I saw this one a while back, and figured I should finally get to the review.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic that focuses on the band Queen, or more specifically their frontman Freddie Mercury. It follows the group from their formation to their famous performance at the LiveAid Concert in 1985.
I’ll get right to what most people seem to agree is the best part of the movie, and that’s Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury. He’s not only the standout of the movie, he’s also stands out against most performances this year. And while he does a great job of portraying Mercury in the quieter and more emotional moments dealing with his personal life, Malek really shines when on stage. He nails every beat, every movement, and every quirk of Freddie in those moments. It’s like seeing a man long passed come back to life. While the movie itself doesn’t live up to Malek’s performance, it still is entertaining. It’s fascinating to see how the band came up with all the songs and the things they did to experiment with the music. I also couldn’t help but tap my foot to the on screen concerts portrayed on screen, despite not being the biggest Queen fan. The LiveAid performance recreated in the movie is easily one of the best things I’ve seen in a movie this year.
Besides Malek’s performance, the movie suffers from being very surface level entertainment. It’s a by the number biopic and you’ve seen most of it in any other movie in the genre. It also suffers from some over the top performances from side characters, as well as taking a pretty good dip in the middle of the movie. It begins to feel drawn out and meandering. The movie is either 15 minutes too long, or some of that time needed to be better distributed in developing characters and relationships that come about suddenly without any real explanation.
Despite being mainly surface level entertainment, it is some great surface level entertainment. I had a blast watching this movie and I think most people will too, especially those familiar with Queen’s music.
Bohemian Rhapsody gets a Positive ROP.
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