Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been a massive success across the world since it went on general release late last year.
It’s received plaudits right across the board and has won a cabinet full of awards, including Golden Globes (opens in new tab), BAFTAs (opens in new tab) and a haul of Oscars (opens in new tab), including one for Best Film Editing.
However, the scene where Queen meet manager John Reid for the first time has been called out by film fans because of its choppy camera work, where it flicks quickly between various cast members.
And it turns out that scene isn’t a favourite with editor John Ottman, either.
The Washington Post (opens in new tab) report (via ET Canada (opens in new tab)) that it was shot by director Dexter Fletcher shortly after Bryan Singer was fired from the set (opens in new tab), and due to scenes being shuffled and cut, there wasn’t adequate time to perfect the final shots.
Ottman says: “Whenever I see it, I want to put a bag over my head. Because that’s not my aesthetic. It may still be possible to fix the editing problems in that scene, though.
“If there’s ever an extended version of the film where I can put a couple scenes back, I will recut that scene!”
If you have yet to see the film, which is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K digital (opens in new tab), the scene in question can be watched below.
Meanwhile, last week it was reported that a sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody was “being discussed” by Queen (opens in new tab).
Watch this space.
THIS won Best Editing. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/iNoyLhKto8February 25, 2019