Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

(2018)

Rami Malek delivers an Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury in this Best Picture-winning biopic of Queen. Penned by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything).... More

Bohemian Rhapsody's long gestation, since 2010, has seen the departure of Sacha Baron Cohen as Mercury (later called an "arse" by Queen guitarist Brian May) and director Bryan Singer from part of the shoot in controversial circumstances.Hide

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Freddie Mercury’s amazing voice and showmanship lifted Brit band Queen above pretentious pomp-rock, as with Rami Malek’s bravura central performance here as the larger-than-life lead singer with operatic aspirations, a defiantly sexual persona with rock god egomania turned way up to eleven.... More

Framed by Queen’s triumphant 1985 Live Aid set, cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel lends proceedings a spectacular, widescreen aesthetic (especially during concert scenes). Bryan Singer (reinstated on the credits as director) and Kiwi screenwriter Anthony McCarten shy away from outrageously exaggerated operatic highs and tragic lows in favour of a glittery rags-to-riches tale, following Farrokh Bulsara (born of Parsi descent on Zanzibar) from London airport baggage-handler through to changing his name, and finding fame as Freddie Mercury.

Lucy Boynton, as love of Freddie’s life Mary Austin, allows for a boy-meets-girl, boy-discovers-he’s-gay friendship arc, and there’s a glorious cameo (and deft Wayne’s World nod) by Mike Myers as a cynical EMI executive. That Queen guitarist Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee), drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and manager Jim “Miami” Beach (Tom Hollander) are producers probably accounts for a script attempting to focus on Freddie whilst repeatedly mentioning the rest of the band’s contributions, with just enough creative process and ugly reality to lend it an authentic feel.

The band struggle, argue, Freddie parties to excess, and whilst his homosexuality, drug abuse, and HIV aren’t ignored, the timeline is rejigged in service of a linear narrative and neatly upbeat resolution. But this isn’t a documentary, rather reality reimagined as a highly entertaining, bombastic fairy tale. Bold, brash and so brim-full full of songs as to sometimes feel like a greatest hits video interspersed with dramatic scenes, like the band it’s a rockin’ good ride powered by a stand-out lead performance.Hide


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Caught me by surprise, not my usual preference, but I was captivated! The cast were amazing; Rami Malek captured the loneliness always just beneath the surface. The songs were simply the best! A must-see people.


Watching this in a cinema is the closest some of us will get to the real Live Aid. To watch Malek's extraordinary performance on anything other than a huge screen wouldn't do this film justice. BR just gets better with repeat viewings and will instill a newfound love for Queen songs - leaving cinema-goers firing up Spotify as credits roll.


a moving portrayal of how freddie and queen reached for the stars .


Feel like your part of a stadium stomping your feet to "We Will Rock You". Rami Malek morphs into the enigma that is Freddy Mercury. Dive into his heritage that was never in the spotlight. His parents offer valuable insights into why Farrokh became Freddy. If you sit back and give in, this film will take you on a journey.


First half is epic! Then it drags a bit but the finish is good. Lacks a bit of explaining what is happening and no clear timeline so unless you know the story and history well you may get a bit lost here and there. Music of course is what saves this movie.


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The Press Reviews

  • ...it is not necessary to like Queen's music in order to find this film watchable and mildly enjoyable. Full Review

  • Appropriately for a group known for its theatrical, crowd-pleasing tunes, this biopic carries itself lightly, serving up familiar plot points with panache and a sense of humour. Full Review

  • Bohemian Rhapsody, an eight-year abomination in the making...cannot claim to have achieved even wiki-movie status. Full Review

  • The film has a secret weapon: Rami Malek. As Mercury he is spectacular. Full Review

  • A bolder film might have explored the relationship between Mercury's hedonism, his mostly closeted sexuality and his on and off-stage personas in a more nuanced way. Full Review

  • Someday another feature about Queen might go deeper. Full Review

  • With a performance as commanding as Rami Malek's at its centre, why isn't Bohemian Rhapsody a better movie? Full Review

  • The energy of Malek's imitation helps to bind what amounts to a series of gossipy but harmless rock-world anecdotes into something vaguely coherent. Full Review

  • If you're after a stirring account of Queen's musical life, then this one is for you. However, if you're after an authentic retelling of Mercury's off-stage life, you'll be let down. Full Review

  • Rami Malek is convincing enough under pressure to play Mercury well, and as the Hollywood version of the story of Queen, I enjoy it quite a bit. Full Review

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