Movie review: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018)

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“How many more ‘Galileos’ do you want?!”

Since it was a foregone conclusion that any review I might attempt to write for the Queen/ Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody would consist of an opening excess of “full disclosure” statements, I suppose we might as well start. First: Freddie Mercury is my favorite singer of all time. Period, full stop. I don’t honestly even know who qualifies as runner-up. Most likely it is a ten-way tie, with the pack mired ten miles or so behind our winner. Beyond his famous flamboyance and extravagance, his room-leveling outward confidence and revolutionary, simultaneously invigorating and hypnotic stage presence, there is the undeniable fact of Mercury’s voice, a dynamic, multi-octave nuclear missile of near-unlimited range that unquestionably ranks among the very greatest in the history of recorded music. Continue reading “Movie review: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018)”

Movie review: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)

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“You took the things that meant the most to me…”

“Maybe you should have fought harder for them.”

The clunky, under-heated climax of a trilogy that had breathed new life into its dormant genre and helped pave the way for the pummeling waves of superhero movies we’re enduring currently, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, while a financial success, was a creative miscalculation on several fronts. It’s not even a bad movie per se, but it’s also not nearly the film it could’ve been. The project appeared fast-tracked for mediocrity once director Bryan Singer – who pushed the first two X-Men installments to increasing heights at a time when the requirements for a superior modern superhero movie were still being codified – exited in favor of shepherding Warner Brothers’ next to most recent Superman reboot, and was replaced by Brett Ratner, a high concept hired gun (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) known for neither spectacle nor character work. Continue reading “Movie review: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)”