Bohemian Rhapsody's Terrible Editing - A Breakdown
This video essay by Thomas Flight is one of the better examples we’ve seen in a while. The visuals and sound are exceptionally clean and Thomas is able to provide numerous examples supporting his thesis as opposed to just making some nebulous (but erudite sounding) claims about artistry and filmmaking.
It also helps when we agree with the creator’s point of view. Thomas doesn’t seem to feel ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is worthy of the Oscars it received and neither do we (with the lone exception being Rami Malek’s performance). Per our review of the film from December:
It isn't all bad. It isn't even mostly bad. Queen's music and the concert segments are enough to power this biopic through most of our criticisms. Furthermore, Rami Malek did a great job leading this project through to fruition (you can google how much of a disaster Bryan Singer was while directing the film, nearly de-railing it entirely).
So the fact that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ actually won the Oscar for Best Editing makes this all the more egregious, and Thomas does a great job of explaining why: