Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddie Mercury film

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  1. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams


    Saw this a couple of days ago and it was miles better than I expected. Anyone else seen it?

    Bohemian Rhapsody's portrait of Freddie Mercury isn't homophobic – it's inspiring | Gary Nunn
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  2. Saffy

    Saffy Under the duvet..

    Yeah I've seen it and I thought it was brilliant.
    I was pretty obsessed with Queen when I was younger and I've watched the videos countless times. How they've recreated their movements and expressions is amazing.
    It was always going to be sad. The bit where he was leaving the clinic and the young man sang 'ey oh' to him had me sobbing.
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  3. Buddy Bradley

    Buddy Bradley Pantheistic solipsist

    Almost went to see it but our local place was sold out; probably going to wait for it on DVD/streaming now. One criticism I did hear is that they played a bit loose with the timings of some events, such as his AIDS diagnosis, so they could up the drama.

    My 14-year-old daughter went to see it and it has turned her into a massive Queen fan now. :D
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  4. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    I'm inquisitive about it but the whole premise is flawed. You can't make a film with the band so heavily involved. Where's the perspective? as SB Cohen found out and other lost directors. There's alot of fact changes too to make the film 'work.' I'll wait till it comes round on TV which I'm sure won't be long. Rami Malek does look amazing mind.
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  5. Lupa

    Lupa I'm on my way from misery to happiness today

    Just searching YouTube for clips and came across this.
    Had me in tears. Especially how he used to phone to talk to his cats..
    He was so committed to his music right to the end.
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  6. Reno

    Reno The In Kraut

    I would have been curious about the SB Cohen movie which would have been far more edgy and irreverent. From everything I’ve read, this looks like a fairly bland paint-by-numbers biopic. The movie hasn‘t been well received apart from Malik‘s performance, not even taking into account issues around Mercury’s sexuality.

    I liked Queen in my early teens. I thought A Night at the Opera was the last good album they did and Under Pressure the last good song. Everything after that I find hideous and then my musical tastes moved on anyway. Mercury wasn’t a hero of mine as a queer kid. So many gay celebs deeply in the closet despite being absolute flamers in the 70s and 80s. I totally responded to what Bowie did in regard of playing around with sexuality and gender. Maybe ironically he could do that because despite rumoured experimenting, he was more straight than gay.
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  7. Lupa

    Lupa I'm on my way from misery to happiness today

    That took some courage to do....
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  8. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    That's what I was expecting but I thought it was a pretty good film. I don't think it was bland either.
  9. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I went to see it yesterday and I thought it was fantastic.

    I wouldn't describe myself as a Queen fan particularly - my dad loved them, so I used to listen to some of their stuff as a kld (my dad listened to 'Save Me' over and over when my mum left him). My musical tastes changed as I got older and by the mid 80s I had no interest in them whatsoever, and I didn't watch Live Aid. Freddie Mercury''s death almost passed me by unnoticed.

    I saw a trailer for this when I went to see A Star is Born and I couldn't get over how much they looked like the band and it piqued my interest. I had almost no idea about Freddie's life before - his relationship/friendship with Mary, his love of cats etc.

    When I came home I voluntarily listened to a few of my old favourites for the first time in decades!
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  10. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    I was a bit surprised that the crowd in the Peckham cinema were almost entirely under 30.
  11. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Haven't seen it yet but am planning to.

    For anyone who hasn't seen it, I also recommend this which is a really good doc/drama on Freddie (and definitely not made for a 12A audience either).

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  12. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    Yes, pretty similar in ours. A Facebook friend was raving about it and she was born in 1987. Maybe 80s music is coming back into style!
  13. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    It definitely is, but not all of it, thankfully. In the one bar I DJ at, they go WILD for Bon Jovi and A-ha!
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  14. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    My kids love queen, they're massively popular with the youth for reasons which aren't totally clear to me.
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  15. Lupa

    Lupa I'm on my way from misery to happiness today

    Because they're really good? Maybe? :D
  16. Saffy

    Saffy Under the duvet..

    My son is listening to them all the time now.
    He was most surprised that I knew all the words to most of the songs.
    Sheer Heart attack is my favourite album. I don't really know the newer stuff.
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  17. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    I'm a big fan of Queen (I own all their albums, even the rubbish ones) but I struggle to explain why they're quite as popular as they are - a recent yougov has them as the most popular musical artist in the country, by a huge margin (Freddie Mercury is also in the top ten by himself - presume not many of those voting for him solo have heard Mr Bad Guy...)
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  18. Lupa

    Lupa I'm on my way from misery to happiness today

    Look at it this need more than Ed Sheerin and Queen were and are brilliant. Young people are discovering lots of music from the 60s 70s 80s and they like it.
  19. hot air baboon

    hot air baboon Well-Known Member

    yeah - Brain May in particular looks uncannily good from the clips & that's the key support role after FM himself - ( having said that does anyone actually know what John Deacon looks like ? :hmm: ) seems shallow but I mean Johnny Rotten in the Sid & Nancy film :facepalm:

    For the younger crowd the Live Aid thing does seem to have assumed a sort of Woodstock-style place in pop mythology
  20. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    I was tempted to go and see it, but reports that it was a 12 and skated over a few things put me off - along with the band being involved. But then, good reports... :hmm:

    Anyway, for balance:

    The 30 Harshest Musician-on-Musician Insults in History
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  21. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    From the sounds of things, it was Sacha Baron Cohen who ended up saving the movie from being some May/Taylor vanity project by walking and it getting a re-draft.

    Sacha Baron Cohen: I quit Freddie Mercury biopic after dispute with Queen
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  22. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    Personally, I'm really glad Sacha Boron Cohen wasn't in the film.
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  23. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    How do people think it compares to the Ian Dury biopic, which was brilliant?
  24. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    My mum approves, she even took a rubbish pic with her tablet :cool:

    My sister bought her the tickets for her birthday.
  25. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    I think it's easily as good - maybe better in some regards because it's such a big story.
  26. FabricLiveBaby!

    FabricLiveBaby! Live Baby Fabric!

    I saw it yesterday. Was a bit worried about seeing it.. I do love Queen. Saw Queen and Adam Lambert live a couple of years back, was excellent. I think when May in particular has input it generally does OK, but was still worried.

    Thought it started a bit weak but improved towards the end and ended up loving it. Probably needs a rewatch. Casting was great, acting was superb. A few niggliy bits (those teeth were just TOO big) but all in all very enjoyable.

    Glad it ended on a high and the personal dramas post death were left out (Everett, Jim, Mary etc).
    Really liked the guy who played Taylor, and Miami. Timeline was a bit squwiff but it's a Big screen biopic not a documentary so I can allow it.
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  27. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Fishing in the River of Life....

    I agree wholeheartedly, I think their best too.
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  28. ElizabethofYork

    ElizabethofYork Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    I loved it. The Live Aid bit was fabulous.
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  29. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Saw it last night. While I thought it was alright, I was a bit miffed that the film ended at Live Aid.

    Also, the guy playing Freddie wasn't convincing enough for me. The guy playing Deacon was the only one who actually looked convincing enough to be him. Brian May was okay but didn't really get his mannerisms down. And I was surprised Roger Taylor signed off on the character who essentially made him look like a twat for most of the time.

    The docu drama is much better. The guy playing Freddie much more convincing too.
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  30. Tankus

    Tankus living someone else's dream.

    Seen it this afternoon , just 6 people in the audience , it ended an hour too soon ,for my liking ,and at the wrong point in their journey ........ It gave me a real lump in my throat , more than once ....its rare that Ill stay in the cinema untill the credits have ended too .....well worth a punt...and not as sanitized as I was led to believe with Cohens comments ...

    Just who is/was john deacon ?

    Some irony that was his name in the main that came up on the music credits ..

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