We met up with our good friends, Mick and Jane just after 7.30 and surprisingly for a Friday night, the place was almost deserted – maybe not a good sign given it’s only, a four weeks before Christmas!
Things started well though, with our very personable Server explaining the Specials in great detail and presenting us with a very extensive main menu plus the Christmas equivalent.
Service was swift, but it all went a bit down-hill from there. Mine and Mick’s Starters and Mains were OK, but the girls’ Mains of fish was a tad over-cooked. A bit of a shame, but it didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves! With so many restaurants and eateries on our doorstep, we’re spoiled for choice round here, and therefore I think it’ll be a long while before we visit here again!
We opted for the 2.30 performance in Screen 2 which was about 10% full when the movie rolled.
Was it any good though? Given the haemorrhaging of actors for the title role and a troubled production process, it was a wonder it EVER got made! However, reviews had been very positive and our friends who’ve seen it, sang its praises!
And as it turned out, we were no different. It was an excellent movie with actor, Rami Malek living and breathing Freddie Mercury throughout – at times, the resemblance and mannerisms was almost uncanny! Hats off then, to Malek’s acting ability, and all the cast for making it such a watchable event – it almost felt like a documentary at times (and that’s no bad thing in my book!)
The film left us with a feeling of sadness at a talent that was lost at such a young age. Underneath it all, in spite of his genius, he came across sometimes as just a confused, sad, little boy!
The standout scene for me was the re-creation of Queen’s Live Aid performance – how did they do that!!??
The film had been criticised by many of those ‘in the know’ at glossing over big parts of his life – and especially his sexuality, but I guess there is only so much you can squeeze into a film, and keep the audience interested. We were impressed though and definitely one of our fave-films of the year.