Bohemian Rhapsody (Movie Review)

Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | November 6th, 2018

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Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Lucy Boynton (Sing Street), Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Aidan Gillen. Bohemian Rhapsody is the epic biopic of one musics greatest frontmen who became a legend with his on stage persona and dazzling vocals. This is the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Right from the start, we can see that the film has a style to it, cinematically and technically with how it’s filmed and edited which gives the movie its sense of time from each milestone moment in Freddie’s life. As time went on the saturation became less and less and the brightness went up a bit up until the Live AID performance. Looking at the film from a technical standpoint it’s beautifully shot and every scene is set up precisely. Add the incredible sound from Queen and the film feels like your run of the mill biopic which isn’t all bad. These sort of films depending on the subject matter is more of the performance than the actual story that most people already know. Rami Malek gives one of his best performances as he transforms into the legendary Freddie Mercury. Every nuance and tick is so precise and close to matching Freddie’s that Malek not only embodies Mercury but adds his own flare to the role.

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The performance from Rami Malek is only spotlighted even more by his surrounding cast, Lucy Boynton as Mary gives the best supporting performance making Malek’s interpretation of Mercury seem like a god or some type of presence that is compelling. The three men cast as Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon added to that mystique and even humanizing the character of Freddie Mercury as they became a family throughout the course of the film. Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, and Joseph Mazzello played the necessary anchors to Rami’s Freddie Mercury which added humor and heart to the film and the characters, especially in the scenes where they were in the studio creating music which is probably where each of them were in their element. Overall, the film is a by the numbers biopic but because of Queen’s music and all the performances in the film there is an added energy that has you tapping your feet in the theater and at times, you want to stomp and clap to “We Will Rock You” when it comes on. Malek brings Freddie back to life in his chameleon performance.

The Grade

B-