I know I know, I am horribly late with this post, so that is why I decided to combine two movies in one review. On October 21 I finally went to see A Star Is Born and last weekend I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody. Both movies are about music, so combining them in this review makes perfect sense.
A Star Is Born
I first heard about this movie through Spotify. All of a sudden, Shallow appeared in a New Music Friday playlist. I listenend to the song, liked it and went to look for the movie. Well, that movie wasn’t released for another week.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper play the lead roles: Gaga as Ally and Cooper as Jack. I never heard of Bradley Cooper before, oops. Jack is a country singer who struggles with his career and suffers from self distruction. Ally is a waitress who never sings her own songs, but has a ridiculous amount of talent. Once Jack and Ally run into each other at Ally’s gig at the bar where she works. They hang out and fall in love. Ally’s career knows an impressive start, but how is Jack coping with this?
Before I finally found time to go to the theatre to see A Star Is Born, I already knew the soundtrack. I listened to it a lot for those two weeks. In this movie we finally get to see Lady Gaga’s huge vocal capacities and qualities, because trust me, she has them. There is no autotune or whatsoever. The story has been excecuted really well. I heard that it’s a remake, but I only saw this one. I strongly recommend you to watch this movie in theatres, but you probably have to hurry.
On to the next movie, Bohemian Rhapsody. Yes, this is exactly about what you might think it’s about. I saw the trailer in theatres when I watched Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and wanted to see this one.
Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Queen, from the start to their Live Aid performance. In the movie, you see Freddy Mercury (portrayed by Rami Malek) whilst songwriting and his struggles with fame, sexuality, family and health. However, these scenes are mixed with the vocals and images of the real Freddy Mercury. Why? Very simple: Rami Malek can’t sing. Nobody can sing like Freddy Mercury. Moreover, I think that the Live aid performance is too iconic to reconstruct. Again, this is a biopic, not a documentary.
Again, I strongly recommend you to watch this one in theatres, because of the performances and music. I’m not a huge fan of Queen’s music, but they played such a significant role in today’s music (industry) that this movie is a must see for everyone.
These were my mini movie reviews. Which movie have you seen and did you enjoy it?