Bohemian Rhapsody – Oscar Nominee
Another nominee, almost guaranteed to win an Oscar is the 2018 biographical film about the British rock band QUEEN. Just considering the number of fans the band has even now, the movie was bound to be a success without question. But then again, sometimes it’s not just about the story you tell, but about how you tell it.
There will always be those who say that a movie based on a true story does not do justice to what really happened. And that is probably true for many if not all of them. But I say, movies based on true stories try to stay close to the truth as much as possible, which sometimes is good and sometimes is bad. A thing that needs to be established though is that this does not make the movie in itself bad. Whatever happened … happened. We can’t go back and film it and even if we could, it would still not be the same. The art of cinema is indeed an art to tell stories, even true ones, but stories are a phenomenon, they’re never told the same way twice. We have to accept that if we are ever to watch a movie again … movies show points of view and as in real life, we cannot see all points of view at the same time … and neither can a movie!
A majority of people around the world would have known the key points of this story before entering the cinema and even before the movie was ever made … some have lived through it. The goal of this movie therefore probably was never about the shocking ending or the suspension of keeping production a secret as we know to be a big thing these days. No, I believe it was the idea to show a well-known story in a new way. After all, a movie is more or less a demonstration of its director’s point of view. Surprisingly for us, the director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is Brian Singer, a man also well-known for directing movies from the X-men franchise – X-Men, X2, X-Men: First class etc. I for one was very surprised, that is a very different direction. Some would say a risky move, but not Singer, who’s probably glad to have rebooted his reputation after the not so well-received last X-Men movie – X-Men: Apocalypse. The man obviously had something to offer to the world and he finally did it… and more so, he is being rewarded for it! A dream come true! Not unlike the movie itself.
I barely realised 2 hours had gone by. The movie basically throws you the line within the first minutes and if you grab it on, there’s no letting go until last one … and even after that. QUEEN have indeed left an astounding legacy after all. As you may have known, the movie follows the story of Freddie Mercury from when he joins the band in 1970, to their Live Aid performance in 1985 in front of 70,000 people. The focus is of course on Rami Malek, playing Freddie and how he came to be the Freddie Mercury we all know and love.
The movie focuses a lot on human emotion and actions. It speaks out about contemporary issues like sexual orientation, drug and alcohol misuse. Yes, we are shown yet another story of fame success and how it affects the people under the mask of fortune and how it eventually leads to desperation and how that desperation is overcome. But audiences do enjoy these types of movies because there’s something new to learn from every story. Just as there’s something new here as well.
The movie was nominated for 5 Oscars starting with Best Picture and Best Actor, but also Best movie editing, Best Sound Editing and Best sound mixing. It is almost obvious why 🙂
I’ll just quickly share some opinions on these nominations. The editing is indeed done amazingly. If we consider that the story being told is not new, the way it was told is! 2 hours were not enough 🙂 It was captivating, pleasant and memorable!
When it comes to sound, considering the nature of the movie, you know this is the department they spent the most money on. With good reason and all, but also with something phenomenal to show for it! I gotta say it … these songs are iconic and even if you are not a big fan of QUEEN, watching this movie, you feel the love for music they had/have and have bestowed upon the world. If you’re wondering, the difference between sound editing and sound mixing is that mixing involves the recording and ‘processing’ of sounds in terms of volume, frequency, dynamics etc. and editing involves the selection and arrangement of these sounds to create the final score used in the film. Being nominated for both, we can safely say the crew has done their best!
I love the sounds in this movie! It captures the magic QUEEN created, shows it in the most effective and emotional way. Oh yes, emotions are a big thing here. Get ready to feel everything the characters feel: be ashamed, scared, proud, brave and be a QUEEN!
If you have 2 hours and you’re not afraid to devote them to the screen… you will be taken from reality into something majestic. Get ready to sing:
“Is this real life? … Is this just fantasy?”