Bohemian Rhapsody is an enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Following Queen’s meteoric rise, their revolutionary sound and Freddie’s solo career, the film also chronicles the band’s reunion, and one of the greatest performances in rock history.
The movie takes a lot of cinematic liberties with the truth and the timeline is changed completely for dramatic effect. There are many things which differ from facts like the formation of the band or John Deacon not being the original bassist.
The movie makes a big deal of Freddie splitting off from the band to work on a solo album whereas in fact all the other band members had released solo albums before him and Freddie was the last. The band never really split up and Freddie wasn’t diagnosed of AIDS before the Live Aid performance.
If one ignores all this and watches the movie as something fictional its an entertaining biopic of a music band. The movie has almost all the greatest hits of Queen which makes it worth a watch. The Live Aid event is the highlight of the movie.
Rami Malek was excellent as Freddie Mercury and has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Even with the prosthetic teeth, he still looked a little different from Freddie Mercury. Freddie seemed taller and his face and physique were a little bigger whereas Rami seemed skinny. Lucy Boynton was pretty and was good as Mary Austin, Freddie’s girlfriend. Gwilym Lee was very good as Brian May, Queen’s lead guitarist. Ben Hardy was very good as Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer. Joe Mazzello was good as John Deacon, Queen’s bass guitarist. Allen Leech was good as Paul, Freddie’s personal manager and lover. Aidan Gillen was good as John Reid, Queen’s manager. Tom Hollander was good as Jim “Miami” Beach, Queen’s lawyer turned manager. Mike Myers was ok as Ray Foster, an EMI executive. Aaron McCusker was good as Jim Hutton, Fredie’s boyfriend. Meneka Das was good as Freddie’s mother. Ace Bhatti was good as Freddie’s father. Priya Blackburn looked pretty and was ok as Freddie’s sister. The rest of the cast was decent.
The movie has been nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Screenplay by Anthony McCarten and Story by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan is good if one can forgive all the cinematic liberties. Direction by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher who replaced him after a part of the shoot is good. The movie is a entertaining musical biopic. Fans of the band Queen will definitely love it just for the music.