Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
I avoided this film for weeks. Not because I don’t love Freddie or the dad rock anthems of the band Queen but just because I wasn’t feeling it.
Although I love films that make me cry, I don’t like the ones that seem out to get me from the offset (The Theory of Everything for instance). If I feel like I’m being deliberately manipulated emotionally then consider me out. But this movie isn’t like that thankfully and I enjoyed every toe-tapping, arse-wiggling moment.
Rami Malek‘s central performance is honestly exceptional. While it took a moment to get into his rhythm (just me?), before long I believed him completely. The Live Aid performance particularly showcases just how hard he must have worked to nail the perfect Freddie.
Rhapsody follows Freddie as he meets his band mates for the first time, falls in love with Mary (Lucy Boynton), becomes the most famous front man in history and then some. While it touches upon the last years of his life, I was heartened by the fact that this is not the focus. He lead a fabulous life and that’s why we’re all here, am I right?
There have been criticisms about the movie though and I can see why. As Freddie comes to terms with his homosexuality, he enters a world of drugs and debauchery which could be viewed as a negative take on the gay scene. The relentless focus on our leading man is also awkward and takes away a lot of the rest of the band’s contribution to their history. Now I’m not the world’s leading Queen historian but it’s been suggested that some of the timeline is off and that the story is embellished in places for creative license. SHOCKER.
All these things are legitimate criticisms and I respect them, however I got what I wanted from Bohemian Rhapsody. While the rags to riches/pride before a fall narrative is nothing new, it works for me. I got a kick ass Freddie, some genuine laughs and one of the best soundtracks of the year – so colour me happy.
Rami for an Oscar nom this year or I walk.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐