Bohemian Rhapsody came out recently and I finally got a chance to see the Freddie Mercury biopic. The film was mostly directed by Bryan Singer until he was fired and Dexter Fletcher was brought on to finish it. Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury and Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello are also in it.
I adored this movie. My favourite part is definitely the Live Aid concert. I was blown away by pretty much everything in this sequence. The song performances were spectacular and the sound design was some of the best I’ve seen this year. The way they captured the atmosphere of the audience was fantastic. If this movie doesn’t get an Oscar nomination for sound design and sound editing I’m going to be extremely frustrated. This was also shot in a really similar way to the actual Live Aid concert which was great.
Bohemian Rhapsody has been getting a lot of criticism for not giving the other band members that big of a role. Personally, I don’t understand this. This movie was advertised as a Freddie Mercury biopic and was always going to focus a lot more on him. The other members do get their moments throughout the movie and Roger Taylor stood out to me. Ben Hardy was great in the role and I can’t wait to see more of him in other movies.
When talking about performances, it’s hard not to praise Rami Malek. From the minute the movie started till the final shot, he was exceptional. Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to play Freddie Mercury till he dropped out. I’m sure he would’ve done a great job but after seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Rami Malek nailed every scene. He also has great chemistry with everyone else on screen. Another category this movie definitely deserves an Oscar nomination for is Best Actor. I’m pretty sure a nomination is a lock and Rami Malek may even have a good chance of winning.
The character work for Freddie Mercury was also exceptional. I loved how they humanised him and made him feel relatable at so many points. Whether it be the sexuality arc or being exploited by his assistant Peter (I hate that guy). They made him feel like an actual human and didn’t glorify him to the point where he wasn’t relatable.
A lot of the scenes focus on how they created songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “We Will Rock You”. These scenes were extremely well-executed and the interactions between the band members were great.
The movie also has quite a few great laughs. A lot of the comebacks Freddie Mercury had were well-written. There’s a whole running gag between the band members related to the “I’m In Love With My Car” song and I laughed every time. Also a certain iconic actor makes a small cameo. I won’t spoil it if you don’t already know what it is. All I’m going to say is that it is extremely hilarious and they come back to it towards the end.
Speaking of the ending, I thought it was a great note to end the film on. They could have ended it on a really sad note but they take a different route and I loved it. Make sure you stay for the start of the credits because they have footage of Queen performing.
Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody was an exceptionally well-made film with great performances and wonderful direction. It is one of my favourite movies of the year and I genuinely do not understand how the movie only has a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m going to give Bohemian Rhapsody an A+.