Movie review: 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Lindsey Lanham | Editor-in-Chief

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Last Friday, Nov. 2, the highly-anticipated Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released in theatres. What critics have been dissing for weeks now, only turned out to be an incredibly entertaining and emotional movie that everyone (fans and non-fans) will love.

Going into a movie like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it’s hard to leave all preconceived notions outside of the theatre. Queen is one of the most famous bands in the world, and everyone knows who Freddie Mercury is. Thankfully, the film honored both Mercury and Queen appropriately and showcased their music in the best way.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” follows Queen from their original formation to their performance at Live Aid in 1985. While the movie mainly focuses on Mercury’s life, from his engagement to Mary Austin to his relationship with Jim Hutton.

For those who fear that movie doesn’t go into Mercury’s sexuality or his AIDs diagnosis, fear not. The movie is undeniably queer. One of the most emotional scenes featured Mercury telling his bandmates of his diagnoses.

It’s hard to say that Rami Malek played Freddie Mercury well, as, for the two hours of the movie, Rami Malek was Freddie Mercury. Down to every eye twitch, every hand movement, even the way he walked, Malek embodied Mercury in the best way.

The rest of Queen was also played well. Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) were all true to their real-life counterparts, down to their hair and costume design.

While “Bohemian Rhapsody” tackles the serious, it is well balanced by comedy. Roger Taylor’s obsession with his song “I’m In Love With My Car” (which, in real life, Taylor loved so much, he locked himself in a cabinet until Mercury made the song a B side to “Bohemian Rhapsody”), the Galileo jokes and even Mercury’s cats all afforded light-hearted moments that film needed.

A fun Easter egg for fans was the Mike Myers cameo. Myers played a disgruntled record label executive who tells the boys “We need a song teenagers can bang their heads to in a car. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is not that song.”

Of course, not everything that was shown in the movie was true. Mercury was not aware of his AIDs diagnosis before Live Aid, Taylor was actually the first to release solo music and the band didn’t “reunite” for Live Aid because they never split up in the first place.

The soundtrack showcased all of Queen’s hits, some live performances, and even snippets from the Live Aid performance. Mostly hits, the soundtrack included tracks like a live performance of “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Love Of My Life.” Each song iconic in their own way, not only for the audience in the theatre but for Queen as well.

Overall the movie was a great representation of Mercury’s time spent with Queen. It has Malek at his best, a great character actor who just gets to tuck one more incredible role under his belt. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the great biopics of our time and is fun for anyone who just loves music.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is now playing in theatres.