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Bohemian Rhapsody won the Oscar for Best Editing… but it has terrible editing.

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63 thoughts on “Watch Now Argentina vs Iceland Bohemian Rhapsody’s Terrible Editing – A Breakdown”

  1. Oh my God your cut of that scene just… it just clicks. What the hell is The Academy doing? Do they have such lack of respect for the art of editing?

  2. A high pace cutting in a love pace scene is not necessary an issue. A 2 second cutting pace is not really a problem in for instance television.

  3. I would given a shot from Freddy as he passes by him. Then a shot of freddy with a slow reverse dolly to reveal the other members of the band also reacting. ( spilebergs face… slightly open mouths. ) Then the shot of the who band with him in the middle . As he says “So this is quin?”… yada yada yada

  4. A friend of mien said this was a TV movie with a bigger production budget. And yeah, that’s exactly what it feels like.
    It’s almost as if the Oscars are full of hacks and ethically compromised members who have been lobbied to vote a certain way and are not based in merit.

  5. Very interesting video. Not sure I fully agree with everything, but editing is very subjective and you make some great points.

  6. While I do agree it didn’t deserve the Oscar for editing… I don’t know that the cafe scene didn’t work with a quicker pace… You are kind of taking the scene out of context. In this scene all the hopes and dreams of queen is coming true. They are meeting with a huge industry insider and are being given one of the biggest opportunities of their lives, but not only that the editing seems to reflect the eccentric mind and emotions of Freddy. Like he is the one driving the editing and pacing with his nervous over confidence.

  7. I’ve seen 12 second of this movie and noticed a lot of these things. Unwatchable really. Maybe I’m just old.

  8. The ‘Best Editing’ Oscar is a complete joke. It’s not even remotely possible to know who has done the best job editing unless you actually watch the dailies, including every take that was left on the cutting room floor.

  9. 1) I saw this in the theatre.
    2) I really liked it.
    3) I never thought about any editing issues.
    4) I had no idea it won an Oscar for best editing.
    5) I recently pre-ordered a blu-ray of it online, and am now waiting for it to be delivered.
    6) I just decided to watch this video (which was really interesting).
    7) I just know that when watching that Bohemian Rhapsody blu-ray I ordered it will now be 100% impossible for me to not be bugged out of my skull about the editing!
    -So thanks for that! 😉

  10. Now that this videos trending I sincerely hope those same Oscar winning editors respond, just for the sake of perspective

  11. I remember watching this film for the first time in the theatre and I was astonished because it had good shots and hearing queen music was awesome. At the time I said it was the “La La Land” of 2018 because it was stylish.
    Then I watched it again and yea, I can see why isn’t wasn’t nominated for best cinematography.

  12. This is incredible! I still want to watch the movie, but how the hell did they win an Oscar for editing when you’ve clearly pointed out many, many, many mistakes. Great job!

  13. Sacha Baron Cohen would have made this movie a lot better. Shame the remaining band members want to manufacture the memory of Queen instead of making an actual Freddy biopic, which is what everyone actually wanted. May as well have been a Disney film. Boring

  14. I would say the scenes were planned poorly and/or for different story than they finished with. Also the band had too much of a hand in controlling this project. Kind of a sloppy mess across the board. The academy awards are utter shite.

  15. What pedantic unimaginative bullshit. I agree with nothing in this “critique.” And its “I know best” attitude makes me want to barf. I didn’t like this film but watching it I sensed nothing “wrong” with the editing. As an editor myself I saw motivation for each one of the “horrible” cuts. It was quite cutty but it worked for me.

  16. This is probably the most hipster and snobby comment I’ll ever post, so here it goes. This movie is so obviously made for the Netflix crowd. The kind of people who want entertainment but who don’t have a personal taste or an interest in creative storytelling. This movie is for the people who just want an interesting band movie and don’t care for the facts or who have anything but a mild interest in Queen and Freddie Mercury. Hopefully that somehow wasn’t the audience they had in mind, but to me the whole idea and product seems cynical. If it weren’t for Rami Malek, who would even care for this movie? And it’s not like such a talented actor needs this film or its accolades. The guy’s worked with PTA, he’ll be fine and hopefully have a prosperous career. As for the movie and its band’s legacy, it just looks like a cash grab. But thanks to its award season presence I will forever know Brian May as the British old man with funny hair. So if I’m making a point, I guess I’m saying I doubt anyone really put a lot of thought into this movie and its quality anyway. It’s the closest thing they can have to a farewell tour. Rest in peace Freddie Mercury. But to everyone else involved with this movie (except Rami) can fuck off and please stop wasting your artistic opportunities on things that come and go like this. You all know you can do better!

  17. The editor John Ottman is a longtime collaborator with Bryan Singer, going all the way back to _Public Access_ (1993), _The Usual Suspects_ (1995) and _Apt Pupil_ (1998) where he is credited with both “Music by” and “Editing by” roles on these Singer films, including _Bohemian Rhapsody_ . Unless the Academy gave Ottman the award as a ‘consolation prize’ for the firing of friend Bryan Singer late during the Bohemian shoot, I can’t understand how Ottman won the Oscar, his first and only to date. Barry Alexander Brown, for one, Spike Lee’s British editor since _School Daze_ (1988), was far more deserving of the Oscar for his cutting on _BlacKkKlansman_ . The Academy is one strange beast . . .

  18. I don’t know much about editing but I know that I can’t type the sound of my laughing for 5 minutes which is what I did after I watched this video and realized that a guy with a You Tube channel thinks he knows more than the guy WHO WON THE OSCAR FOR BEST EDITING.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … see what I mean … just like your video …. it doesn’t work.

  19. In the ‘we will rock you’ rehearsal scene trailer there is an extra clap when no one is clapping. Thought that was quite obvious

  20. The big problem this movie faced, in both editing and overall story telling, was Queen. The surviving band members. They didn’t really want this to be a bio-pic about Freddie Mercury, but about the band, all of them. They each required near equal face time to Freddie, which necessitated the god awful editing constantly jumping to unnecessary reaction shots, just so the other band members would get their face time. Depressingly petty.

  21. Something you didn’t consider: Reshoots where they couldn’t get all the actors together at the same time. Happens all the time.

  22. Here’s the thing: Though the nominees are selected by the corresponding film branch, the awards at large are voted by the entirety of the Academy. Most people voted for the Live Aid scene, simple and sad as that.

  23. One thing I find really jarring every time I watch this scene is just how we never see anyone actually delivering their lines. We’re constantly just catching the very end of their sentence while lingering on these unnecessary reaction shots, and that just amplifies the hyperactive pace. Great vid as always Thomas!

  24. Nah I definitely thought it had the best editing . You’re looking too into the non perfect scenes . The best edited scenes are just the best of the best and I thought the editing deffinitely made it amazing

  25. Freddie’s life was so much more interesting and richer than the movie. Still this was an entertaining movie that people liked.

  26. I’m just watching this video because it looks interesting even though I don’t know what in the world this guy is talking about half of the time

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