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Gerard Butler Really Loved Working With Zack Snyder For 300

We can add Gerard Butler to the list of big Zack Snyder fans. The Scottish actor starred as Leonidas in 2007’s 300, and recently he took the opportunity to gush about the movie’s director in a video interview, saying:

Gerard Butler spent most of his Fox 5 DC interview promoting his new action movie Hunter Killer, but he bookended his talk with praise for Zack Snyder, as a director and just as a kind human being who would take the time to make a crew member feel better when they messed something up on set.

Butler had been asked specifically about working with Snyder in relation to all the 300 green screen, and what that taught him. The actor also tied Snyder’s passion to the origin of King Leonidas’ famous 300 line.

“This Is Sparta” was such “a bizarre line to say,” Butler said, and he tried repeating it a bunch of different ways for different takes. He asked for one last time, the final version it seems, and it was so over-the-top it made the stunt guys guffaw. Butler thought it might be too much, but Zack Snyder thought it was awesome. And it was.

300 was only the second feature film directed by Zack Snyder, after his 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake. To call 300 a hit would be hiding it in the shade. The production budget was around $65 million and it made more than $450 million around the world. (If only Gerard Butler’s struggling Hunter Killer could boast the same box office numbers.)

After making 300 for Warner Bros., Zack Snyder became a go-to director of comic book adaptations, from Watchmen to the DC Extended Universe’s Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.

Snyder famously had to step away from directing Justice League, which was subsequently taken over by Joss Whedon. Justice League co-star Ray Fisher recently said he’d still like to make a Cyborg standalone movie with Snyder. So it’s clear Gerard Butler isn’t the only major fan, not to mention all the fans still pushing for the Snyder cut of Justice League.

Hunter Killer is now playing in theaters. Zack Snyder still has producer credits on the upcoming DCEU movies, including Aquaman, which opens in theaters December 21.

How Much Bohemian Rhapsody Made On Opening Night

After a long and at times tumultuous journey to the big screen, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is finally here and its ready to rock the box office. Like your friend who was listening to a band before it was cool, audiences beat the weekend rush to see Bohemian Rhapsody at preview screenings last night, where the film jammed out to $3.9 million.

The preview screenings for the film started at 7 p.m. Thursday night at 3,260 theaters, and set Bohemian Rhapsody up for a big weekend at the box office. The $3.9 million haul was especially impressive, considering that Halloween was on Wednesday and most of the movies in theaters saw their numbers dip on Thursday– as audiences were presumably recovering from the holiday.

As noted by Deadline in its box office report, Bohemian Rhapsody‘s $3.9 million opening night surpasses two of this year’s other successful music films, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which made $3.4 million and A Star is Born, which made $3.2 million (although the latter had Wednesday sneak previews which pushed the total up to $4.55 million).

Those two films both found success opening weekend, with Mamma Mia 2 debuting with $34.95 million and A Star is Born rocking out to $42.9 million. Bohemian Rhapsody was tracking in the mid $30 millions range, but the movie’s Thursday night performance and the Friday numbers have necessitated a revision to that forecast.

Bohemian Rhapsody is now looking at an opening weekend between $43 million and $45 million, after what is should be a Friday in the neighborhood of $18 million. So Bohemian Rhapsody and 20th Century Fox should be singing “We Are The Champions” when the weekend is done with a first place win at the box office, and the film well on its way to making back its $55 million budget.

While critics haven’t been particularly gushing about the film, although it is now teetering on the side of fresh at 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences are finding a lot to like with Bohemian Rhapsody, which should help with its legs at the box office throughout the weekend and beyond.

The thing about classic rock like the music of Queen is that it is classic for a reason. The songs are timeless, as familiar now as they were decades ago, and that’s drawing in audiences of all ages, not just those that were alive when Queen was at its height in the 70s and 80s.

Another story that is arguably timeless given its many retellings in various mediums throughout the years is that of The Nutcracker. However Disney’s latest retelling, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is not bringing in audiences in quite the same way as Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which has been largely savaged by critics, made $625,000 opening night and is looking at a $20 million to $23 million opening weekend. That might not be too bad if the holiday film didn’t cost $120 million to make, and to its credit, every bit of that comes through in the lavish images onscreen.

Mixer Adds New Ways For Streamers To Make Money

Believe it or not Mixer is already heading into its full second season. The service originally went live back in early 2016, but it took Microsoft a while to really build up the content and functionality. Now that it’s rocking and rolling, Microsoft has stepped up the monetary offerings when it comes to streamers having options to make money.

Over on the Mixer Blog, there’s a brief rundown about how the team has been taking the community feedback into account and that includes new features and functions for how streamers get paid. One unique new way for streamers to make a bit of side-cash is through the Sparks.

The Sparks patronage has been added to the monetary line-up right now, and it’s designed for viewers who want to support their favorite streamer but are short on actual cash. You can earn Sparks just by watching the livestreams, and then you can spend the Sparks on skills that can be used to help support a partnered channel. The Sparks can also be used to help the streamer reach a milestone achievement, which in turn can then allow them to cash out with real money returns.

You can also spend real money on what’s called Embers, which are a virtual currency that you can use to purchase high-value skills, which also pays out higher rewards and actual monetary value for the Streamer. You can think of it like Sparks being silver currency and Embers being gold currency. The Embers for Mixer aren’t available just yet but they are coming soon.

Both versions of the crystal gems tie into the more elaborate skill system. The skill system is exactly what it sounds like. You’ll have a variety of skills you can utilize on your account by unlocking them through various activities in Mixer.

Microsoft refers to skills as a form of expression, and these include sending stickers, utilizing GIFs, launching special effects such as confetti or fireworks, or interacting with the channel by unlocking the new skills. It’s similar to the audience reaction GIFs you can use on Twitch, and the more you use the different skill sets, the more the partner channel is supported financially.

There’s also going to be an all-new progression system set to arrive in Mixer starting in early 2019. The whole point of the progression system is to disrupt the two-tier subscription model, which usually relies on viewers either being a full subscriber or not. Instead of simply leaving it at a basic subscription model, the progression system will give the opportunity for viewers to level-up their engagement within the streamer community and Mixer as a whole, unlocking new skills, participating in the chat feature, and earning new abilities, whether you’re using Mixer as an app on a mobile device, on PC, or your Xbox One.

What this means is that even if you don’t subscribe to a Mixer channel, you might be thoroughly engaged by using a lot of the community features, and thus you might have a higher progression level than a subscriber.

On the tech side, the team is also working on improving FTL for a broader array of streaming support, and turning on automatic bitrate switching to create a smoother experience depending on the user’s connection. The team is also adding more report functions for when viewers come across video issues and need to get tech support on the case ASAP. While the progression system is still a ways off, you can dive into the skills and Sparks system right now.

The International Gymnastics Federation Just Banned ‘Heavy Makeup’ From Competitions

The world of gymnastics is getting a ton of attention these days, but for all the wrong reasons. Following the sentencing of Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics doctor who sexually assaulted more than 300 young women, the new USA Gymnastics CEO stepped down after just five days on the job ([and after gymnastics superstar Simone Biles called out her anti-Kaepernick Tweet). And now, the International Federation of Gymnastics (or FIG), the governing body of the sport, has just placed a ban on “heavy makeup” during competition.

It stems from a gymnastics routine at the 2018 European Championships in August, during which Dutch gymnast Céline van Gerner competed with a floor routine inspired by the musical Cats, complete with the original music and hair and makeup to match.

From her scores, she didn’t appear to be penalized for her costume. “It’s not like we’re used to makeup like this in artistic gymnastics, but for me, it was like… I’m doing this routine based on the musical Cats, I’m wearing a cat-like leotard,” van Gerner said afterwards in an interview with Luba Baladzhaeva of gymnastics news site Gymnovosti. “We checked the rules and there was no restriction on makeup, so we just went for it.”

There weren’t any restrictions then, but FIG has since changed that. This week, van Gerner posted a screenshot of an apparent rule change for the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar. It reads: “Face-painting is not allowed; makeup must be modest and not portray a theatrical character (animal or human).”

Gymnasts and those who follow the sport alike have expressed their disappointment in the policy change, which seems to set a double-standard and undermines the fact that the gymnastics world has more pressing matters it should deal with. Plus, the word “modest” both is gendered and can have insidious implications when applied to how one looks or what one wears. (In fact, Olympian Aly Raisman called out this very thing in a moving Instagram post earlier this year. “Women do not have to be modest to be respected,” she wrote.)

This isn’t the first time that makeup has received unwarranted attention and policing. In fact, it’s far from it: During the 2016 Summer Olympics, two male hosts on Fox News discussed whether female athletes (namely gymnasts) should or should not wear makeup, for reasons still unknown. And the peanut gallery on Twitter took it upon themselves to critique Gabby Douglas’s (perfectly sleek) ponytail during the 2012 Summer Olympics. We’ll take a wild guess that for the 2020 Summer Olympics, someone’s going to whine about the skin looking too luminous.

Last we checked, wearing makeup doesn’t prevent you from being a serious, talented, or seriously-talented gymnast.

Glamour has reached out to FIG for comment and will update this post accordingly.

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ESPN Subscription Service Now Available On Consoles

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Bohemian Rhapsody’s Best Musical Moments, Ranked

The following contains SPOILERS for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Bohemian Rhapsody hits theaters today, and with it will likely come something of a resurgence of the popularity of Queen music. That’s never a bad thing. While the movie is being met with mixed reaction overall, few have anything bad to say about the music. Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t even the first movie to learn how a Queen soundtrack can really amp up your game, after all.

There’s obviously a lot of great music in Bohemian Rhapsody, but which of the band’s famous tunes get the best treatment in the film? Much of it is incidental background music, but a few songs get a chance to shine and they’re among the best moments in the entire movie. This isn’t just about being the best song, but being used well in the film to an appropriate effect. Let’s get started.

10. Freddie’s Redemption – Under Pressure

As mentioned, a lot of the music in Bohemian Rhapsody is just used as incidental music. It’s used as part of montages or simply diegetic music in the background of a scene. Most of these moments don’t make the list, but a couple did, and one of them takes place near the end of the film. Freddie has come out of his haze thanks to Mary Austin, who has finally gotten through to him. After Mary rides away and Freddie kicks John Reid out, that familiar bass line starts to the great Queen and David Bowie collaboration “Under Pressure.” The song’s a bit out of time, as it was recorded years before the events in this moment, but considering the title of the song, there’s no better option in this place.

9. Opening Credits – Somebody To Love

There are so many ways that a movie about Queen could have started. They have so many memorable songs. Bohemian Rhapsody decides to start the movie at the end, moments before the band takes the stage for the Live Aid performance, but the song in the background is perfect. In many ways, the song itself, “Somebody to Love,” is a window into the story we’re about to be told. But it’s also one of Queen’s best songs, and the perfect way to get you in the mood for the film. It builds the anticipation for the end of the movie before things even get started.

8. Smile – Doing Alright

Before the band was Queen, it was called Smile, and before Freddie Mercury, they had another lead singer. This is the only song in the movie not sung by Mercury, but that’s part of what makes it a solid movie moment. Bohemian Rhapsody is very much Freddie Mercury’s story, which means the rest of the band often takes a back seat. This is one of the few places where you get to see that the other members of the band were legitimately great musicians in their own right. Freddie Mercury may have been the final key that unlocked superstardom, but the rest of the band played their part as well. Freddie wants to join them because he knows they have talent.

7. The First Performance – Keep Yourself Alive

If you needed any more evidence of just how important Freddie Mercury was to the band, then simply look to the next musical scene in the film. After some minor fumbling with a microphone, Freddie appears to completely forget the lyrics to the song he’s supposed to be singing. He doesn’t let that stop him and instantly Freddie’s stage presence is visible. Even the people who were angry to see a new lead singer have to take notice that they’re in the presence of a real talent. Freddie elevates the rest of the band and everything that happens to Queen, at least in the movie, is because of this moment.

6. Mercury’s Diagnosis – Who Wants To Live Forever

“Who Wants To Live Forever” previously existed on the movie screen as part of the Highlander soundtrack. While it’s little more than montage music here, the song is used to great effect in a sequence where Freddie Mercury learns of his AIDS diagnosis. It’s a perfectly fitting piece of music in the way that the meaning of the song has been turned on its head. Previously, the song was about somebody who would live forever, but wishes he could live out his days with the woman he loved. Here, we see Mercury facing his own mortality, long before he’s really ready to be done with life. Of course, in his own way, Freddie Mercury would live forever, but clearly the man wasn’t ready to be done quite yet.

5. Becoming Stars – Killer Queen

You can’t talk about Queen without talking about “Killer Queen.” It became the band’s first number one in the U.S. and launched them as international superstars. It’s our first real moment in the movie of seeing Queen as the band that we know. They perform the song on Top of the Pops, the British music show where the stars played, and the song catapults them to global celebrity, becoming a number one hit in the USA and starting their first American tour. The rest is history, or in this case, cinema.

4. The Recording Session – Bohemian Rhapsody

We can’t really talk about the movie Bohemian Rhapsody without talking about the song of the same name. The movie shows us some of the creation of the iconic song, as well as its controversial release. Watching Queen “make the sausage,” so to speak, is fun, as we get to watch the various parts get created on their own, before finally coming together in the finished product. When it’s actually time to hear the complete work, it’s played while we’re shown what the critical reception to the song actually was, which wasn’t particularly kind, even though it did become a number one hit (twice). The song certainly aged well, as it’s one of the most instantly recognizable tunes ever made. We don’t get the entire song of course, as the movie itself may be tacitly admitting that the tune is a bit too long. Also, the associated Mike Myers cameo is fantastic.

3. The Argument – Another One Bites The Dust

Similar to “Under Pressure,” this one is all about the bass line. In the scene, Freddie has fired Queen’s longtime manager after being manipulated, and the rest of the band is unhappy. An argument has begun and bass player John Deacon has had enough of it. He sits down and starts to jam just as a way to avoid bickering. Whether intentional or not, he ends up ending the argument when everybody else stops to listen to what he’s playing, the catchy bass line to “Another One Bites the Dust.” It’s a great moment for a couple of reasons. First, it shows how even with the problems the band was having, music could still bring them together. However, the song’s title also foreshadows that, eventually, everything is still going to fall apart.

2. Audience Participation – We Will Rock You

Sometimes, simplicity works best. The three beats that make up the bulk of “We Will Rock You” may be some of the most famous in the history of rock music. Watching the song come to life on screen is a joy because we all know what’s about to happen, but watching the characters figure it out is a lot of fun. Brian May has an idea, but the rest of the bad clearly doesn’t get. Freddie comes in late (as usual), but when the lightbulb goes on for him, it all starts to come together. We jump between the studio and an arena full of fans as the song comes to life, culminating in that guitar jam finale that makes it all worth it.

1. Live Aid

This sequence, of course, comprises multiple songs, but it’s a single sequence and that’s part of what makes it amazing. Bohemian Rhapsody recreates Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance, almost in its entirety. It’s like watching the performance live, something large parts of the audience of this film never had an opportunity to do. While the movie as a whole may be as much miss as hit, you’ll leave the theater feeling the movie was a massive success simply because of the way this sequence makes you feel. It’s a remarkable achievement and the perfect way to cap off the story of Queen.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Microtransactions Are Live On PS4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players will be getting just about everything a week early on the PlayStation 4, and that includes microtransactions. If you’ve got some extra cash lying around, they’re available now.

If you’re blasting through Multiplayer matches or diving into round after round of Blackout, you might appreciate the opportunity to earn some extra cosmetic gear for your soldier in Black Ops 4. If that’s the case, you might be interested in the microtransactions Activision and Treyarch have introduced to the game, which are live now across all regions for the PlayStation 4 and rolling out next week for gamers on the Xbox One and PC.

Microtransactions were inevitable, especially seeing as how Treyarch has been setting the stage for their arrival ever since Black Ops 4 launched. They’ve basically tried to ease the community into the system, beginning with the introduction of two tiers of free content that can be unlocked simply by playing the game.

The easiest comparison to make is to Fortnite. Just like Epic’s massive battle royale hit, Black Ops 4 has seasons of tiered content players can work through simply by playing the game. To be clear, these initial tiers are free of charge. Each season is a couple months long, with experience you earn in Multiplayer or Blackout matches ranking you up and unlocking new gear. Treyarch will also offer special unlock tiers for a limited time, as seen during the Halloween season. There were 10 tiers of Halloween-themed goodies players could unlock over the course of about a dozen days and, again, it’s all free of charge.

As revealed in a recent blog post, though, this new set of tiers is called Special Orders and can only be accessed by spending real-world currency. There’s a bit more control over how you unlock these tiers, as players can freely swap between which Special Order they want to work through and, once the gear is unlocked, it’s yours to keep. In other words, if a special event is ongoing, a player can be working on up to three tiers of cosmetic items to unlock, with these Special Orders being the only set of items you have to pay for.

Perusing the comments, it seems like quite a few fans aren’t happy with the inclusion of microtransactions. Some folks seem to be tired of these types of transactions in general, while others call out the fact that Treyarch’s system and Epic’s system in Fortnite isn’t exactly comparing apples to apples. Fortnite is a free game with one free tier of cosmetic items and one paid tier per season. Black Ops 4, though, is a full-price game with a season pass that nearly doubles the cost of the game. The argument some players are offering is that, if Treyarch wanted to do these types of for-pay rewards, they should have maybe taken the place of a season pass.

Based on what we’re seeing from the upcoming Battlefield V, that seems to be the system DICE will be gunning for. We know the game will have cosmetics and microtransactions, and this tiered seasonal model seems to be pretty successful right now. However, Battlefield is doing away with the season pass this time around, instead offering new maps and modes free of charge to anyone who purchases the core game.

True Detective Season 3 Trailer Looks As Good As Season 1 Did

The full-length trailer for True Detective Season 3 has arrived! If it is any indication, the third installment of the HBO anthology should be able to equal the highly-acclaimed quality of Season 1. Find out if you agree by watching it, below:

The intensity of Season 3’s storyline is not lost in the trailer, nor are the parallels between the seasons. In the latest trailer, True Detective appears to be fully embracing its beginnings as a somber detective story that spans decades. Thus, taking the series back to what made the first season so compelling.

The haunting cinematography is back, as are the flashbacks and the interviews. Like Season 1 did with Rust and Marty being interviewed regarding their case, Mahershala Ali’s Detective Wayne Hays appears to be regarding his memorable case under similar circumstances. The life-draining properties of being an investigator are also at play here, which was an aspect that was almost entirely absent from Season 2.

As the trailer communicates, Season 3 will take place in the center of the Ozarks and involve a disturbing mystery. It begins with the disappearance of two children in the 1980’s. The mystery will deepen over three different periods of time, hence, we’ll be witness to a nonlinear narrative during the season.

That is similar to what transpired in Season 1 with Rust and Marty’s original case being revisited in the present as viewers are transported to the past. Of particular note in the trailer is that Detective Hays says, “there were seven in 1980.” This line could indicate that the rash of missing children does not end with the first two kids which Hays and his partner begin Season 3 investigating.

Another intriguing clue about Season 3 is that it appears Mahershala Ali’s Wayne Hays may have a memory-related condition. At one point, the person interviewing Hays says that what he does not remember, he does not know. Not too long after, Hays can be heard saying, “My whole brain’s a bunch of missing pieces.” Perhaps, there is a condition that has altered his memory? But, that’s just a theory.

The drama also appears more than ready to take on the next awards season. Mahershala Ali’s performance in the trailer alone, suggests that he will be an awards season favorite, as well as Carmen Ejogo. So, there are a lot of reasons to believe that Season 3 will restore True Detective to its prior acclaim.

Another thing True Detective Season 1 and Season 3 have in common? They will both have made their debuts at the beginning of the year, with Season 3 premiering almost five years to do the day that Season 1 bowed.

True Detective Season 3 premieres Sunday, January 13 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. The list of fall premieres you can catch up on in the meantime should keep you busy while you wait.

Will Modern Family Actually End After Season 10?

Modern Family Season 10 just suffered a “significant” death, but reports of the ABC show’s own demise have been greatly exaggerated. Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett) said the cast is game to keep the fun going past the 2017-2018 season. As the actor put it:

Jesse Tyler Ferguson made his comments to The Hollywood Reporter, adding he’d really just like to see the award-winning comedy end on “a strong note.” One can’t argue with that.

Right now, even co-creator Steve Levitan doesn’t know if Season 10 will mark the end or if they’ll continue into Season 11, for either a shortened season or a full normal season. He told THR it’s partly down to cast contracts and creative concerns to make sure “we have the right stories.” He did add, though, that they have talked about this season finale being a potential series ender, and have created “a really nice moment” in case that happens.

Plus, ABC — part of the Disney family — is taking ownership of 20th Century Fox, which produces Modern Family, and that upcoming Disney/Fox merger has left many things undecided for the future. So the fate of Modern Family is currently up-in-the-air.

Deadline had recently reported on conversations between the network and the studio about a potential shorter Season 11, with around 18 episodes instead of the usual 22-24. But it sounds like it’s too soon to know whether The Powers That Be will go for that or just take a bow.

Actress Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy) told THR “it’s going to be hard to say goodbye,” whenever it happens, but she’s ready for her character to grow up and learn how to be a responsible adult, since it’s about “five years past her time.”

It’s also going to be hard for fans to say goodbye to the show, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for its first five years in a row. Since then, it has dipped from its average of 12 million viewers (it’s averaging around 5 million so far this season, with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo), and some critics groan when it still finds itself on awards podiums. As much as some longtime fans will miss the show, others think it has past its prime.

Whenever the show does say goodbye, Rico Rodriguez (Manny Delgado) told CinemaBlend exactly how it should end — and he made a good point. It’s easy to forget as you get caught up in the show, but who has been filming them this whole time? And why?! Maybe they’ll pull an Office move and finally break that particular fourth wall. Or maybe, since it has been done before with these mockumentary shows, they’ll find their own way.

In the meantime, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sarah Hyland said at least one more “major thing” is still ahead in Season 10 — and it’s bigger than that death.

Catch new episodes of Modern Family in the fall TV lineup on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Bohemian Rhapsody Reviews: What CinemaBlend Thought Of The Freddie Mercury Biopic

This weekend sees a pair of major film releases, one is the slightly quiet opening of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but the other is about a group of characters that couldn’t be quiet if they tried. Bohemian Rhapsody brings the story of Freddie Mercury, and to a lesser extent the rest of Queen, to the big screen. We here at CinemaBlend have had a chance to check it out and, while it’s a film with some real energy in its musical sequences that would make Queen proud, the rest of the story falls a little flat. Senior Movie Contributor Mike Reyes wrote the official CinemaBlend review where he gave the movie three stars out of five and he says…

The music of Queen was known for its energy as well as it’s frequently unusual aspects. The movie itself takes its name from one of the most unique pieces in all of rock music, Bohemian Rhapsody. For a band that was often on the bleeding edge of the industry, the movie itself plays things fairly safe with a pretty standard biopic structure of success, self-destruction, and redemption. Managing director Sean O’Connell felt that while the music made the movie fun enough, and Rami Malek‘s turn as frontman Freddie Mercury was spot on, it’s a surface level retelling of the story.

Bohemian Rhapsody is certainly a fast-paced tale. It covers nearly two decades in barely over two hours, which forces the film to speed through pretty much everything that it does. Between showing us the birth of some great rock tunes we also need to watch the band grow and evolve over time. The result of the pacing is that we rarely get to digest one experience before we’re on to the next.

But man, that music though. Whether it’s watching the birth of “We Will Rock You” or hearing the bass line for “Another One Bites the Dust” for the first time, whenever the music takes center stage there’s a fun in Bohemian Rhapsody that you can’t ignore. And the Live Aid sequence will likely go down in history as one of the best musical moments in cinema. My own thoughts? Well, quite simply…

In the end, Bohemian Rhapsody is a fun movie. The music is great and everything else, while maybe not special, isn’t bad, it’s just…expected, something we could rarely if ever say about Queen or Freddie Mercury.