Bohemian Rhapsody Review (Opens October 31)
Thefanboyseo.com offers up a Bohemian Rhapsody review for music fans, movie fans and Queen fans. The film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and is directed by Bryan Singer (unofficially by Dexter Fletcher). The film is distributed in the Philippines by 20th Century Fox Philippines.
Here we are now with the Bohemian Rhapsody review. I’ve been dying to see this movie and while it took awhile for me to get my thoughts down in writing, I have a clear idea on what to point out in the movie.
First of all, this is a biopic so everything we may or may not know about the band and the man that was Freddie Mercury may have some bias. It’s not the complete picture but this film is a beautiful tapestry nonetheless.
Rami Malek as the charismatic Freddie is one to behold. It’s actually something that you need to see for yourself in the big screen. No self-respecting Queen fan would pass up the opportunity to see this icon. The actor definitely disappears in some scenes and he actually becomes Mercury. Props too to the makeup department for the film for making the actor look exactly like the frontman. But thats not all. His actual performance is so good that by the time the last 20 minutes of the film rolls in, you’re already convinced that this was Freddie risen from the grave. Malek’s dramatic chops also gets the spotlight here although the way the screenplay was written, he could have pushed the envelope further.
And we’re not even talking about his singing in the movie.
As a movie, Bohemian Rhapsody has a ton of great moments but had problems with pacing and plot. The film also managed to get away with musical montages, something that wouldn’t have gotten away easily with other films or other biopics. Good thing this is Queen we’re talking about.
The other casts all did great to flesh out the members of Queen. Ben Hardy (Angel from X-Men Apocalypse) had his moments as drummer Roger Taylor. Joseph Mazzello (Tim in Jurassic Park) is bassist John Deacon; loved the stoic moments he provides especially in that scene where they piece together “Another One Bites the Dust” and finally Gwilym Lee had a great sense of ownership in his role as Brian May.
Oh and without doing a Google search, try to look for “Wayne’s World” star Mike Myers in this film.
I had some reservations regarding the parts of Mercury that people are interested in, namely his personal life. I had heard rumors that the movie would tiptoe around the homosexual element and focus on the heterosexual relationship between Mercury and Mary Austen. But they didn’t shy on that. They did trim it down for the sake of the film’s already whooping run time.
I love the final moments of the movie too, with the awesome recreation of Queen’s performance at Live Aid. That was a spectacle and that was something that’s worth the ticket price alone.
Bohemian Rhapsody Review – The Verdict
You need to see the movie, lower your expectation and have fun with the music and the nostalgia.
Special thanks to 20th Century Fox Philippines for the invitation to the press screening!