I’m a sucker for musical biopics and a giant fan of Queen (who isn’t?).
So, when I found out that a film about the life and career of Freddie Mercury was coming out, I was elated. I watched the trailer about a million times and made plans to see it during winter break.
Starting off, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury is incredible. His physical transformation is almost uncanny as he is almost unrecognizable. The teeth, Mercury’s most iconic facial feature, aren’t overdone or obnoxious. Tthe way he moves on and off stage and his accent are all extremely well calculated. I believe an Oscar nomination may be in the works for Malek.
I also just have to say, Gwilym Lee, who plays lead guitarist Brian May, is almost a carbon copy of May himself. (Seriously, look it up.) The resemblance is so jarring that I had to use Google to make sure the two weren’t related somehow.
While there are some discrepancies with the timing of events in their careers (for example, “We Will Rock You” was written much before it shows in the film, and Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS long after the Live Aid concert, contrary to what the movie shows), “Bohemian Rhapsody” does a good job giving the audience a glimpse of what the rise and reign of Queen looked like. And the response from die-hard Queen fans has been generally positive.
I’ve always said that if I could go back in time, I would go see Queen at Live Aid in 1985. The scene from this film is as close as I will probably get, and it didn’t disappoint. The almost 20-minute scene makes you feel as though you are there, which is why seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody” in theaters is a must. The cinematography, performances by the actors and sound mixing are all works of art.
I recommend everyone see this movie, especially fans of the band. I was entertained, moved and left feeling satisfied with how “Bohemian Rhapsody” portrayed Queen.