Bohemian Rhapsody Review

Bohemian Rhapsody Review

SPOILER WARNING!!!
This movie is based on a true story, if you plan on watching the movie you might already know a bit about Queen, so it’s not that big a spoiler.

Hello Readers,
Today I'll be reviewing Bohemian Rhapsody, the new Queen biopic starring Rami Malek and directed by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher.

Let me start off this review by saying that I love the band Queen. I think their music is better than any SoundCloud rapper and other singers/bands today (I'm not saying that there isn't any singers/bands that I enjoy today). So when I walked into this movie, I was excited as it was based on the life of Freddie Mercury, one of the best singers to have ever lived, and the band Queen, who released hits like Bohemian Rhapsody,  Don't Stop Me Now, my personal favourite Killer Queen and many more. And I have to say while watching this movie I was "having a good time".

Even though it says 'based on a true story' that doesn't mean the movie is completely true, it's adapted to the big screen so it could be a dramatic and entertaining movie.

By cramming around 15 years into a 2 hour, 13-minute movie would have been a challenge. The movie would have benefited by being a mini-series as there was so much to tell.



The fashion and hairstyles in the movie were quite accurate to the era it took place in. You can see what I'm talking about from the image above. The outfits were loud and vibrate, and the male hairstyles were normally long locks.

From my understanding, this movie isn’t completely accurate, but I do feel like a lot of what happened between Freddie and ‘love of his life’ Mary was true.
Some of the facts that aren’t correct are;
Freddie doesn't get AIDs in 1985
Queen never broke up just had breaks between tours
Freddie didn't betray Queen by having a solo album, as Brian and Roger both had solo albums in the 2-3 years before Freddie did.

In my opinion, the people who say that Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't pay respect to Freddie's sexuality, haven't actually watched this movie and only saw that teaser trailer that came out months ago. It's a big part of this movie. A lot of people didn't know that he was in a relationship with Mary Austin for six years, were engaged at one point and he consider her the "love of his life" (he even wrote a song for her titled "Love of My Life") at that time. Yes, Freddie is gay but that doesn't mean he didn’t have a meaningful relationship with a woman.



There hasn't been anything said about Rami Malek's performance playing Freddie Mercury in this movie that you haven’t heard before. He is fantastic and has, in my opinion already got the nod for Best Leading Actor for his performance. He embodies Freddie and you can see that in this movie. 

When watching videos from behind the scenes, I saw the Rami put 110% into this role. He got a movement coach to help him become Freddie Mercury.


In this movie, it shows Freddie before he met the other band members of Queen. It shows him working as Airport Luggage Worker, and he came from Stone Town, Zanzibar, and that his father Bomi Bulsara disapproves Freddie's decisions. 

This movie did explore explaining how Freddie is able to sing the way he does. It's because of the amount of room in his mouth from having extra teeth, this helped him have his amazing singing voice.

I know a lot of the praise has been focused a lot of Rami Malek's performance, but Ben Hardy, Joesph Mazzello (Tim Murphy from Jurassic Park), Gwilym Lee and Lucy Boynton are very underappreciated. They are exceptional in their roles. When in costume, they look like their real-life counterparts. Ben Hardy delivers the majority of the laughs in this movie. They all have great chemistry on camera and it makes you feel as if they are family.

I was quite disappointed when I realised there wasn't a scene in where Roger locked himself in a cabinet until Freddie said that 'I'm In Love With My Car' could be on the B-side of the record that was sold with Bohemian Rhapsody (this is real, I did my research).



The music in this movie is one of the highlights. The album is pretty much made up of their greatest hits. The music gave me goosebumps. The concerts in this movie are great. The Live Aid Concert is the best out of them all. It is also the movie's final scene. When watching the real Live Aid Concert, you can see that they put a lot of effort and detail into it. It's quite accurate. The scene goes for roughly how long the actual segment went for. 

Bohemian Rhapsody is a fun and an enjoyable biopic. I had a good time and if you're a Queen fan, I think you would too. I'm giving Bohemian Rhapsody an 8.5/10.

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Writer: Alex O'Brien
Editor: Lou O'Brien

Edit: Thank you Lachlan Hill for telling me that everything was white.




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