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We went with the kids, and we all really enjoyed it.  The kids know a lot of the music and know little about the band, so took it as it comes.  It also opened some interesting discussions with them after regarding the horrible advent of HIV and the abhorrent discrimination that accompanied it.  I thought the actors were all great and well cast.  No one is ever going to do a good enough job of someone so unique and charismatic as Freddie, but the actor did bloody well I thought.  I also went in not caring about “accuracy”.  That’s what docco’s are for.

 

oh on another note, for those living in Melbourne, we saw it at the Thornbury Theatre - a fantastic small independent cinema.  Highly recommended, and one of my all time fave’s - Stop Making Sense - is coming up.....

 

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Oh yeah-    

Kinda on topic.   Check this out if you've not seen it before, it's neat...very much so.     Even the guitar break is sung!

I wish that I had the money to see this moofie, but I'm just a poor boy from a poor family ?   --Geoff

Mrs G and I went last Saturday on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. She stayed awake through the entire thing which is testimony in itself...!

 

Best bit? The little reference to Waynes' World by Mike Myers character.

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9 hours ago, Grizzly said:

Mrs G and I went last Saturday on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. She stayed awake through the entire thing which is testimony in itself...!

 

Best bit? The little reference to Waynes' World by Mike Myers character.

I missed that bit but I liked the Kenny Everett part.

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There were a fair few bits like mentioned above that made me smile right from the very start when the 20th Century Fox theme tune was done in a Brain May style. He probably played it.

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Fun movie. KE scene was a hoot. Great to hear the early tunes again. I can remember when 7 seas of rye came out. 

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On 29/11/2018 at 7:07 PM, crisis said:

I missed that bit but I liked the Kenny Everett part.

The Mike Myers character said something along the lines of "That song (Bohemian Rhapsody) isn't a song kids will drive around in their cars playing loud and banging there heads to!" ......something like that. I chuckled when I heard that.?

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15 hours ago, stevoz said:

The Mike Myers character said something along the lines of "That song (Bohemian Rhapsody) isn't a song kids will drive around in their cars playing loud and banging there heads to!" ......something like that. I chuckled when I heard that.?

um, I didn't even recognize that was Mike Myers! ?

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6 hours ago, crisis said:

um, I didn't even recognize that was Mike Myers! ?

It was indeed a challenge to see him behind all the facial hair and make up.....but I also knew of this character (who was a mash up of a couple of other real people and didn't actually exist in real life) before I attended the screening.....great line though!?

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Finally got around to see it over the weekend!

 

Great movie, great music! So, ok, not chronologically and historically accurate, but I think the characters were very well crafted, especially Deacy and Brian May. Actually, Brian May's character was so good it was spooky.

 

Some very good moments, great recreation of Live Aid, and I'll be definitively getting the copy on BD when it comes out.

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

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Ok, so this picture didn't really deserve to win the Golden Globe for 'Best Picture', because better movies had been released last year but it's good to see a movie rewarded for 'feel good' factor alone for a change and is acknowledgement of the power of one band and rock music in general.?

PS: It won't win the equivalent Oscar.....but that's fine.?

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I found the bits and pieces with studio and band interaction the most enjoyable bits of all, coffee cans throwing and discussions included. I view it more as a Queen movie rather than a Freddie movie, but I guess each one has their own take.

 

I'll be holding on for the blu-ray.

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

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8 hours ago, betocool said:

I found the bits and pieces with studio and band interaction the most enjoyable bits of all, coffee cans throwing and discussions included. I view it more as a Queen movie rather than a Freddie movie, but I guess each one has their own take.

 

I'll be holding on for the blu-ray.

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

For sure. It has given me an appetite for some kind of doco that tells the story of every album. I loved the Classic Albums series and I reckon they could do a whole series on Queen albums.

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15 hours ago, crisis said:

For sure. It has given me an appetite for some kind of doco that tells the story of every album. I loved the Classic Albums series and I reckon they could do a whole series on Queen albums.

Pardon my ignorance.. what is the Classic Album series? That sounds like something I should watch!

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

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6 hours ago, betocool said:

Pardon my ignorance.. what is the Classic Album series? That sounds like something I should watch!

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

 

4 hours ago, Mike13 said:

Looks awesome. I’d like to see up until 2008. 

The Steeley Dan, Motorhead. Fleetwood Mac and Meatloaf ones were particularity cool as I recall. Ive forgotten some others probably. The Meatloaf one made me go out and buy the album  (which I was probably one of the only people my age in Australia who never did when it was released). Once I knew Rundgren produced and played guitar on it. Its a great story that one.

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I think SBS or the ABC aired the series at one time.

 

Some kind soul gifted me the Steely Dan one on the making of the Aja album.

 

Well worth the watch, what they put poor Michael McDonald through for his part on Peg, the auditions for the correct guitar sound and the bass player (I think it was the bass player) sneaking in a disco rhythm.

 

I haven't seen the others but I'd think they'd be as enjoyable

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1 hour ago, turnthetable said:

I think SBS or the ABC aired the series at one time.

 

Some kind soul gifted me the Steely Dan one on the making of the Aja album.

 

Well worth the watch, what they put poor Michael McDonald through for his part on Peg, the auditions for the correct guitar sound and the bass player (I think it was the bass player) sneaking in a disco rhythm.

 

I haven't seen the others but I'd think they'd be as enjoyable

I have that too. But I had to buy it myself..

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15 minutes ago, crisis said:

I have that too. But I had to buy it myself..

I've seen it a few weeks back on youtube

Not the best quality but does the job

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Being a tightarse I waited until Bohemian Rapsody became available as a rental this week, same goes for ‘A Star Is Born’.

 

So I just watched them both on consecutive nights and my pick was the Queen story by far. For me one was entertainment with great singers and very well made, the other was a small look into the life of some incredible people who changed music and what we think of it for ever.

 

cheers Terry

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I watched Bohemian Rhapsody last night, just brilliant the cast, especially Rami Malek, this will be watched again and again for sure.

 

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I'm a bit late to this party, I really enjoyed the film, probably more for the content than the film itself.

 

On reading some of the comments here, it would have been good to have seen some more of the "underbelly".....but that would have made it VERY long. Perhaps a story better suited to TV?

 

There is a video doing the rounds, left channel movie, right channel Live Aid. I've not been able to watch it at home yet, but with headphone it was very impressive.

 

Rockfield Records must be a pretty special place. Its where Oasis recorded their first album - there's a good doco about that

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On 21/04/2019 at 3:29 PM, Mike13 said:

Check this out. Almost impossible to copy Freddy:

 

 

Nevertheless that is an incredible attempt. All around!?

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Am I the only one not gushing over this movie? I'm a big Queen fan and was really looking forward to this.


I found it OK, not great..  It didn't feel like it did when it was actually happening, at least for me, that's for sure.

 

I actually found the actors who played Roger and Brian did a more authentic job than Rami. The dude who played Brian was bang on!

 

The amount of truth bending is what did it for me. Sorry I wish I could join in the excitement :(

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I found it to be a most entertaining movie with great music and have watched it several times with the volume turned right up in the music scenes, as for the bloke acting as Freddie I reckon he is more than likely as close a Freddie copy as one could reasonably expect given how truly unique he was in so many ways.

 

I guess those hoping for a documentary style reconstruction of the life and times of Queen could more then likely be disappointed, where as those looking to be entertained and celebrate one of the greatest artists of our time more then likely were happy to watch it.

 

cheers Terry

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11 hours ago, kryten2001 said:

Am I the only one not gushing over this movie? I'm a big Queen fan and was really looking forward to this.


I found it OK, not great..  It didn't feel like it did when it was actually happening, at least for me, that's for sure.

Im not gushing either, finally watched it saturday night and was a bit bored for parts of the movie.

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Well put me down as a gusher, I loved every minute of it and saw it twice at the cinema a couple of weeks apart, the second time at a different cinema that was extra loud and brilliant.

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KRYTEN... you are correct. it was boring, if you want to save some money just stay home and play some queen music. they had the documentary on sbs that showed the "real" story.

 

if the guy does not actually sing in the movie role then sorry... he gets no rewards imo.

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1 hour ago, hopefullguy said:

 

if the guy does not actually sing in the movie role then sorry... he gets no rewards imo.

This dude sings: http://www.iheartradio.ca/news/marc-martel-sings-freddie-mercury-in-bohemian-rhapsody-1.8547062

 

Rami is really good in Mr Robot. Check it out!

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Marc shows you how to sing like Freddie: 

 

 

 

The thing about Rami Malek is that he looks nothing like Freddy. 

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On 28/04/2019 at 11:00 PM, TerryO said:

 

I guess those hoping for a documentary style reconstruction of the life and times of Queen could more then likely be disappointed, where as those looking to be entertained and celebrate one of the greatest artists of our time more then likely were happy to watch it.

 

cheers Terry

There are a list of documentary style programs to watch if you wanted that. This was a movie. A dramatization and taken like that it was well done. People complaining about accuracy are like me complaining about war movies for using the wrong model Tiger Tank. Which I do, but its stupid...

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