As I flew out of Australia on a holiday to prepare for the Christmas rush, it got me thinking about the year in film.
One trend that has made me very happy has been the return of the musical. There has been The Greatest Showman, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
Not all are traditional musicals, but all have been huge hits with music at their heart. Having never been a fan of the first Mamma Mia movie, I decided to re-watch it on the flight, and afterwards I still felt the same about.
It is over-acted, over-excitable and the choreography is pathetic, particularly those boys wearing flippers on their feet while dancing down the jetty.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is the much better movie for me, but I did not notice one glaring mistake during the first film when Meryl Streep referred to her mother as being in heaven.
With some rewritten history, it’s now Meryl who has fallen off the twig while Cher turns up looking ageless.
Cher, it appears, is going to live forever so someone give her another musical!
Queen film brings audience to tears
Early in the month, I watched as audiences were visibly moved and highly emotional while exiting a screening of Bohemian Rhapsody at the South West Roxy.
I even saw one old man trying to hold it together as a single tear dropped from his eye onto his shirt. But according to many critics, this is just an “average” and “clichéd” biopic worthy of only 2 out of 5 stars.
How wrong they are … yet again.
From the moment the trailer was released, I knew the film would be a hit because of the vast number of people asking when it would begin.
There are clearly a lot of Queen fans still around but I also think that many are shocked at how this movie sneaks up on them.
As this film moves into its final act, with a stunning recreation of Queen’s incredible Live Aid performance, you will have a lump in your throat so keep the tissues handy.
By the end of the movie, everybody is mourning the loss of an incredible performer, a talented artist and a beautiful man.
Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most powerful movies of the year.
- Andrew Mercado is a film and entertainment critic and owner of South West Roxy Cinema. For all movie times go to swroxycinema.com.au or call 6566 5811.