- Origin: 16/25
- Story: 21/25
- Camera/SFX: 19/25
- Performance: 22/25
Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that celebrates the legacy of Queen. It takes you through the story of Freddie Mercury’s life, how the band started, their struggles and what they have achieved. Along the way you experience all their greatest hits, so theres plenty to get excited about.
- Rated: PG-13 (Does include drug content and language)
- Genre: Drama
- Directed by: Bryan Singer
- Written by: Anthony McCarten
- Release date: 2nd November, 2018 (Wide)
- Length: 134 minutes
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
|Rami Malek||Freddie Mercury|
|Lucy Boynton||Mary Austin|
|Ben Hardy||Roger Taylor|
|Gwilym Lee||Brian May|
|Joseph Mazzello||John Deacon|
|Allen Leech||Paul Prenter|
|Aidan Gillen||John Reid|
|Mike Myers||Ray Foster|
|Tom Hollander||Jim Beach|
|Aaron McCusker||Jim Hutton|
The problem I had with the film was to create meaning in scenes, like the Live AID concert, it moved the timeline of Queen’s life around. Firstly, in the film, the band only reunite near the date of Live AID, but in real life they had been together for months now, even years. This meant the band had time to practise and perform.
Also the shows Freddie announcing to his band about his condition right before LIVE AID, however it is said that around 1987 was when Freddie announced it. I admit that the changes did help the emotion of the scene, but a story as precious as Queens needs to be done carefully.I liked the history that the film showed, it did well to give the band a performance it deserved.
For many it will be a trip down memory lane. Finally, Freddie was never the one to go solo first, it was the drummer that went solo and recorded two albums. So the tension between the band wouldn’t be there.
A nostalgic narrative that parents and teenagers alike can enjoy. An emotional ending that left people in tears, but as I have written before it came at a cost. It did well to cover the problems of Freddie’s and the bands life. The film includes their hit songs that create some thrills, but thanks to timeline errors it created some scenes that seemed tamed compared to other scenes. Overall I loved the stories arc, it was fun, energetic and emotional.
I loved the use of the camera in some of the concert scenes; they were very similar to the actual shots taken at those gigs. Small things like that made the film more relatable.
The fun montage of making Queen’s album in the barn was very good, it showed the characters personalities and it helped progress the story to where it needed to be.
Rami Malek was perfect for the role as Freddie Mercury, the actor had transformed himself into the singer giving one of best performances. Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton, was another character that you really felt the struggle she had.Even the 3 other band members, played by Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello, made the most of their scene time, giving a funny and respectful performance.