And has always thought of me as a Philistine because I'm not.

                  S'ok.....David was the Man, but it's Goliath the Jewish girls got in a lather about.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AlamoJoe View Post

                    Plus what's not to love about a guy that stacks up AC30's?

                    My wife on the other hand, falls into the "Rabid" camp....And has always thought of me as a Philistine because I'm not.

                    S'ok.....David was the Man, but it's Goliath the Jewish girls got in a lather about.
                    OMG AJ...last two lines of your post have me pissing in my pantalones here podnah!👍
                    And those AC30s stacked up on stage did put a baguette 🥖 in my crotch area...so sweet looking!
                    Hope you do take your wife to see the movie, she will love the movie and you even more..

                    Miré mi, amigo, you will prolly see sooo many technical aspects that I failed to notice.
                    looking forward to reading your post if you go have a look- see.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by guido61 View Post





                      They sort of relegate the John Deacon character to comic relief as the hapless “other guy” in the band. I guess that’s a risk when you leave the band and the other two serve as executive producers

                      .
                      you nailed it Guido, that hapless ‘other guy’ wrote the second biggest selling Queen song ‘another one Bites the Dust’ and his ‘ You’re my best friend’ Written for his lovely wife, was no slouch in the sales dept. either.

                      BTW..Even though Deacon disassociated himself from the Queen playing name, he is still almost exclusively responsible for maintaining the Queen Enterprises Finances.
                      Last edited by Luke17; 11-07-2018, 07:25 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Okay, that does it. I gotta go see it, and I wasn't all the much of a Queen fan.
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                        • #13
                          ...and I saw it. Excellent movie, well worth seeing. Interestingly, I never really "got" Queen, but now the music makes sense after seeing the movie. Assuming the characterizations are correct - and I have no reason to believe otherwise - the concept of these misfits getting together, bonding as a family, and doing whatever they wanted to do is pretty cool. The music used to sound overproduced and pretentious to me. Now it sounds like both were just because the band, and Mercury in particular, threw everything they had at the music, and didn't put any governors on their musical motors.

                          Biopics are a mixed bag, but this one is worth a trip to the theater (and preferably one with a good sound system!).
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                          • #14
                            Loved it. Rami owned playing Freddie.

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