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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018)

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

In this modern era of film, we find ourselves in countering a great deal more Bio pics these days. And never before has been strongly said, at long last there is a biopic worthy of every single praise delivered by professional critic, and avid fan alike.

With a film like Bohemian Rhapsody, the exploration of the bands formation concluding to their epic Live Aid performance in 1985, explores a great deal of the trials and tribulations that the band had to go through. And of course like another band bio pic released in 1991, Oliver Stone’s “The Doors”, even though the band is the center of the plot, the main storyline focuses on a singular protagonist. In the case of that film, it was Jim Morrison, in this case of Bohemian Rhapsody, it is Queen’s own Freddie Mercury. Arguably the face of the band.

Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

As with most character arcs, it could be safely called wonderfully and beautifully tragic. Mercury himself who was taken on this Earth far too early in his life undoubtedly lived his life to the fullest and this film does not hesitate one second to show that. One could easily see how difficult it must must’ve been for after Rami Malek to portray the infamous Mercury. But Malek does an excellent job in the film as do all the other actors betraying the other members of the band.

Joseph Mazzello, Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, and Ben Hardy in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Given the particular era in musical history that this form takes place in, it seems pretty self evident of how chaotic the livelihoods of certain individuals were, as well as the chaos that was the 1980s itself. Another thing of this film captures at a very excellent level.

The film itself is almost like music, and some small way it’s almost as though this film in essence “sings” to every single member of the audience who watches it. It’s very rare that a movie has the power to do that especially one that is rooted in nonfiction.

Joseph Mazzello and Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

A beautifully crafted movie Bohemian Rhapsody is definitely one for the books. That being said just like Freddie Mercury there will scarcely be another movie or another singer that could possibly top this one. Terrific film!

Full 10/10

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Aquaman” (2018)

With the plethora of superhero films coming to theaters in 2019, it seems rather fitting that the conclusion of 2018 should come at an epic scale. With the release of DC’s “Aquaman” not only has this been a major improvement on the layout of the DC film universe, but it also has a great deal of action, grandeur, and a good example of storytelling that other superhero films might to able to improve themselves upon.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman (2018)

Up until the release of this film, the DC film universe was basically a hit or miss type situation. This is especially the case with films like “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, and “Suicide Squad.” People either really like these movies or they really hated them. But one thing at the DC cinematic universe has actually shown is that the next film tends to make the previous film just a little bit better.

In the case of their version of “Justice League” it out of a certain lightheartedness that the cinematic universe DC was strongly lacking. Initially, the Aquaman film is a little bit more lighter in story than say other introductory movies like “Man of Steel”. The character of Arthur Curry is a very complicated and yet extremely simple protagonist. One of the oldest forms of storytelling to date: a man fighting his destiny. Well this type of story may be one of the most recognizable, it is also quite possibly the most easily understandable. And then having such a sympathetic character the audience is more easily able to relate to him. This is not a person burdened by the glorious purpose of being a god among men like Superman, or someone with borderline sociopathic tendencies like Batman. For the most part Aquaman is simply a man doing what he believes is right. The exploration of such a character in the DC cinematic universe alone helps garner a better audience response that some of the previous films.

Besides the great acting and story line of this film, another thing that date that deeply deserves praise is the use of visual effects. In presenting the underworld the underwater world of Atlantis, there is great beauty mix both in comic book images as well as typical undersea landscaping. The world present an Aquaman is an elegant and yet chaotic world.

Djimon Hounsou, Natalia Safran, and Sophia Forrest in Aquaman (2018)

One thing that audience is me find a little bit intimidating about the movie, is the length of time. It seems like they tried to cram a lot of the mythology in as much as short a time as possible which unless the story is written correctly, can get tedious very fast and resulting in a poor film. But for what it was worth the writers and filmmakers did an excellent job in that including very subtle comic book references that only true fans of Aquaman will notice.

Aquaman (2018)

Overall, this is a terrific that fully delivers.

This film is the reason there will be no more bad jokes about Aquaman.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

Why does Drax the Destroyer seem to think that standing still will make him invisible?

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……because Groot did that very same thing to him in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Deadpool 2” (2018)

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Juggernaut is credited as being played by ‘Himself’.

Juggernaut is actually being played by the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds.

Reynolds did the motion capture work and the dialogue. His voice was lower in post production.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Deadpool 2” (2018)

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The two rednecks talking to each other when Cable makes his appearance in Present Day, are actually being played by Matt Damon and Alan Tudyk.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018) *UPDATED*

In December of 2017, director Bryan Singer was fired by the studio due to his erratic behavior and constant absences from the set. Singer was reportedly at odds with the film’s star Rami Malek. Director, Dexter Fletcher was brought in to complete the final two weeks of shooting and the film’s post production.

As of the original time this was posted, it was unknown if Singer would get any credit on the film. Bryan Singer got final director’s credit due to the standards set by the Directors Guild of America. Fletcher got credited as an Executive Producer on the film.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

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After ten long years of setting up the story lines, Marvel has finally released it’s masterpiece. As I previously predicted, there was a danger of overshadowing certain primary characters, but in all, every character gets an antiquated amount of screen time. The film is set up in multiple story lines. With half our heroes on Titan and half the heroes on Earth facing the threats sent by Thanos in his attempt to get the Infinity Stones. It’s very interesting realizing how many of the protagonists of Marvel do not actually interact with one another, and by not interacting with the other forces of good, the story has a quicker pace. Less exposition.

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There are two things in this particular film that merit interest. Something I thought would occur, but I’m sure many fans of the franchise might not have thought of. There is a great deal of focus on Thanos as a character. He gets his own story arc, very much a kin to Milton’s Paradise Lost, or the 1993 film “Falling Down”, where as an audience we are shown his personality, his reasons, his motivations, we get to see the good in the villain who blindly believes that what he is doing is right. This was a common thing to show in movies of the 30’s and 40’s, but it’s something almost never shown these days. It further complicates the story in a way that makes much much more than a simple action movie. Previous Marvel films have shown the complexity of the heroes and only occasionally the villains (a prime example is Loki). It was refreshing to see something different and not as predictable in a comic book based film.

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The other, were the multiple story lines of the interacting heroes, like the one about Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Dr. Strange, or the one that follows Thor, Groot, and Rocket. Paring up characters that we might not have expected to work together, but the writers, and the actors totally pulled it off. With a great blend of humor and heroism.

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One thing that also breaks the cycle of many previous films of the MCU is that this is a film of consequence. We see strong consequences of the actions taken place. Many things were consequence free in the MCU, like the death of Coulson (brought back to like in the TV show “Agents of Shield”). But Infinity War shows in the harshest possible way how the consequences lead up to a completely unforgettable conclusion.

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Marie Mouroum, and Winston Duke in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

This film is definitely the stuff Myth is made from, and Infinity War is without a doubt one of the best films that Marvel has made thus far.

Excelsior!