Film review: Bohemian Rhapsody

As an avid Queen fan, it should come as no surprise that seeing Bohemian Rhapsody became a priority for me shortly after it began playing in theatres. I saw it last week with my mom, and it really is a phenomenally well-done film.

Directed by Bryan Singer, written by Anthony McCarten, produced by Graham King along with former Queen manager Jim Beach (Miami, if you’ve seen it), this 2018 biographical film is a must-see if you’re a Queen fan.

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, Lucy Boynton as his lover, Mary Austin, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon, and Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May.

The actual Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen participated in filming as well, acting as creative and musical consultants throughout production.

The film was released in the U.K. on Oct. 24 and in the U.S. on Nov. 2. It cost roughly $50 million to produce, though so far has grossed over $294 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing musical biographical film in history.

I’ve read some criticism towards the film, for example, a lack of focus on the band members and its portrayal of Mercury’s sexuality. However, in my opinion, both of these criticisms are not only subjective, but also inaccurate; I found Mercury’s sexuality to be portrayed realistically, as both a struggle and a relief for him, and the band members were prominent characters throughout the film.

Rami Malek positively embodied Mercury’s persona for this film, and his performance is almost hypnotic. I don’t think anyone else could encapsulate Mercury’s character as well as Malek does, and I highly recommend seeing it for yourself.

This film has the perfect balance of serious and humorous tones, and while I have no clue if it is entirely historically accurate, I think it comes pretty darn close.

Check it out for yourself.

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