Bohemian Rhapsody : Movie Review

Title: Bohemian Rhapsody
Director: Bryan Singer / Dexter Fletcher
Script: Anthony McCarten
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers
Runtime: 134 minutes
Rated: 12A


Includes Complete "Live Aid" Movie Performance Not Seen in Cinemas

Celebrate the iconic and heart pounding music of Queen and Freddie Mercury with the highest-grossing biopic of all-time.

Experience the story behind band and the making of
"Bohemian Rhapsody," the #1 streamed song of the 20th century and other favourites like "We Will Rock You," "Somebody to Love," and "We are the Champions".

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock band Queen. It follows the singer's life from when he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid performance at the former Wembley Stadium in London.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)We’ve had to wait a long time for this Freddie Mercury / Queen biopic. I remember several years ago thinking how chameleonic actor Sacha Baron Cohen would be a fantastic Freddy Mercury, but he left the project.

Fortunately after Cohen departed Rami Malek stepped in and he has put in an excellent performance, along with his talented co-stars. Also worthy of special note are Lucy Boynton and Gwilym Lee, who just like Malek both fully embodied their roles and produced brilliant performances.

As for the director, Bryan Singer also departed the production, leaving an uncredited Dexter Fletcher to complete the final scenes.

There is a good mix of on-stage action and scenes from Freddy’s personal life, with his family and his long time girlfriend Mary Austin. The film culminates with an amazing version of the Live Aid gig of which Queen and Freddy were the standout stars. A difficult scene to make climatic in the sense that the stage and lighting at Live Aid weren’t exactly lavish (due to the fact that they were raising money to help with Ethiopians with famine not producing a fancy gig) but it still crackles with excitement.

Also shown in the film is Mercury’s relationship with Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton. Freddy was often thought of as gay. This is too simplistic, he was of course bisexual - later presenting as gay. The film goes someway to explaining this.

This results in a fine film, but one that doesn’t go far enough. Freddy wouldn’t have simply pushed the envelope, he’d have given us a surprising film, an ambitious film, a film that was unafraid to take risks and to shoot for the stars - or as Freddy says in the film punch a hole in the sky. Was Singer afraid to take risks? Coming to the job late, Fletcher was perhaps unable to change the tone.

Ultimately Bohemian Rhapsody is solid, accomplished, enjoyable throughout, and at moments genuinely thrilling, yet it’s just a little short of being truly great. What is great however is Malek’s Oscar winning performance - very worthy of the Academy Award.

Bohemian Rhapsody Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray SPECIAL FEATURES

· The Complete Live Aid Movie Performance Not Seen in Cinemas (featured in 4K Ultra HD™ HDR on the 4K Ultra HD™ Disc)
· Rami Malek: Becoming Freddie
· The Look and Sound of Queen
· Recreating Live Aid

Bohemian Rhapsody DVD FEATURES
· The Complete Live Aid Movie Performance Not Seen in Theaters

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY available on Digital Download 16th February and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD 4th March.

Author : Kevin Stanley