Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody 👨🏻‍🎤

Stunning and captivating performances—this is an all-round perfectly paced film.

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Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury (left), and Gwilym Lee stars as Brian May (right) in Bohemian Rhapsody. CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

This post for Bohemian Rhapsody is spoiler-free.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018, directed by Bryan Singer and later replaced by Dexter Fletcher) is a biographical film that celebrates the music of Queen and tells the story of the lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). But as to how accurate this biopic is—it’s definitely questionable.

I wasn’t born in the era of Queen’s music, and the only time I’ve been exposed or familiarised with their iconic hits is through television shows—such as Glee—and movies. Heck, I hadn’t even watch Queen’s LIVE AID performance until two weeks before the film’s release. But the nostalgia of the song Bohemian Rhapsody, and the visual representation of how the song was created in the film moved me to tears.

I felt that the film was really well paced and the runtime was just perfect; it wasn’t too long, neither was it too short—the same cannot be said for A Star Is Born (2018), which has been compared to Bohemian Rhapsody, as they are both contenders for the Oscars.

Throughout the film, I was just wondering how accurately did the film reflect Freddie’s life, because there are certain scenes that were there for dramatic effect. The relationship between manager Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) was definitely dramatised a lot, as every film certainly needs a villain. There apparently is also a chunk of Freddie’s life that was excluded in the biopic.

But overall, Bohemian Rhapsody was perfect—at least to me. Malek, like what everyone has already said on the internet, is absolutely great in this film. So was Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, and Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon.

I saw the film in Xtremescreen, which I think has Dolby Atmos sound, and it literally felt like I was part of the live concert experience. The chairs and floors were vibrating, and I could really feel the atmosphere of being a part of a live Queen performance.

Rating: 5/5

 

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