There’s nothing like going to see a music biopic that actually lets the music shine. Even with the huge amounts of positive and negative buzz surrounding it for over a year, Bohemian Rhapsody has managed to make a big splash with audiences. The film is a love letter to the beloved rock band Queen, who remains ever-relevant to this day. And while the story behind the formation of the band and their meteoric rise to fame is front and center, Bohemian Rhapsody puts the spotlight on Queen front man Freddie Mercury’s trials and tribulations. Actor Rami Malek’s interpretation of Freddie is the reason to see this film and is a career performance.
There would be no Queen without Freddie Mercury, and Bohemian Rhapsody makes that point extremely clear. The film spans the fifteen years from the band’s inception in 1970 to their show-stopping performance at Live Aid in 1985, which is a fantastic finish. All of the band’s classic anthems are heard at least once throughout the film, which uses the music as a concert-like accompaniment to Freddie’s story. As the film progresses, it is clear that the song that stuck out the most is actually about Freddie’s life, which makes it the perfect title for the film. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the most different songs in history and should be considered Freddie’s best work. One of the best scenes of the film is the recording sessions of the song, but it is a little disappointing that the titular track does not get played in full at any point in the film.
Just like there would be no Queen without Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody would not be a success without Rami Malek. The way that Malek embodies Freddie’s spirit is exceptional. Malek is a total rock star and proves his immense talent while strutting around and owning the stage at every moment. The musical performances are the best scenes in the film because Malek lets loose and acts exactly like Freddie. It’s an uncanny impression that will leave you thoroughly entertained. Malek’s performance is so amazing that I really feel that this is his career performance. It’s going to be very hard for him to top his flawless performance as Freddie Mercury, for which he deserves an Academy Award nomination. While most critics are mixed on the storytelling of the film, it is clear that everyone agrees that Malek is a genius. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that he is remembered in the upcoming months during the awards season.
The whole cast is actually pretty good and acts as more of an ensemble by letting Malek take the lead in every scene. The chemistry of Ben Hardy (playing Roger Taylor), Gwilym Lee (playing Brian May), Joseph Mazzello (playing John Deacon), and Malek is very comparable to the real band’s comradery. The background characters of John Reid (Aiden Gillen), Jim Beach (Tom Hollander), Paul Prenter (Allen Leach), and Ray Foster (Mike Myers) all add to Queen’s history.
While Queen has been one of the few rock bands to always stay relevant thanks to the number of anthems they created, Bohemian Rhapsody looks to keep their legacy, along with Freddie’s, alive forever. The film is the Rami Malek show and makes sure you won’t forget his perfect performance. Malek delivers one of the best acting performances of the year. Even if you don’t like Queen, you should see Bohemian Rhapsody for Malek’s spot-on acting. Plus, having the original Queen tracks blasting through theater speakers for over two hours is a really fun experience.
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