One of the absolute best things about my home’s location in Denton, Texas is the fact that I’m a mile – as the crow flies – away from the nearest Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to an Alamo Drafthouse, but they are impeccable and truly put the fun and excitement back into seeing films.
When I grew up in the late 1980’s and 90’s, movie theaters were just huge rooms full of uncomfortable chairs, a mildew smell, and a yearn to be completely remodeled.
It seems about a decade ago, that all began to slowly change.
I started to see theaters that served food at your seat, had stadium seating, and even had full bars available for patrons.
Thank God for whoever’s idea that was, because due to that stroke of genius, the Alamo Drafthouse has emerged.
On Sunday night, my girlfriend and I decided we needed to go see a movie, so we headed on over to Alamo Drafthouse, nestled into our comfy reclining chairs, ordered our endless butter popcorn and sodas, and readied ourselves to enjoy the Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Queen is one of my favorite bands of all time. If not for The Eagles, they’d easily claim the number one spot on my list and Freddie Mercury is without a doubt the greatest male singer to have ever uttered a note.
Because I hold both Queen and Freddie in high regard, I was skeptical of seeing the film at all.
I was afraid that the film wouldn’t do them justice, but I was dead wrong.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is easily my favorite film released in 2018, and Rami Malek, who plays Mercury, deliver’s the best performance of his career and our year at the movies.
He’s spot on as Freddie.
In fact, his performance reminds me of Meryl Streep’s as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” where you actually forget you’re not watching footage of the actual person the actor is playing.
If Rami doesn’t win an Oscar for this, then we may as well toss that awards show out the window.
He is so incredible that it’s almost eerie to watch.
The film covers Freddie and the band’s humble beginnings in England and follows them through worldwide fame, internal hardships, and ends after their iconic live performance at Live Aid in 1985.
It touches on the music industry, the innovations they brought to the table, and even Mercury’s struggle with his sexuality and eventual tragic death from AIDS.
What I enjoyed so much about the film was not only that the entire thing was sort of like a Queen concert, but that they didn’t harp on one singular issue.
They could have beat us to death with anything the band went through. They could have focused on the music, the performances, the drugs, the alcoholic abuse, the sexuality, AIDS, etc … but they didn’t. They really just told the band’s story and while yes, they touched on all of those things, they didn’t use and abuse the subject matter.
It was almost documentary-like, rather than a biopic, and I know you’ll agree when and if you see it.
Hands down the best film of 2018 and one of the best films of the entire decade.
If you’re making bets on a movie this award show season, I’d put your money in Queen’s pocket.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” will rock you.