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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a somewhat weak but ultimately moving tribute to a culture-defining star

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When I first heard that a biopic focusing on the life of Freddie Mercury would be hitting theatres, I thought that there wasn’t an actor in the world who could capture the essence and personality of the eccentric Queen frontman. I am happy to report that in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Rami Malek’s performance is almost eerily perfect.

Let the record show that as a whole, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is far from perfect. The first act of the movie, in particular, has frequent and jarring cuts which completely destroy the pacing and emotional integrity of the film. Just when a scene seems to be picking up steam, it cuts away to the next one – getting rid of any build-up or interest from the audience. Also hurting the film as a whole was the questionable dialogue, which often felt forced and derivative. Though I’m sure there were people who told Mercury just how amazing he was, hearing the characters constantly drone on about his talent and greatness makes it difficult to appreciate the person he was – not just the person the movie tells us he was.

Additionally, there were several scenes inserted into the film which served no purpose in the story except to point out how wild Queen’s antics were. While it is interesting to hear details about the escapades of the band, it contradicts the more grounded, personal tone that the overall film takes when analyzing the details of Mercury’s life.

Though those aspects do admittedly take away from the viewing experience, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the outstanding casting. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury was a stroke of genius, and he manages to capture the duality of a rockstar with a troubled personal life. Mercury, while known for his frequent partners and garish outfits, was also notoriously private when it came to personal matters, so seeing Malek portray him as a man having trouble to come to terms with both his sexuality and illness was incredibly engrossing.

Aside from Malek’s Mercury, the rest of the cast was strong as well. Ben Hardy’s Roger and Gwilym Lee’s Brian are the perfect sounding boards for Mercury, in their banter is both entertaining and realistic. Another incredibly interesting aspect of Mercury’s life that “Bohemian Rhapsody” focused on was his relationship with his fiancee Mary Austin. Though Mercury is well known for being an LGBT icon, his love for Austin was incredibly profound and genuine, and “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” inclusion of that plot was something I found very interesting.

In the end, although it does feel somewhat anticlimactic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a well-meaning and (mostly) well-executed tribute to an eternal band and an even more eternal man. Whether or not you’re a fan of Queen’s music, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is an awe-inspiring look into the life of one of the century’s most iconic stars

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2 Responses to “‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a somewhat weak but ultimately moving tribute to a culture-defining star”

  1. yee haw on November 8th, 2018 8:05 am

    Hello there! Just expressing an opinion here since this movie means a lot to me, but isn’t it a little far-fetched to call Bohemian Rhapsody “weak” and “far from perfect” when you only judge the very beginning of the movie in this article? I feel as though the only meaning the beginning of the movie is supposed to give is context to later events; it’s not supposed to be very meaningful since it’s utilized to express Bulsara’s life before and during the formation of Queen. It seems as though the jarring dialogue and short scenes are used to not only build suspense for later events in the movie, but also it is quite difficult to fit the majority of one’s life story in a matter of almost 2 and a half hours (filmmakers must have had to compromise since some of the events in the beginning and throughout the movie did not happen the same in real life for Mercury). It is quite difficult to fit everything in and change scenes; however, that does not make this movie a weak movie. 🙂

  2. #1 Freddie Mercury boi on November 8th, 2018 1:40 pm

    I personally loved this film, from start to finish.
    I mostly liked it on a like emotional level but yeahhh.
    I wouldn’t call this movie a weak movie ever.
    Oscar worthy performance by Rami!

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