Hello again, blog lovers! It’s been a while! Due to some personal reasons, I haven’t returned to the blogging world for a while or had very much to blog about. BUT! Have I got a review for you! I just saw Bohemian Rhapsody with some good friends and let me tell you, it was an experience!
First of all, the important thing in this move is the music. That was also the thing that brought me the most worry going into this. But it did not disappoint! The music was amazing, about 50/50 recorded Queen tracks over other action to live performances. Something I really appreciated was that, while Rami Malek’s voice was mixed with Freddie Mercury’s, you could tell that, for all the singing bits, he was BELTING. Malek was full singing and giving full force Freddy vibes for every performance (of which there were MANY) in this movie.
Secondly, it would be a crime not to talk about Rami Malek a little more in this review. Some may know him from his Emmy-winning role in Mr. Robot or as the mummy in Night at the Museum (you forgot about that, didn’t you?). Throw everything you know about him out of the window. This man blew my mind with his confidence, his style, and his willingness to completely transform. I genuinely forgot I wasn’t watching a Queen documentary at a few points- he really became Freddie Mercury. It was really magical to watch and I can’t wait to see what he does next in his career.
However, this movie was not perfect. It has gotten some criticism from other reviewers, particularly those in the LGBTQ community, and I understand why. Freddie’s bisexuality is addressed in an odd way in the film. The script seems to take Freddie from straight to gay with no real in between. Even when Freddie himself addresses the fact that he may be bisexual, Mary shuts him down and tells him that he must, instead, be gay. This bothered me. Freddie is known as one of the largest bisexual icons in history and to have it dismissed like that was irksome. However, his personality and his charm with men and women is fully embraced and the character of Freddie does not suffer from this lack of acknowledgement. This was definitely a writing flaw, not a character or acting one.
Overall, I’d give this movie a 9/10. It’s truly amazing to see Freddie and Queen’s story in the span of about 2 hours. If for nothing else, go for the recreation of the Live Aid concert. They perform the FULL set- really playing instruments and Malek performing in the full spirit of one of the world’s greatest frontmen. I can’t wait to see this movie again and look for all new things in everyone’s performance. Between you, me, and the ghostlight, this isn’t just another rock biopic. This is special. Long live Queen, and RIP Freddie Mercury. You’re a legend, Fred- you’re all legends.
Until next time, blog lovers!