A Private War, Bohemian Rhapsody and Boy Erased Reviews
Music royalty is going to witness the big screen, this Friday. Bohemian Rhapsody has followed the trails and finally, the tribulations of the band have been shown the bigger screen. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer played by Rami Malek who rose to stardom in bits and pieces. This weekend has been immense for the Hollywood releases as Tiffany Haddish has come to the screen with her comedy, ‘Nobody’s Fool’. Nobody’s Fool has been directed by Tyler Perry and the Disney has hoped to release the adaption of Nutcracker ballet, the classic as well. This film has been titled as Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Other films experienced limited releases including A Private War and the Boy Erased. In the former movie, Lucas Hedges appear along with Russel Crowe and Nicole Kidman. This film is indeed interesting because of Russell Crowe playing the role of a gay man struggling to come in grip with his blooming sexuality. Joel Edgerton has been starred and directed this film where the focus is on Hedge’s character and his experiences at the conversion therapy program, based on the Garrard Conley’s memoir.
A Private War:
A private war has been set up and it is a fact-based story, where Rosamund Pike (Our Gone Girl) is starred as a real-life journalist known as Marie Colvin, who got killed back in 2012. She is shown as a reporter who is curious about Syria in the country’s civil war. Marie Colvin, who has conflicts with Kosovo and Sierra Leone were blinded in an eye back in Sri Lanka. Marie Colvin is reported to die in Syria during the civil war. While Rosamund Pike enhances as Colvin in the Private War, Jamie Dornan plays Paul Conroy as a freelancer who accompanies Colvin to Syria while surviving the attack which has killed her after 9 years.
“Honoring the journalist’s sense of mission but never shying away from the hard living and psychological damage that went with it, A Private War relies on the believability of star Rosamund Pike, who commits to this take on the character even when (director Matthew) Heineman risks pushing off-the-battlefield drama too far,” writes THR’s John DeFore.
Bohemian Rhapsody, is named after the Queen’s six-minute song and the chronicles that cover the professional as well as the personal life of Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the band. Rami Malek plays the Bad Robot Star who plays the vocalist with a high range of voice but with scrutinized relationships. In the film review, Sheri Linden writes that there are many rough edges to the story of Freddie Mercury which has to be smoothened in the telling given that it is highly sugarcoated with debauchery and indulgences. Is it just a fantasy or the actual life? Well, it’s a bit of both. However, she also praises Malek for his performance in one of the final scenes where there’s a high reenactment of the Queen’s benefit concert at the Wembley Stadium, back in 1985. Linden calls this bit as a magnificent thing.
Joel Edgerton starts his sophomore project where he directs the audience into the story of Lucas Hedges, a teenage boy. He attends the conversion therapy at the behest of the parents and Russel Crowe plays the role of his father who is a pastor. Nicole Kidman, on the other hand, is his empathetic mother who understands him a lot. Edgerton plays the role in the film as Victor Skyes, the head of the conversion program known as Love in Action. One of the known critics, Stephen Farber say that this film deserves, a lot of praise not as a polemic film but as a humanistic and emotional drama that sticks in your memory forever.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms:
The Disney film is based on the novel named as ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ which has been published back in 1816. The movie is all released two months before Christmas and it starts Mackenzie Foy as the main lead role. She plays the character of Clara, while Keira Knightley plays the role of Sugar Plum. The cast includes Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Sweet, and Misty Copeland is also know to make a considerable appearance as the Ballerina Princess. She is making her debut as a dancer in the feature film.
THR critic David Rooney compares the film to “mechanized holiday department store windows, stuffed with so many busy elements you can barely take them all in before some obnoxious kid behind you is nudging you to keep the line moving,” adding, “So much attention has been lavished on the sumptuous visuals that the story and characters are suffocated.”
That being said, you can spend this weekend with these amazing movies that not only take you through difference genre but also can make you understand stories.