Film Review: Bohemain Rhapsody

In August, I called Adrift my “movie of the year (thus far)”. I can now say with confidence that Bohemian Rhapsody is my favourite film of 2018.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury
Image credit: imdb.com

Being a huge Queen fan, I waited for the release of this film with bated breath. Last Tuesday, I finally got to see it and it was definitely worth the wait.

Roger, there’s only room in this band for one hysterical queen.

The story
We get to experience the beginning, the highs and the lows of Queen, the legendary band loved by all ages and race groups up to this very day. Freddie Mercury’s personal story comes under the spotlight and adds to the emotional side of the account. We get to see his love for girlfriend-turned-best-friend Mary (Lucy Boynton); his strained relationship with his father; discovering that he has AIDS; how his life unravels and ultimately, becoming Freddie Mercury.

The review
Rami Malek‘s portrayal as the late Freddie Mercury was outstanding. From dance moves to mannerisms to stage presence in the finest of details – he got it down to a tee. It’s no wonder that Malek, and the film on the whole, have already been nominated for numerous awards.

The dialogue was witty and entertaining (such as Freddie playing the Bohemian Rhapsody intro on the piano and asking Mary if she thinks it has potential), and had me laughing out loud throughout the movie. It was not all belly laughs, though, as the more sombre scenes felt very real. Like when Freddie admits to his fiancée that he’s gay.

Malek’s (or Freddie’s, that is) outfits was another highlight – I couldn’t wait to see what he would showcase from scene to scene. One outfit was more impressive than the next – from a leather jacket in white, to an elaborate crown and a tight blue jeans and white vest combination in the last scene at Live Aid in 1985. Malek wore them well, with true Freddie Mercury glam. Kudos to designer Julian Day and his team for getting it just right.

Overall
This movie received quite a lot of criticism. For me, it was a glimpse into the superstar’s life topped with a fantastic Queen concert. The film’s energy was electric, so much so that I did not even notice that it was more than two hours long. Watch Bohemian Rhapsody if you’re a fan and/or in search of some serious entertainment.

If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to see the trailer.

[10/10]

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