Railer review: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody, is a celebration of the british rock band Queen, their music and their lead-singer Freddie Mercury. Mercury became one of the most beloved entertainers of all time, by shattered conventions and defying stereotypes. The film does a great job of showing the highest and the lowest points of the band, and especially Freddie Mercury with his relationship to Mary Austin, exploring his sexuality, and the rise of the band with his amazing voice and eccentric personality.

The PG-13 film directed by Bryan Singer, begins with introducing Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) in 1970 before he met Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy). After a year with the band, Mercury starts to get more exposure which in turn, lets the band to be spotted by manager John Reid. Reid helps them become known by the world with their extremely interesting form of music. The movie comes to a peak 2/3 into the movie when the band goes record their album, A Night at the Oprah. Showing the creation of the titular song Bohemian Rhapsody. Toward the end of the creation of the album, the story starts to stagger with unnecessary plot lines and characters that are extremely flat.

It begins to pick back up when the story starts to dive deeper into Freddies Mercury’s personal life. The best part of the whole movie is Rami Malek’s performance of Freddie Mercury. His breathtaking performance, with so many moments that dive deep into the life and mannerisms of Mercury, expertly delivered by Malek. My prediction is that Rami Malek will win an oscar, or at the very least be nominated for best performance by a lead actor.

The recreation of the famous Queen performance at Live Aid was beautifully shot and performed. It was definitely a great moment which brought the movie together to make the ending really satisfying.

I do love the movie, but that is because I am a fan of Queen. What they did with the representation of Freddie was magnificent. They showed a truly human character with many flaws, but who is extremely compassionate. They showed his fears, which made him feel like a very complex and a very human character instead of many other biopic films, making their main star a god.

This is not to say that this is a perfect movie, there are many times that the movie slows down to a crawl and then skips important storylines making the pacing off. There were many characters that felt extremely flat, and weren’t properly developed, which showed when the filmmakers tried to make you feel emotions for some characters.

I would suggest you go watch this in theaters. You don’t have to rush, but it’s definitely worth experiencing this type of film in theatres and especially if you love Queens music. it’s worth it because it shows a great story of HOW they made their music and the true legend that was Freddie Mercury.

I give this film 3.5/5 stars.