Regrets, he has a few.
While Bohemian Rhapsody was a raging success, one scene has caught the ire of fans and critics alike:
People, actual fucking people, are watching scene after scene like this and are saying “bruuuh! best. movie. of. the. year”?
This is objectively bad. Someone with no idea about editing will notice it. My brain is on fire thinking that this is an OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIE! FUCK! pic.twitter.com/QVDCxe2iaf
— Pramit Chatterjee 🌈 (@pramitheus) January 26, 2019
The bizarre, rapid fire cuts (including one of a chair being pulled out) have been described as disorienting, unsettling and distracting and it turns out the editor John Ottman completely agrees.
Speaking to Washington Post he said:
“Oh, my God! Wow,” Ottman responded. “I didn’t know about that, but I know why that’s out there.”
“It was one of the scenes shot by Fletcher in the post-Singer home stretch.
Fletcher mostly picked up Freddie’s relationship moments, along with the origination of “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” But the storyline also got reordered a bit, and dialogue in the original meeting between the band and manager John Reid no longer made sense.”
Interestingly, the film won Best Editing at the Oscars, with the Academy crediting Ottman for having to stitch together the shots of two different directors.