The (nearly) true life story of Freddie Mercury and Queen.
$50 – $55 million
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid.
Lets be honest, with Queen’s back catalogue of music, you’d have to be a blithering idiot to mess up this biography of arguably, the greatest front man to ever take the stage.
The casting of the group is perfect and you have to admire how much work Rami Malek put in getting Freddie Mercury’s movements and mannerisms spot on.
This film manages to capture the true spirit of the simpler, and dare I say it, happier days of the 70s and 80s and you will find yourself belting out Queen songs on your Alexa for days after. Poor old Alexa, she’s probably sick to her digital teeth of people giving it “Alexa, play music by Queen”. In fact, she’s probably sitting there thinking “Human, please get stuffed and ask me to play something else.”
Anyway, what I particularly loved about this film was in our society where ‘we’ seem to be obsessed with people’s sexual preference and tales of their debauchery, Bryan Singer rightfully chose to concentrate on the life and music of Freddie Mercury and Queen and leave all his pervy antics well away from this movie. Bravo sir, bravo.
Apart from Brian May’s poxy hair, I was really put off by Rami’s blue eyes. Considering the lengths they went to to get everything looking as close to real life as possible, it drove me mad that Rami didn’t wear brown contact lenses. If they did this, his Freddie Mercury performance would have been practically perfect.
SCORE : 8/10
Even though this film was excellent, I’ve recently found out that a lot of the real life facts were hugely distorted by Hollywood. I don’t mind some make believe but the things they changed seemed stupid and unnecessary. That’s why it’s a 8 and not a 10.
What do the others say?
Don’t just take my word for it, have a look to see what the big players like Rotten Tomatoes (RT), IMBD and Meteoritic are saying. You can also see how perfectly the film got the Live Aid performance right with the side by side comparison video – incredible… except for the colour of Freddie’s eyes!
Oh, and just for shits and giggles, here’s the Freddie Mercury vs Kanye West rendition someone put together. This was made after Kanye’s piss poor interpretation of the classic Queen song at Glastonbury, enjoy!
MARKS OUT OF 10
MARKS OUT OF 100