Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by pokerking, May 17, 2018.
Fantastic, loved it, if you haven’t, go see it in the cinema before it’s too late
Saw it today, absolutely loved it! The final 30 mins left me with watery eyes.
They might as well have just shown the actual live aid concert rather than replicate it exactly.
Watched this over the weekend, loved it!
4 Oscars out of 5 nominations isn't bad.
Best editing, best sound editing, best sound mixing and best actor.
Came out with the most Oscars of all the winners too.
Honestly though - where was that "best film editing" in the movie though? Whiplash, Mad Max Fury Road, Hacksaw Ridge, Dunkirk. And Bohemian Rhapsody. (squints eyes). Really??
Isn't that what films are kinda supposed to do?
They are supposed to create interesting stories, sometimes fictional, sometimes based on real events
It just seemed a bit redundant to me.
I don't think it would have worked cutting between vintage footage of the real thing and the dramatised bits with the likes of the other characters at the side of the stage, plus there would be limited angles and shots available.
Quality of media. Live Aid was recorded as interlaced SD. You couldn't upscale and make it look right for a 4k movie.
I loved that scene and the fact that they got every last little detail right - really made the film for me!
Shame about the rest of the film, the timeline and mistakes are shocking.
I have watched it four times though.
So happy to see Rami take the award at the Oscars. I remember seeing him as an extra in Gilmore Girls all those years ago, our boy is all grown up!
Ok, that's a good reason.
They did use a brief of the original coverage though, When you see them sitting with Princess Di and Luggy. That was the only bit.
Yeah it was a bit weird that that particular scene was so accurate but then the rest of the film was apparently littered with inaccuracies - but it didn't really affect my viewing because I wasn't aware it was wrong at the time!
Not just littered with inaccuracies though - practically none of it happened as shown on screen.
It wasn't how they met and formed Queen, Freddie knew everyone in Smile (including their first vocalist) for over a year before becoming band member. Smile played along Freddies band Ibex on several occasions and Mercury and May flat-shared together for months before him joining Smile/forming Queen. Just ask SexyGreyFox, he was there on the night with his band (sorry, totally uncalled for but couldn't resist )
Freddie and Mary didn't meet on the same night/Smile concert. He knew Mary long before since Mary was his flatmate's (yes - Brian May's) girlfriend when they met. John Deacon wasn't partaking in Queen's first concert, he didn't join the band until late 1971. Their first manager was never fired, he moved on to a different position in the industry. It wasn't how they wrote most of the hit songs shown and almost all songs in the movie are written, premiered or performed live in a wrong year. The Austin Powers frowning EMI executive never existed in real life, and the guy they actually had as a contact exec at EMI was crazy about the band. The band never split up, all members had solo careers before Freddie's endeavours and they didn't enter Live Aid from a long estranged hiatus. They jumped on stage after returning from a ten month world tour promoting album The Works (Radio Ga Ga, It's a Hard Life, I Want to Break Free, Hammer To Fall - that album). The tour ended 7 weeks before Live Aid and included two nights at Rock In Rio (which in the movie happens in 70ies, and which Mary somehow watches on TV back in UK). They kicked bottoms at Live Aid because they trialed the set by fire for months plus they rehearsed few hours a day for weeks before the show. The phones at Live Aid weren't silent until Queen played, Queen was number n-teeth in a long run of absolute superb sets before them, including Sting with Phil Collins, Brian Ferry with David Gilmour, plus U2 and Dire Straits directly in a queue before them. Freddy didn't fall for his ex man-servant, Jim was a hairdresser and they met at a club. A week before courting Jim, Freddie was still dating some Austrian actress (she's actually in the "It's a Hard Life" video). Because his sexuality wasn't that black and white. And of course that's not how and when the whole HIV thing.
In tldr; - there was a Mary, there was a band, they played at Live Aid and there were Pepsi cups on the piano - that's about as much as is correct in that movie.
...but apart from THAT, it's fairly accurate?
I have to admit Im a huge Queen fan (late 70's to late 80's at least) but I really didn't like the film. Mr Robot did a good portrayal of Freddie, but even from the first shot of his back it looked similar...ish but that's about it, I guess the film was always going to happen at some point, but to me it wasn't Oscar worthy at all
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