Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
While most of the parts are known to many people but Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan surely pack in certain surprise elements for us. The cockiness of Freddy is magnificently depicted on-screen with the help of some hilarious dialogues. One major flaw of the film is its connect – the first half rushes into few things which fail to create the kind of attachment you expect to have with the band members.
I know the movie is about Freddy but somewhere I felt there was a lot of meat to include regarding the band members. Also, the transition from nothing to everything was partially smooth – I am not sure about was it the same in real life so I’m no one to nitpick this point. There’s a dialogue, “It ruins the mystery if everything’s explained” and that goes very well with the script, some things remains unexplained, that’s the beauty of the film. There are still goosebumps left in me from the epic finale and they will always be there whenever the name Queen will pop up anywhere around me.
Rami Malek, at first was looking a superficial version of Freddie but once he started adapting his idiosyncrasies, you’ll start believing there could’ve been no one better than him. Nailing every pose, lip-syncing the songs as he’s singing them, feeling what that man has gone through and emoting that pain – Rami has lived Freddie more than acting it.
When it comes to looking like the band members of Queen, Gwilym Lee as Brian May easily takes the cake. Playing the lead guitarist of Queen, Gwilym has looked unbelievably similar to the original. Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Freddie’s girlfriend, plays an integral role in shaping his life. The whole “I’m a bisexual – No you’re gay” angle had the depth but somewhere remains half baked because of a rushed script.
Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor (Drummer) and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon (Bass Guitarist) perfectly fit in their role and have delivered a good performance. Our very own Lord Baelish (Game Of Thrones) Aidan Gillen as John Reid (Queen’s manager) is notable but could’ve got better lines.
Credited director, Bryan Singer (who was replaced by Dexter Fletcher late in the production) has come a long way from The Usual Suspects and X-Men series. He hasn’t been credited because of the sexual-misconduct controversy but he was there for the 85% of the film. There are shades of Dexter Fletcher too which are clearly visible. A superbly directed film lacking at some points at the script level.
Music has to be good for one obvious reason & we all know that by now. Changing the intro music of 20th Century Fox hints at we’re in for something very special. Words aren’t enough to describe what Queen’s music means to us & hence I’ll leave you all to get surprised…yet again with each of their song.
All said and done, Bohemian Rhapsody for some people it will be an emotional orgasm while for those who haven’t been their fans will become one after watching the film. Many people were asking for a time machine to go to the past and attend Queen’s concert once – this film is that machine guys. Go for it.
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