Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Rating: 7.5/10

This film is the story of the band Queen from when they were formed to when they performed at Wembley stadium for Live Aid. The focus is on Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and it shows what it took to lead a band that came from nothing and grew to international superstars.

This film has an interesting quality to it. It’s a biopic, sure, but it doesn’t really feel like a biopic, more just a study of one man and the people he affected throughout his life. I dunno, after watching this and First Man, two movies I totally expected to be just your typical biopic/Oscar-bait movies, I think I’ve kind of had to rethink my thoughts on the subject. Though maybe people are learning that you can’t stick to one formula on a particular genre of film and expect said genre to survive. I feel originality is key on the success of any film and if you can present a familiar formula in a new way it will make your movie all the better for it.

This movie flows really well for the first half of it. It kind of peaks after they record the song Bohemian Rhapsody. Leading up to this the band had been fighting but after recording the song things seem to go swimmingly for them after. After the Bohemian Rhapsody bit, the band starts fighting AGAIN, until they record a new song AGAIN, and I kind of get the impression the filmmakers maybe lost the flow of things just a bit, (and then it happens AGAIN) but it won me back with Queen’s performance at the Live Aid concert at the end, but not really until then.

SCORING:

+6: I think I like biopics now…weird

+1.5: Story is told in an interesting way with excellent music

-1: Filmmaker’s might have lost the plot a little bit in the middle…

+1: Amazing performance by Rami Malek

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