Bohemian Rhapsody

D and I caught Bohemian Rhapsody a few days ago.

It’s been a long time since I last set foot in a cinema, not so much because I don’t particularly enjoy movies but more because I don’t think most movies are worth 1,800 yen, which is the standard price for a regular movie ticket here.

Because of the price of watching movies here, I’ve probably watched no more than 10 movies in the last 8.5 years of my time here. I might even be able to list them out below (in no particular order):

  1. 告白
  2. 悪人
  3. 君の名は
  4. アズミ・ハルコは行方不明
  5. ちはやふる
  6. Dark Shadows
  7. Inside Out
  8. Gravity
  9. La La Land
  10. We Are X
  11. Bohemian Rhapsody

Ok, I lied. I’ve seen more than 10, though the fact is the actual numbers are much more. Because I know I definitely return to Singapore once or twice a year, I’ve settled for watching films inflight instead of at the theatres. Why not since I’m already paying so much for the ticket, every film caught on board the flight is kinda like a 1,800 yen discount off my flight ticket. And for the standard 7-hour flight to and fro, I can watch a max of 6 movies in total officially giving me a 10,800 yen (or SGD$130) discount. Great deal, isn’t it?

Although the truth is, I can’t watch 6 movies both ways. The most I can do is probably 3 as I am unable to binge on movies, but that is still over 5,000 yen off. I digress.

I find Bohemian Rhapsody a very well done movie. The pace is good, it doesn’t feel like a drag, and it’s a based on true story movie which I love. We were so impressed by the show that we started googling and “youtubing” (if this is a word) Queen videos and found out that a lot of what really happened with Queen was altered in the movie. Nevertheless, it was so good, after the show, I told D I wouldn’t mind watching it again and she suggested I go catch it at the IMAX theatre for better experience but I said no.

I wouldn’t mind watching it again (inflight maybe) but I don’t think I want to pay another 1,800 yen for the show. What more IMAX is another 500 yen more making it 2,300 yen (or $28).

As we read and learned about how great and charismatic a musician Freddie Mercury was, there were also a lot of dark stories to his life, believed to have influenced his songs and the background behind their hit song Bohemian Rhapsody. Because we were reading so much and listening to the song so much, D had a terrible nightmare in the middle of the night and started crying.

And we’ve stopped playing Queen’s songs since. Lol…

It’s still a great movie nonetheless. Just don’t be overzealous like us and you should be fine.

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