If you follow me on Twitter you know I’m all about Bohemian Rhapsody. You probably also know that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the movie. I’ve seen it five times now, and alternate between loving and hating it each viewing. But it’s still my favorite movie of 2018. It’s fun, it celebrates one of my favorite bands, and the performances are fantastic. Plus, you can’t do better than that cast, especially Rami Malek.
But I know that it’s not everyone’s favorite. Sure audiences (especially Queen fans) love the movie, but critics were really harsh on it. I almost didn’t see it because the scores were so low. I’m glad I ignored them. The movies is currently sitting at 98% of Google users liking it, but 62% on Rotten Tomatoes and 48% on Metacritic (the latter two scores are critic-based).
The Golden Globes were last night and I stayed up way later than I should have waiting for Rami Malek to win best actor for his performance. I refreshed my Twitter feed countless times, waiting for confirmation of a win since I don’t have cable. I was about 90% sure he would win, but you never know with these award shows, so I still wanted to stay up and find out the result. A few moments after I found out he had won, I discovered Bohemian Rhapsody won best drama. What? I was shocked. Not in my wildest dreams had I imagined that happening.
It was up against so many good movies, and while I love the movie, it’s not like a perfect film. As I said in my review, it has some flaws. I really thought that A Star is Born would take home the award. Or Black Panther. Or BlacKkKlansman. All fantastic movies. And movies that seem like they would be critic favorites. But instead, a movie that was hated by critics won? I felt like I was in some sort of alternate universe.
I’m not sure why it won, but I’m glad it did. But people on the internet are mad as can be. Everyone is up in arms about this movie all of a sudden. And while everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions, I feel like a lot of the hate is misplaced. And a lot of it is coming from people who claimed they haven’t even seen the movie, but still hate it. What?!
Most of the arguments I’ve seen online are that it shouldn’t have won because of Bryan Singer. And while, yeah, Bryan Singer is literally human garbage, his terrible actions shouldn’t cost the rest of the cast and crew recognition for what is a pretty great movie (though not typical awards ceremony material) and a big undertaking that they’ve managed to pull off.
Had Bryan Singer not been fired halfway through, my feelings would be different. If he was still attached to the project, I would feel gross supporting it. But he was literally fired and replaced. The only reason he is credited as director is because of some dumb SAG rule. And yeah, while it’s true that Fox shouldn’t have even hired him in the first place given what was known about him, Hollywood in general is pretty scummy, and this crap happens all the time. Of course, that doesn’t mean we should be complacent when terrible things happen. But recognize that movies are a collaborative effort among hundreds of people. And even though this movie was made under iffy circumstances, hundreds (thousands?) of people worked hard on it and deserve recognition for bringing Freddie’s story to the big screen.
Bringing Singer into the conversation around the movie only gives him more attention. Instead of tearing down the movie because of one terrible person, we should be lifting up the rest of the cast and crew and praising them for putting together such a great film despite having to deal with Bryan Singer.
Hate Bryan Singer, don’t hate Bohemian Rhapsody.