Thursday, October 25, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie

Rami Malek shows off the Mercury strut. 20th Century Fox pic 

The Live Aid sequence is seen by many as a fitting end to the film. 20th Century Fox pic

The movie I’ve been waiting for so long! Since 2010, in fact! 

The Queen biopic that is aptly titled Bohemian Rhapsody. 

Although, I note that Queen star Brian May insisted Bohemian Rhapsody is "not a Queen movie, it's a Freddie (Mercury) movie".

From what I read and according to the above video clip by WatchMojo – I tend to agree that it’s a Queen story but it centers around Freddie Mercury obviously. 

And of course, Rami Malek's portrayal of the Queen frontman has been lauded more than the rest of the film. 

The movie has attracted mixed reviews.

Variety said the film was "a watchable paint-by-numbers ride through the Queen saga, yet it's rarely the movie it could or should have been". 

The Mirror's Chris Hunneysett was full of praise, writing: "This supersonic biopic of Freddie Mercury allows rock band Queen to claim their rightful crown as the champions of the box office". 

Steve Rose in The Guardian gave the film two stars, saying: "Rami Malek's excellent performance aside, it feels less a pioneering musical odyssey than a really good covers band". 

USA Today’s Brian Truitt opined: "Bohemian Rhapsody the song is a sonic masterpiece and Bohemian Rhapsody the movie is just a conventional rock flick, one all too ordinary for a man and a band that exemplified the extraordinary”. 

The New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski bluntly said: "What we ultimately wanted from Bohemian Rhapsody was not carbon-copied concerts, but behind-closed-doors insight into a deeply private, complicated, internationally beloved superstar". 

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. 

The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music (Rotten Tomatoes). 

I’m ignoring what the critics said, good or bad because I don't really care! After all, it’s Freddie Mercury, it’s Queen! Their music lives forever! 

And Queen fans will check out the movie, no matter what anybody says. It’s a given. 

Bohemian Rhapsody has a PG-13 rating and is in US theaters November 02. And in Malaysia, it'll be November 08.

Liverpool’s strike trinity found themselves on the scoresheet as a dominant performance earned a 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League yesterday. 

All three were on target in the same game for the first time this season. 

Roberto Firmino fired in Andy Robertson's cut-back on 20 minutes. 

Then Mohamed Salah (45, 51 penalty) got in on the act soon after by finding the back of the net on either side of the half to put the game out of sight. 

Wednesday night was extra-special for Liverpool’s No. 11 because Mo Salah made history – hitting the 50-goal mark in the fewest games. 65 games, to be precise. And 12 games quicker than any other player in the history of Liverpool Football Club. 

Sadio Mane rounded off the scoring in the eightieth minute when he slid in to poke into the bottom corner of the goalmouth. 

The interplay was good, there was lots of movement on show and they all looked keen to get shots away whenever possible, and the final pass was much better in terms of both decision-making and execution. 

I’m happy to see the Reds finally finding their fluency and I hope this is the start of that attack finally clicking into gear.

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