Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody


Honestly, for the last few days, I was questioning about whether this post was a recommendation or a critique. This post is for those busy workaholics who took forever like myself to watch Bohemian Rhapsody.

Through my love for music and the cult regarding all thingsĀ Highlander, Queen as also been one of my top favorite bands aside from the Eagles.

From my perspective, Freddie Mercury never got justice or peace with everyone trying to be in his business, if not destroy his character when he was alive, but he was a gem in his own right regardless of the pressure that came with being simply Freddie Mercury.

With that being said, the factoids that were shifted from their proper timeline to benefit the flow of the movie kind of tore me, like basically the rest of the Queen’s die hard fans and critics. As I watched the film a second time, I simply get why they did what they did.

The strongest aspect of the film that made it one of the best films of 2018 is confidently the cinematography and editing for the film. Some of the best directions made for the cameras used in the production I have ever seen. A rightful balance of closeups, wide shots, and angles. Hence, why I sincerely am giving this film a recommendation, rather than a simple critique.

Might I add the resemblance the actors (Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, & Ben Hardy) had to the younger Roger, Brian, and Freddie?! Astounding imagery and development in the characters that they became in the film. Brilliant delivery on the actors part. Bravo!

I hope Freddie is looking down on us from above or across dimensions with a smile and full satisfaction that only Mary has brought him during his lifetime on this plane with this film. Congrats to Queen, the cast, and crew for being nominated for Best Picture. Well deserved!


Film Review: ALPHA

p13434106_v_v8_acI got excited with the trailer, don’t get me wrong. As having a passion for wolves in general, curiosity of the lifestyle and culture pre-dating before Christianity, and having my favorite game be Final Cry Primal, I had high anticipation for this film.

It originally was slotted for a film recommendation on my blog, but I was too disappointed in the results to allow that. Here are several reasons why…

As I watched the film, I was too distracted by the saturation of the CGI that was overly used throughout the film. To the point of unrealistic measures of the B.C. years for mankind. For me, the film was too virtual.

What also struck me was the actor who played Tau. As a film who was representing aboriginal tribes in the prehistoric times, or so I thought, Johannes Haukur Johanneson wasn’t the right actor to play the father is my two cents.

How do I say it nicely? Johannes looked too white (yes, he’s Icelandic) for the part. If this film is indeed taking place in prehistoric America, when again, did Leif Erikson and the Vikings come across and originally discovered America? Prior Columbus, but after Christianity was born a.k.a. A.D. and last I checked we did not have sabortooth tigers and mammoths in any A.D. years to my knowledge. That is NOT accurate prehistoric dates!

Okay, need to calm my Scandinavian (refuse to white-wash history) nerves.

Last, but not least. What is frustrating and what I recently learned in the art of film, doesn’t matter what you write, but how you tell the story through editing. For Alpha, there were parts that were too long winded and others too short winded. I don’t feel we needed that bit prior to the Great Hunt anyways.

What I would have done is… just dive right into the Great Hunt and start the story there. There are other ways to show the main characters weakness and strengths throughout the story, the writing itself and I felt the film carried that without that edit tidbit prior to the Great Hunt. I guess we have our different ways of storytelling in this world. The happy ending I’ll give after my critique is I appreciate the ending. It was cute. So props for the ending of the film. (: