Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Queen Movie Review

Ne Cede Malis, Sed Contra Audientior
Do Not Yield To Misfortunes, But Go Forth More Boldly To Meet Them (Virgil)

Ofcourse somebody would want to make a film about the late great Freddie Mercury. I had mixed feelings over it. ALOT of the info in the movie and timeline is false. It’s a piece of fictional work designed to convey what they wanted you to know about him and the band and there experiences. Well, for something more factual, go look at the many documentaries and interviews online. For the film, they tried very hard to make the Egyptian actor Rami Malek, look, sound and act like him. The real Freddie was a physically bigger man and his striking actions and majestic persona are hard capture. I wasn’t entirely convinced of the performance and I don’t know why Rami Malek was chosen, I was more impressed at the actor’s work at the end of the film when he really came alive on stage as Freddie Mercury at the Live Aid concert. Yes, I expected it to win ALOT of awards, because of some elements in the film, even though critics like myself didn’t fancy it much. At the time when I saw the movie, I wasn’t really happy with it to go write a rave review, but as I continue to think about this man and his work, I have to say something. Prior to the film, the music of Queen for years were in movies, TV shows & commercials, and now AFTER the film, it’s still everywhere arguably as the band with the most hits heard in ads. Now this is a testament to their greatness, the mass commercial appeal as of late. There was a time in my development where Queen was one of the rock bands, I designated a moment of my life consistently listening to. The man was a musical genius. I felt the film focused too much on the gay shit. Some of the dialogue consisted of cheesy faggot comments that made Freddie looked like he was some Rupaul Drag person, when in reality, he carried himself more like a man. He was never out there in the public eye talking like that, seeming like that, or carrying himself like that. In reality, he was masculine, that was why when he died at age 45 in the early 1990s, it shocked people when we heard he lost his life due to complications with AIDs. I remember, it saddened me as a teenager back then the way the news of it was suddenly delivered over the airwaves. I missed him. He died too early. And now, so many years later in the current heyday of the flamboyant gay rights movement, they go and make a movie using HIM & his life to be a part of the gay agenda. If you study Queen, you’d know that Freddie himself when he lived, had no interest in being a point person for the gay movement or a Spokesperson on AIDs. He was a private man who was more mindful about HIS MUSIC. I’d think if you were going to do a movie about him, you’d more concentrate on his musical genius and things that really mattered to him. His lyrics hold philosophical content. He’s a Composer, right up there with Mozart, Bach, etc. Looking at the first half of the film was making me visibly upset with them focusing on homosexuality as if that was the main thing about his life, when other people around him at the time, can account for aspects of his personality being non-gay. In reality, heterosexuality was something he valued that the movie could not deny and had to show in some way since there was a woman he was romantically involved with, that he still loved till the end of his life and he left a great deal of his fortune to her even though she married and moved on. Something happened to Freddie as a young Indian boy born in Zanzibar/Tanzania when his family moved there to flee the Uprising in India. Then he developed as a person in England. We may never know the missing info, but there might be clues out there in cyberspace and alternative media. The movie could have been done better without the gay politics. Now we have content Millennials misunderstanding some things about his life and art as we go on as a society. He’s now a Gay Icon. Oh God! He was never seen as that before though. Nor decades before now, was he dug up and embraced as one of them, even at the time he lived. Some people say he was openly gay at the time, but there is evidence suggesting otherwise. Also, homosexuality (Buggery) was still seen as a crime in Britain in the 1960s. To many Americans & others around the globe, it was either a mental problem, or a vice you engaged in and some of us still think so. And for some, cross-dressing was a look you adopted or played around with, but it didn’t mean you were actually gay or lesbian, or something. And people eventually realized if you were or not. If he was privately exploring or finding himself because of some personal issue and I saw that, I wouldn’t make a film depicting that as the central theme of his life. It was more a gay movie, than an real biopic. There was so much more beyond that and what he never got to do in life. I don’t know how he himself would feel about this film they made about his life. I know though, he would have composed a better film about his story.

Lhisa Mrklon,

 

 

 

SOME LINKS ON FREDDIE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury

http://www.freddiemercury.com/

http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com/

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/freddie-mercury-teeth/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006198/

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CREED II (Review)


Iuvenis Bellator – Young Warrior

I liked it. I held off from doing this story right after I saw the film because I wanted to see if it would win an Academy Award so I can include that too in my article, BUT, ‘The Oscars’ snubbed even nominating the movie. I
don’t know why. They deserved attention. I thought the storyline was well written, & had some of the 80s Rocky charm. The film however was appreciated elsewhere and won other awards. Now, some guys thought it was a girl movie, & that it didn’t live up to Creed I, but they’re forgetting the evolvement of The Rocky franchise. You need to show the softer side of a tough guy. This happened with The Rocky movies, and now Creed. Here you had a boxer and his girlfriend committing their relationship further, and then a tragedy happens. History sort of repeats itself when like his father, Apollo Creed, Adonis gets his ass kicked by Viktor Drago to near death, but the referee, who I bet admired his Father’s greatness, stopped the fight leaving Adonis still with his rights to the championship belt intact. When Ivan Drago left Russia with his son Viktor, the agenda was to place Russia back on the map in the boxing world, through his son defeating Rocky’s protégé since Rocky defeated Ivan decades ago in his own homeland. Ofcourse, Rocky was trying to get Adonis to avoid this murderous challenge, barely surviving the onslaught himself back in the day avenging his dead friend Apollo in the movie ‘Rocky IV’, but Adonis could not shun destiny. And so we see a failed Adonis, eventually getting the help he needed from his father-like Coach, Rocky, training out there in God knows where, to gain the strength & skill he needed to withstand Viktor, because his dad trained him to be a killer in the ring. Also, he has a very injured casualty, his daughter, from womb trauma, was born deaf when her mom was in the arena watching in great pain as Adonis endured a vicious beat down by Viktor in the first fight. So we’re dealing with the need to win for vengeance & being the greater fighter. So, yeah, he won the second time around with even the opposing Fight Promoter himself applauding Creed on his victory. It was a great American moment as Russia lost again & Creed also winning the applause & respect of many of the Russians in the crowd. Viktor didn’t expect it, saved by his father telling them to stop the fight. He later consoled his son. At the end of the movie, they still train. What I especially loved towards the end, was Adonis going over to his fathers grave transmitting thoughts as he looked down at it with the famous signature stare of his dad, Apollo Creed.

Lhisa Mrklon,

SOME LINKS

http://www.creedthemovie.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creed_II

https://www.facebook.com/creedmovie/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6343314/awards

https://www.thefourohfive.com/film/article/will-creed-11-finally-win-stallone-that-elusive-academy-award-154

The Movie Get Out (2017) ~ (Critique)

A full plus year well after the February release of this film, featuring a ‘Black Actor’ Daniel Kaluuya, as the star, continues to enjoy its value & success. It was written, produced & directed by Jordan Peele, who’s also ‘Black’. I didn’t like the film. I preferred Kaluuya’s role in the movie ‘Black Panther’ because he played an African Leader of his own tribal domain. Historically in racist horror films & other genres, the Black character is often killed off early in the film. First of all, a Black person, unlike a Caucasian, wouldn’t be involved in, or be doing certain things, or going to certain places pondering/wondering to wind up dead or have a crazy situation happen on them. It’s not our nature. And that’s why those past Hollywood films didn’t make any sense to us & many of those films would have been much better scenically & conceptually, had they left the Black character out. So to play off that motif, we see again in this movie, a dumb Black guy, not racially conscious enough, dating a racist White female trying to lure him to his enslavement & death. If not for his occasional flash photography, talking to the hypnotized negro servants on the plantation, snooping & noticing strange stuff & MOST OF ALL, his continual cellphone communications with his Pro-Black friend assessing his situation & letting him know what time it was & for him to GET OUT, our hero of the story would have failed to retain his life & freedom. He ended up doing what we never saw ever in any previous horror films by a Black character, except for comedy skits & the movie ‘Django,’ where the oppressed Black character rise to victory. That was the moment of the movie I liked, when our fool ‘woke up’ & saw the light for what those people really were & smite them. A simple film that Jordan Peele felt he needed to put out there. I don’t think a sequel is necessary. The Film received nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Awards, & NAACP, however, it won for best foreign international film, at the British Independent Film Awards. Who else would be that open minded to appreciate the latent messages behind it all & not be offended? Well, not to be topped, in 2018 the film had a few Oscars nominations, but won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Jordan Peele graciously accepted the award making history as the First Black to win in that category.

~ Lhisa Mrklon