A few weeks back I stumbled across this documentary on Netflix. It was called ‘The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story’. It was about how the band carried on after the death of Freddie Mercury and how the band came upon finding Adam Lambert. The nice thing about the documentary is it is quick at around 85 minutes, but that is really too short as this is Queen. They have so much history, to cram in, but they don’t need to as the focus is really Queen with Adam Lambert.
They do go in to a little backstory about Freddie and they go in to his death and how things felt over at that point, then they started a come back with the Freddie Mercury Tribute show that saw so many great singers perform. They go in to Paul Rodgers and his stint with the band and then finally they spend their time on Adam Lambert and how he came to be known, hello…American Idol!! and his time with the band.
Now, I saw Queen last year about this time with Adam Lambert and it was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Adam is flamboyant and he has one helluva a vocal range and is probably one of the only ones that could pull off the Queen catalog with any validity. And he did just that. Go check out my Queen Concert Review if you have time.
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I will admit that I hadn’t read the book (yet) and I was apprehensive about watching the movie because the trailer looked like a bad Lifetime Movie. But being it was on Netflix and it wouldn’t cost anymore than I am paying now for the service, I finally broke down and watched it. What did I think? Well, that is the whole point of this review, to let you know what I thought about the movie.
The movie is very graphic. It doesn’t shy away from the drug use or any of the sex…at all!! The opening scene where they are partying doesn’t hold back and pretty much sums up the whole band in 1 minute. When I was a kid, this scene would have been epic, but as a 50 year old male, with two daughters, I now found it disturbing and sad…damn how perspective changes with age and life experiences.
Without having read the book, I can’t speak to how accurate the movie stuck to it, but then again we can’t speak to the accuracy of the book based on how drugged out these guys were all the time. I can speak to the performances overall. The actors portraying the band are as follows:
- Nikki Sixx – Douglas Booth
- Tommy Lee – Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly)
- Mick Mars – Iwan Rheon
- Vince Neil – Daniel Webber
The movie started off too crazy and too outlandish which left me not really caring about these guys a whole lot. As the movie progressed, the acting progressed and the movie actually got better. As far as Razzle’s death (of Hanoi Rocks) by the drunk driving of Vince, I didn’t feel the proper tension build up it needed. It felt flat. But later when Vince lost his little girl to cancer, I felt that. That was way sadder and more believable (plus it could be I have girls and I could relate to how awful that would be to lose one).
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Amazingly, I have a had time to watch a few documentaries I have been wanting to see. First it was ‘Hired Gun’ Review and now it is the Lady Gaga documentary, ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ which I have been wanting to watch since its release in September 2017 on Netflix. The documentary covers the time in Stefani Germanotta’s life (aka Lady Gaga) between the making of her outstanding album ‘Joanne’ and her Super Bowl appearance in 2017.
The style of the video takes a minute to wrap your head around and understand why it is being filmed that way. The style is called Cinéma Vérité which is an observational style of filiming. Click on the name to learn more. Once I got passed the style, I really started enjoying the film. It is an in depth, behind the scenes, look into her life. It doesn’t look like she was too worried about how she came across. You see her happy and smiling, crying, with or without make-up or even clothes at times.
Lady Gaga bares it all and doesn’t hold back anything which really draws you into her world and makes her feel authentic. You start to feel what she is going through and she becomes relatable. The thing I got out of it, being a rock star is not glamorous at all. It is grueling work, it is brutal, it is exhausting, it is painful and it is not a life for the faint of heart.
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