Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that has been highly anticipated ever since it was first announced. Such legends deserve a paying tribute containing some soul, some substance. It depicts the journey it took for Queen to reach the legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985. A journey I personally knew nothing about and was all the more enlightened for it.
But there’s only really one question: is it big enough to match the sheer scale of Queen? And the answer is obviously not, it’s Queen. But is it an incredible film? It’s absolutely astounding. Rami Malek completely and utterly disappears into Freddie Mercury, or at least the perception we would have of him. Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor) and Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon) all portray the supporting members of Queen to an almost eerie degree. Lee is unrecognizable under the distinctive May hairstyle and the authenticity depicted in the arguments between Taylor (Hardy) and Mercury (Malek) completely transfix you within the story.
This is a heartbreaking story that I did not expect when I walked into the cinema. It made me appreciate Queen all the more. They’re drive, passion, they’re talent! They’re unbelievable talent. They were so innovative. It was also fascinating to see the portrayal of their band dynamic. To see how not every band decision or stylistic choice was that of Freddie Mercury, but in fact an amalgamation of the whole band.
So no, it doesn’t live up to Queen, but what the hell could? Go see this film, dance out of the cinema and sing along, it’s brilliant.