Synopsis: Bohemian Rhapsody is an enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Following Queen’s meteoric rise, their revolutionary sound and Freddie’s solo career, the film also chronicles the band’s reunion, and one of the greatest performances in rock history.
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by: Anthony McCarten
There are few biographical films that actually capture the essence of a personality, but while watching Bohemian Rhapsody, my feeling was that I was actually plunging into the history of Queen and Freddie Mercury.
Early on we have a vision of the majesty of the movie when we see Freddie (Rami Malek) going to the stage. We have a view of his back that conveys the importance and grandiosity of the Queen’s leader in a take that lives up to the singer.
Then we are transposed back into the narrative and we take a look at Freddie’s past that soon makes it clear to us his eccentricity and consequent bad relationship with the family. Rami Malek does an exceptional job from those initial moments, to the conflicts that Freddie goes through during the movie, the loneliness and how success affects his life, and finally his later life when he is diagnosed with AIDS.
The final scene, by the way, deserves special credits for being able to revive Live AID with such plausibility. The movements of Freddie and the whole group were perfectly rehearsed according to the 1985 show in a performance that made it clear why Rami Malek won this year’s Oscar for Best Actor.
One of the things that impressed me most was Malek’s ability to play a character so different from his most famous role as Eliot in Mr. Robot. It’s not every actor who’s able to deliver us different experiences with each performance, but Malek deserves applause for having achieved it so brilliantly.
We should also applaud the sound mixing for the wonderful experience it brings us throughout the movie. Sometimes it’s impossible not to shiver with the quality of the audio, especially when the members of the group decide what’s best way to edit a song.
The direction and photograph of Bohemian Rhapsody transport us back to the 70s / 80s with a well-built atmosphere that fits perfectly with what we expect to find. Transitions and time passages are also well done, though sometimes we may have the feeling that we don’t go deep enough in a given moment of Freddie’s life, which is understandable since the movie is not meant to be so long.
A Star Is Born used to be my favorite from the Oscar nominations, and although I still enjoy Bradley Cooper’s movie and have a special affection for it, I must acknowledge the fantastic work done with Bohemian Rhapsody and its total merit for the awards received. This is a movie to be enjoyed even by those who aren’t Queen fans.