Bohemian Rhapsody's Terrible Editing - A Breakdown

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John Ottman. Editor of Bohemian Rhapsody Responds: ruvid.net/video/video-qy35ZJcxIg8.html
Bohemian Rhapsody won the Oscar for Best Editing... but it has terrible editing.
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Mar 14, 2019

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Thomas Flight
Thomas Flight Month ago
John Ottman Editor of Bohemian Rhapsody Responds: ruvid.net/video/video-qy35ZJcxIg8.html
Adam Baldwin
Adam Baldwin 17 days ago
@Powderwombat Frankly, I don't give a crap about awards because I've seen way too many bad movies receive them. As to why we're talking about this scene, well it's the subject of the video, that's why.
Powderwombat 17 days ago
​@Adam Baldwin It's one scene out of an entire movie... why is everyone so obsessed with this scene? Why not break down some of the good editing like the Live Aid scene. It's like people who never watched the whole movie think the whole thing has terrible editing based on this one scene that everyone keeps obsessing about. It won best editing which is voted on by professional film editors.
Adam Baldwin
Adam Baldwin Month ago
While I do think Ottman was being genuine in his response and his account of how "the scene" came to be, watching this again just reinforces how bad the editing is, and while it does appear to be shot fairly poorly, you nicely demonstrated how the scene can be improved using the existing footage. Ironically, Ottman claims the need to cut it down as one of the reasons for the terrible editing, and yet in order to make the scene better, you cut it down even further. I'm going to chop this up to tunnel vision on his part, as he was probably staring at this footage for hundreds by the time he was done with this scene. The cinematography is quite bizarre and rather bad, though. The extremely wide shot thrown in the middle, why did they even film that? It's as if you're filming a several minute-long scene that either starts or ends with a wide shot, but the characters in the shot are all doing things mid-scene. I would love to give Ottman the benefit of the doubt, and I do give him credit for taking responsibility for his editing, but there's no way around it, this scene was a major blunder. And while circumstances and studio pressure no doubt made things difficult, isn't that why you get paid to do the job? I think other editors encounter similar situations all the time, and the truly great ones rise above those problems and get the job done. I really don't mean to be judging Ottman, but I think he could have and should have done a better job.
Steven Terry
Steven Terry 5 hours ago
Is it just me or do others feel sick when they're a lot of quick cuts in a scene. Like movie motion sickness
Stuart Lawson Beattie
My God, you are as crass as the movie. You slag the movie off and then you demonstrate issues by using cartoons and other films. What a crock of robotic thunderously boring mono syllabic nonsense, how in hell did you get 49,000 likes? Sheet, that's a shipload of drugs you are on.
Jason Gibson
Jason Gibson Day ago
Buddy. Get a fucking life. Top movie,. I was at the premiere in Wembley and not one single soul had any issue with editing. Loser!
Gabriyel Mastrianna
academy awards are a joke at this point, everybody knows that
67maxfield 2 days ago
No offense to this guy or the matter at hand, or anyone who’s concerned with said matter, but this is thee most pointless video i’ve ever watched on youtube. Like who gives a F. I got an eye for terrible shit, but this wasn’t even on my radar at all. Also not a huge fan of the movie. In fact, what should be criticized is Rami’s Freddie. Watch Fred’s interviews. They melodramatized thee living shit out of em. Thats the worst part of the movie imo
Kyle Campbell
Kyle Campbell 3 days ago
The Oscars are no longer respectable Disney scams the whole thing, the judges don't even watch the movie they are selecting. The whole thing lost its touch.
SuperRicket 3 days ago
rumor has it that all band members had to have equal time on screen. that could be tough to edit.
sammiety 4 days ago
ngl, a lot of the dialogue scenes gave me headaches :')
ThePumpdog99 6 days ago
While the editing may have been a mess, the movie itself was like watching a sped up A&E Biography on Queen. It lightly touched on many, many subjects, but never completely told the story. The actors were great but the writing/script/direction was off. This was an R rated story made into a PG film
Andrewo Mennah ☣
Probably it won best editing just for the Live Aid scene, but it was mostly because of Malek, he did a really good job.
Jovis 7 days ago
yeah I agree editing and transitioning between scenes is bad IMO
Mostafa Ahmed
Mostafa Ahmed 7 days ago
The movie is gre at
Rover Waters
Rover Waters 7 days ago
Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo was written by Brian May
Gamemaster 365 6
Gamemaster 365 6 7 days ago
I really don't see what the big deal is that was a good movie and the editing was the way it should be I believe you can't criticize something that you haven't even done yourself
IndieVisualSophie 11 days ago
Someone told me that sound editing and film editing are similar. If you don’t notice it whilst watching the film, then it’s good.
Pranav Mistry
Pranav Mistry 11 days ago
There are no set rules for a good edit. Rules are a trap and it restricts you. The only thing that matters is sticking to the story and the characters in it. You cannot question an editors decision unless and until you were in that room.
Darkrider6970 4 days ago
This youtuber has no clue what he is talking about but presents with a convincing, authoritative tone. He is mostly criticizing stylistic/artistic choices against his own dogmatic standards. There is a reason why Bohemian Rhapsody won the American Cinema Editor's award (voted on my film editors)...some of the scenes in the movie (production of Bohemian Rhapsody, Live Aid Concert) are actually masterclasses in film editing.
Robert Bracey
Robert Bracey 11 days ago
A little knowledge can be dangerous. Your recut does not work very well at all because it fails to deliver what the original did - the original makes the audience increasingly uncomfortable, especially contrasted with the long tracking shot that opens the scene. An audience not familiar with editing will share the feeling of the band, feeling uncomfortable and off-balance, in fact you get this effect if you watch the scene without sound. Knowing something about editing causes you to think it is 'wrong' because it does not conform to basic guidelines. Whether it deserved an Oscar is hard to tell but there is a clear purpose to the editing of this scene.
Daniel Mims
Daniel Mims 12 days ago
I didn't like this movie at all. I wanting Sacha Baron Cohen and the more truthful movie he wanted to make . Cohen looks alot like Freddie and is British . Malek is really good and did good in the role but what could've been..
Aiden G
Aiden G 12 days ago
Might as well just put the camera on a stick and spin it.
rome8180 13 days ago
Seems to me this scene suffers from a lot of problems. Uninteresting cinematography and uninspired screenplay are just as significant to me as the editing. And those three things are probably interconnected. If a scene doesn't have a clear sense of purpose and tone, I imagine it's hard to edit it.
TheaterPup 13 days ago
Yes, it did win. Deal with it.
Donald James
Donald James 13 days ago
don’t have to specify on editing, the movie is entirely terrible
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This is some Catwoman-level editing. And we all know how that one was received...
phaederkiel 16 days ago
Sorry, but i have to disagree with your recut. I think the original is better. I have not seen the movie,all of what i have seen is what you show here. Yet I feel that the nervousness that shows through the second shot of Brian before the two other men are shown is very well expressed in the shot. Everybody needs to look their best, and he checks on them if they are looking good, which we see even before they are shown. I agree with most of the other things you say. The editing is surely flashy, possibly overly so. The shot of three members without Brian could be rooted in the story, though. On one hand, the scene seems to be filmed somewhat from his angle (commenting on mercurys choice of dress, looking if the other guys look good), on the other hand: I would, not knowing anything about the history of queen, surmise that this character gets thrown out of the band in the movie. These three guys are queen, the take seems to say.
Powderwombat 17 days ago
You are talking about one 90 second scene out of an entire movie. Why not break down some of the good editing like the Live Aid scene or the bathroom sink transition into tv van satellite. It's like people who never watched the whole movie think the whole thing has terrible editing based on this one scene that everyone keeps obsessing about. You're bitching about a 90 second long scene in a movie that's over 2 hours long bro, and claiming "Bohemian Rhapsody has bad editing", meanwhile you describe good editing techniques over footage of Bohemian Rhapsody doing exactly those techniques. What the fuck are you talking about? See the problem isn't really in this analysis, but it's in the presentation such as your stupid video title which is misleading, and idiots who haven't seen the movie or are complete sheep will somehow translate this into thinking the entire movie is this poorly edited. It's not. It won best editing which is voted on by professional film editors who know more about film editing than you do. John Ottman is an oscar winning Hollywood editor and you're a fucking RUvidr.
FonchCakes 19 days ago
This is so hard to watch lmao. I almost can't believe the movie actually looks this way.
I think another issue with the editing of this film is that with the amount of cuts they have, along with the said spatial continuity, it ends up overwhelming the viewers' eyes, and therefore, making them feel tired, dissoriented, and needlessly confused, due to the amount of unnecessary information that's being presented all at once.
Satan Lover13
Satan Lover13 20 days ago
7:22 Your cut is shit the other way is better
Enrique 21 day ago
At the very least the grading is good
Jake Marko
Jake Marko 23 days ago
The Academy responds to lobbying and box office more than quality. Alot like Washington does with donors and special interest.
Elmo Jedburgh
Elmo Jedburgh 23 days ago
This Movie Is The Definition Of BULLSHIT
Mat Dub
Mat Dub 24 days ago
Freddy Mercury was pretty awesome so let's give the movie a lot of awards.
6yu Dalgıç
6yu Dalgıç 25 days ago
Gamefreak974 25 days ago
I think he did this smart. Kept interest. Honestly if this was shot normally it’d probably get boring and I’d get lost in the background.
anna feretzaki
anna feretzaki 29 days ago
Come on you didn't like it!!!! It was amazing
Theo Month ago
Dude such an awesome analysis
The Manhands
The Manhands Month ago
Now that I've seen the original along with John Ottman's response, I think it would be really easy for him to be more defensive. This is direct, candid criticism from a RUvidR (sarcasm) of a professional who is clearly accomplished. But that doesn't make you wrong. Your changes are an improvement, maybe even objectively. I wish he had acknowledged that. Also, his ad hominem about your voice and speaking style was definitely NOT professsional.
Meg ôwô
Meg ôwô Month ago
god the movie was so damn confusing and flip flopping all over the place, fuck it
bargh70 Month ago
I didn't know what I didn't like l about this movie but I had a feeling there was definitely something. Editing. Yep.
ledepi34 Month ago
*People must realize this: Me, as example. I would not mind this movie winning the Oscar if it had only one bad edited scene. I would not mind if it had only two bad scenes either.*
Rosen Bar
Rosen Bar Month ago
This is the most fascinating video I’ve seen in some time. Thank u 4 explaining to the public. (And I loved the movie!)
badluckkennedy Month ago
it doesnt look like freddy mercury, it looks like raimi malek in a wig and false teeth, not to mention the movie was directed by a convicted pedophile
murtadha96 Month ago
Brilliant analysis
I hated the parts where it just showed characters tilting their heads and staring blankly.
Ben Sagal-Morris
Compare this movie’s editing to Goodfellas’ editing, and you’ll see why this editing sucks.
John Bailey
John Bailey Month ago
Thanks brian singer
Max Isola
Max Isola Month ago
I would say that Edgar Wright’s movies are the best examples of having editing that is noticeable, but still great.
Cyberlife Child
Cyberlife Child Month ago
Okay I understand but this is the best movie to be made in my opinion.
ItsBadgerr Month ago
okay, the movie was supposed to be about an important man’s life time, he is a legend, and they have to get the movie in less than a couple hours. They are going to have to cut out a lot of things, they have to get the basics. You people can not be mad about everything that is left out because the band had done a lot during this time. You people need to be grateful that John, Roger, and Brian agreed to do this film. There were A LOT of excellent editing in this movie and you are telling a group of people that this movie has terrible editing, what a shame. And you must not have anything to do in your life if you are going to nitpick their editing mistakes. Did you actually see the Live Aid scene? Did you see the camera angle? Did you see the camera angles and movement throughout the movie? And since you had all the time to nitpick these mistakes J hope you realize that their editing skills mixed the actors voice and the group of the actual band’s voice together. Just wow, ungrateful.
Big Boss Sam
Big Boss Sam Month ago
Disco Deacy you really thought writing out this long paragraph would make the editing any less bad
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