Bohemian Rhapsody's Terrible Editing - A Breakdown

  • Published on: 14 March 2019
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    Bohemian Rhapsody won the Oscar for Best Editing... but it has terrible editing.

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  • Pipsta
    Pipsta   11 hours ago

    Apart from this scene I really liked the first 70s tour montage especially the shot that goes through the bus and transitions into a concert scene. It wasn't that bad. This scene was bad because although in the contract there should have been the same screen time for all members of the band you could see that the director had told the camera operators to focus mainly on Freddie and Brian. That's why in a lot of scenes Roger and Deaky were together so they could make up for the screen time for those 2 characters.

  • Jason Mckinnon
    Jason Mckinnon   1 days ago

    8:41 he says "by the way of" - but should be "in the way of" -used to indicate the type of thing that is being described, thought of, etc.If we're gonna be pedantic and scrutinize the minutae, might as well go all in. 💪

  • Laura Jones
    Laura Jones   3 days ago

    Too bad First Man and Searching aren't nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Editing because those movies have some of the best film editing of last year. Any one of those movies would be a better choice to win in this category imo.

  • BlueFox94
    BlueFox94   4 days ago

    A strong part of me believes that the professional film editing community championed Bohemian Rhapsody out of a certain spite.

  • BiopicLover7418
    BiopicLover7418   6 days ago

    The bad editing is one of the reasons why I turned off the film on my TV. I was losing interest quickly and I had only watched 1hour and 25minutes of it! Never went back to watch the rest.

  • Chris Sche
    Chris Sche   6 days ago

    Love Queen. Didn’t care for this movie. I felt it could have been better in a lot of ways. Especially the choice of Freddy. The other casting was perfect though. And yeah the story was too fast and didn’t have a specific vision other than a movie about Queen with Freddy Mercury. People that don’t understand film have a hard time understanding what was bad about the movie.

  • Сова Томпсон

    The editing is so terrible that I can't see angles, movements and sides with characters and visionary views in any sequences. I think Oscars gave it for Studio Recording Scene when the band recorded Bohemian Rhapsody single, but other scenes were edited primitively.

  • Sam Garcia
    Sam Garcia   1 weeks ago

    Brilliant. Now please do a video breaking down the atrocious editing in the Brienne vs the Hound fight in Game of Thrones

  • AllieAndPeach
    AllieAndPeach   1 weeks ago

    Interesting to compare the editing and camera placement in this and Mr Robot with Malek. Mr Robot is so somber, stylistic and interesting, it would be cool to see it translated into a more livlier setting.

  • Ben
    Ben   1 weeks ago

    Ottman won the American Cinema Editor (ACE) Award for 2019, so we are not talking about Oscar voters who might not know the first thing about editing. The ACE is an honourary society of film editors. These people know editing more than novices who’re still in editing school and posting their inexpert opinions on social media. Maybe ACE judged it based on the challenges they knew Ottman had to hurdle, and said “frig it, that guy deserves an award.”Or they could have voted for Ottman purely on the Live Aid sequence, which elevated an otherwise tepid biopic. That was an excellently shot rendition of Queen’s finest performance. Ottman‘s been around a long time and I think his edits in such movies as the X-men series are excellent. He just made the best of a bad situation with Bohemian Rhapsody. The result speaks for itself - almost a billion dollars at the box office. Ottman said he was under a lot of pressure. Singer left, and Fletcher came and added a few scenes and Ottman had to stitch them in seamlessly. He added that the producers were breathing down his neck, something about giving each character equal screen time. (Would we be surprised if May and Taylor stipulated this?) Ottman said that if he could revisit this scene he would. I would challenge all those so called experts to make a hash of a stressful situation where the director’s been fired, a new one adds scenes which has a slightly different tone to the previous, and producers are jumping on your neck. The fact of the matter is, we don’t see where Fletcher took over from where Singer left. It could be that Fletcher managed to stay within the overall tone of the movie. OR, the editor managed to stitch these disparate scenes together such that no one noticed.Nope, no rookie editor can do that. So this knotty Queen-Reed scene is easily forgiven.I’m probably the only one who enjoyed this scene. The fast pace tells me how tense Queen feels that they might be rejected by Reed. Reed’s change in position amused me because it tells me he’s equally excited to meet Queen.

  • Nani Corday
    Nani Corday   1 weeks ago

    The pace of editing is way to quick. It works for the music montage scenes, but that's about it.I always noticed this, but now that you've pointed it out, it makes me dizzy just trying to watch the film again.

  • J. R.
    J. R.   1 weeks ago

    Aspergers in 13 minutes and ten seconds.

  • Jared Kunish
    Jared Kunish   1 weeks ago

    You mentioned that maybe this scene cuts together so poorly because the director didn’t get enough coverage or maybe the blocking needed tweaking, so maybe the academy knew Bryan Singer did a bad job at directing and the editor made do with what crap he had and won the Oscar for it 😂

  • Trey Nelson
    Trey Nelson   1 weeks ago

    ....a lot of dudes playing the band look like females.

  • Henry Negan
    Henry Negan   1 weeks ago

    I see what youre saying but minus all that did you like the movie or was the shots driving you nuts?

  • Browk
    Browk   1 weeks ago

    3:06 "Freddie, you're gay"

  • Zaf Mo
    Zaf Mo   2 weeks ago

    you people still dont get it do you? the jewish elite own the oscars. they give out oscars when they want to humilate the film sometimes. EG - when they put THE MARTIAN as a comedy. Same here...they gave it the oscar for best editing to humiliate the film and its makers. cummon ppl wake up lol. Why do you think they keep giving the oscars to that same black actor in moonshine and the piano guy film, its to humiliate the industry and express the power they have.

  • Travis Bickle
    Travis Bickle   2 weeks ago

    LOL brilliant analysis of the table scene §

  • Nicole Hayes
    Nicole Hayes   2 weeks ago

    I haven’t seen the movie and screamed when Tommy Carcetti showed up

  • futurestoryteller
    futurestoryteller   2 weeks ago

    Lol, sure buddy, you must be a huge fan of Martin Scorsese films.

  • spacedoginnebraska
    spacedoginnebraska   2 weeks ago

    More reasons why I don't think I should see this movie. Thank you.

  • Aug24th
    Aug24th   2 weeks ago

    It's really unbelievable. Even for me as a layman those cuts are so random and buggy. :/ Hollywood ist just so messed up.

  • MGBillionaire
    MGBillionaire   2 weeks ago

    funny how people only use this one scene as an example of bad editing

  • Nate DS
    Nate DS   3 weeks ago

    The only films That come to mind when I think about great editing are Godfather and the master. Neither won best editing.

  • MrDenzi
    MrDenzi   3 weeks ago

    Could you make a video on why Roma deserved an Oscar nomination for editing?

  • ChakraZulu210
    ChakraZulu210   3 weeks ago

    They guy playing Freddie has a real Tony Hinchcliffe vibe

  • bill clay
    bill clay   3 weeks ago

    you speak truth. movie was a disappointment, not just for the way it was shot. Hope the Elton John movie is better.

  • Tyler Eschberger
    Tyler Eschberger   3 weeks ago

    I knew something was off about the film when I first saw it, but I wasn't paying much attention to the technical aspects because the overall tone and storytelling is bland and rote. I was only half paying attention simply for Malek. Then I heard people slamming the bad editing. I didn't think much of it. A friend LOVES the film and wanted to watch with me and some others. I didn't mind because I enjoy the music, but I made a note to pay attention to the editing and holy shit, I couldn't believe it. I've never seen a big budget drama edited like a trashy action flick. This is like the Taken 3 of dramas.

  • Cheybat
    Cheybat   4 weeks ago

    I thought the frantic editing style gave it a dream like quality which is ultimately what they were going for but whatever

  • Blanca Coppen
    Blanca Coppen   4 weeks ago

    Bad movie, very poorly made! I still don't know or understand why everybody liked it! ... You can tell, I'm a hard core fan of Freddie Mercury!

  • Blanca Coppen
    Blanca Coppen   4 weeks ago

    Finally, I found somebody that can see that this is not a good movie!!! I hated it, for me is like an offensive to Freddie Mercury.... Such an amazing singer or maybe the best in a band, oh God, Rami Malek not sweating in the Live Aid Concert, why? Something so simple, they couldn't spray some water on him! Rami Malek, nothing against him, I like him, but not for the role of Freddie Mercury. That mouth, oh Lord! I was so mad! I really lost my respects to the Academy, SAG, Golden Globes! The Oscar belonged to Christian Bale, or maybe Bradley Cooper! Ugh! So mad!

  • Nate DS
    Nate DS   1 months ago

    What do you think should’ve won best editing?

  • noTmiZ
    noTmiZ   1 months ago

    Haven't seen the movie, but that scene certainly was nauseating-jumping around too much. Interesting break down btw! Also, can you do this for The Room as well? Many people know how bad the movie is, but an actual breakdown of why it's bad and how it could have been made better would be good and what makes it such an iconic piece haha

  • Nóra Szőnyi
    Nóra Szőnyi   1 months ago

    The only thing that I liked about the movie are the actors.They did a good job in my opinion.

  • Emma McBride
    Emma McBride   1 months ago

    The concert montage looked like it was edited on iMovie

  • Emma McBride
    Emma McBride   1 months ago

    This man should have edited this movie holy shit

  • Emma McBride
    Emma McBride   1 months ago

    The editing reminded me of one of the vines that keeps awkwardly zooming in on random objects