Category Archives: Biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

I avoided this film for weeks. Not because I don’t love Freddie or the dad rock anthems of the band Queen but just because I wasn’t feeling it.

Although I love films that make me cry, I don’t like the ones that seem out to get me from the offset (The Theory of Everything for instance). If I feel like I’m being deliberately manipulated emotionally then consider me out. But this movie isn’t like that thankfully and I enjoyed every toe-tapping, arse-wiggling moment.

Rami Malek‘s central performance is honestly exceptional. While it took a moment to get into his rhythm (just me?), before long I believed him completely. The Live Aid performance particularly showcases just how hard he must have worked to nail the perfect Freddie.

Rhapsody follows Freddie as he meets his band mates for the first time, falls in love with Mary (Lucy Boynton), becomes the most famous front man in history and then some. While it touches upon the last years of his life, I was heartened by the fact that this is not the focus. He lead a fabulous life and that’s why we’re all here, am I right?

There have been criticisms about the movie though and I can see why. As Freddie comes to terms with his homosexuality, he enters a world of drugs and debauchery which could be viewed as a negative take on the gay scene. The relentless focus on our leading man is also awkward and takes away a lot of the rest of the band’s contribution to their history. Now I’m not the world’s leading Queen historian but it’s been suggested that some of the timeline is off and that the story is embellished in places for creative license. SHOCKER.

All these things are legitimate criticisms and I respect them, however I got what I wanted from Bohemian Rhapsody. While the rags to riches/pride before a fall narrative is nothing new, it works for me. I got a kick ass Freddie, some genuine laughs and one of the best soundtracks of the year – so colour me happy.

Rami for an Oscar nom this year or I walk.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody? What are your thoughts?

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

This is clearly a passion project and it is good but there’s something about it that didn’t stick as much as I’d expected it to. I’m not sure that this is the failure of the piece or my own but there it is. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for such a depressing end to Oscar’s life – perhaps I wanted to remember him as the quick witted poet of my dreams instead.

That said it is refreshing to witness his story from a less glamorous standpoint. Rupert Everett plays Wilde very well and I was interested in the way he played him as washed up and sad. The dandy part of Mr Wilde is long gone, he is bloated and coughing up blood, dealing with the PTSD of jail life, of how quickly his celebrity has been turned against him for his so-called crimes.

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He has a handful of faithful friends and a new book in the pipeline but he is penniless and broken. When his beloved Constance (Emily Watson) passes on all hope of a reconciliation is lost and he fails to reconnect with his children. Though he’d wished for this, would it really have be an option when he’s still in love with Bosie (Colin Morgan)?

Via flashback we explore this relationship and the hurt left behind by his spell in the big house following his indiscretions. It’s not cheerful viewing but if you like period drama with dedicated performances then there will be something here for you.

My Rating

3.5/5.