Bohemian Rhapsody

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My son loved it - is a huge fan. Read a couple of articles about it saying that the liberties they took with the story were odd - and that the real story was better in most cases. But overall I've heard a lot of good things.
 
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I'll eventually see it, but what I hear is in 2 pretty distinct camps:

1) Awesome and incredible. One friend saw it back to back nights.
2) Malek is award worthy but the story is all over the place and there's no real point.

The remaining members of Queen had say in it, so you know there's nothing that makes Freddie look bad or show anything too controversial. I can assume the live crowd scenes are great.
 
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Saw it this past weekend and we really liked it. The band scenes and concert footage was great. Brian May and Roger Taylor were listed as executive producers so they must have tried to stay true to the story as much as possible. Went back and watch the Live Aid part with Queen and Malek nailed it!
 
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I saw it this weekend and didn't like it at all. Thought the story was all over the road and, read later, that they took a ton of timeline liberties to make the story appear more interesting.

For instance, Mercury didn't tell Queen he had AIDS before Live Aid and that was not at ALL the reason they got back together for that "once in a lifetime" or farewell type performance. They ended up touring together the year after.

I thought a lot of the scenes were fluffy and contrived. Like how they were just fooling around in the studio and came up with Bohemian Rhapsody. The Mike Myers scenes were awful. The last 15 minutes was great, but the 2 hours leading up to it, I thought, was kinda cheesy.
 

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I saw it this weekend and didn't like it at all. Thought the story was all over the road and, read later, that they took a ton of timeline liberties to make the story appear more interesting.

For instance, Mercury didn't tell Queen he had AIDS before Live Aid and that was not at ALL the reason they got back together for that "once in a lifetime" or farewell type performance. They ended up touring together the year after.

I thought a lot of the scenes were fluffy and contrived. Like how they were just fooling around in the studio and came up with Bohemian Rhapsody. The Mike Myers scenes were awful. The last 15 minutes was great, but the 2 hours leading up to it, I thought, was kinda cheesy.
This kind of stuff is why I'll wait for it to appear on cable. Freddie was a great frontman, but I don't really get how he became legendary. Their songs after the first four albums were generally pretty uninterestingly mediocre musically compared to their pre-1975 work. Formulaic arena rock stuff. Queen was basically a has-been for the two years leading up to Live Aid. They were surprised Geldof even invited them. But, the reason they killed was that they rehearsed hard for that performance when few other acts did (see the Live Aid doc for support on this - it's really interesting). Live Aid momentum got Queen back into the studio.

I think Deepster nailed it in suggesting that May and Taylor would not allow the filmmakers to show Freddie too bad of a bad light. Like our current CiC, if you get the bully pulpit and tell enough lies, eventually it becomes truth for some folks.

Hope you all had a delicious and Happy Thanksgiving.
 

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Finally saw this tonight. Good watch. I don’t think it was the best movie, but I won’t be surprised if Malik wins best actor. Great performance
 

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I'll eventually see it, but what I hear is in 2 pretty distinct camps:

1) Awesome and incredible. One friend saw it back to back nights.
2) Malek is award worthy but the story is all over the place and there's no real point.

The remaining members of Queen had say in it, so you know there's nothing that makes Freddie look bad or show anything too controversial. I can assume the live crowd scenes are great.
I thought the movie wasn’t that great. Malik was great, but Freddy Mercury came off as a self absorbed and kind of unlikeable so it was impossible to root for him.

I watched the actual Live Aid performance on YouTube and I thought they did a great job replicating that performance.
 

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