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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Bryan Singer

Starring:
Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Lucy Boynton

Other notable appearances:
Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Aaron McCusker

Running time:
134 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Greatest Showman, The Doors, Rock of Ages

 

The story of rock legends Freddie Mercury (Malek), Brian May (Lee), Roger Taylor (Hardy) and John Deacon (Mazzello) — four men who came together to change the face of rock and roll forever.

Queen is the musical love of my life. I have loved them for as long as I can remember and, while I sometimes stray, I always come back to the music that four musical geniuses created.  So, naturally, when I saw the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, I was ecstatic. The trailer teased at everything I had hoped for and more in a biopic of my all-time favourite band. The movie? The movie is even better.

It’s worth noting at this point that Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t 100% factually accurate. Creative liberties have been taken with the timeline and facts have been skewed to create more drama. I didn’t find this to take away from the movie at all but it’s worth remembering that most films based on true stories do this. 

The casting for Bohemian Rhapsody is amazing. Malek epitomises Freddie Mercury in a way that not many actors would have been able to do and portrays his heart and soul so beautifully. Lee is the spitting image of Brian May and his mannerisms are well played. Likewise, Hardy and Mazzello are perfect fits for Roger Taylor and John Deacon respectively. Side note, I did not realise until researching the film afterwards that the actor portraying John Deacon is the same actor who portrayed Tim in Jurassic Park.

One of my absolute favourite lines in the film is “We need a song teenagers can bang their heads to in a car. Bohemian Rhapsody is not that song.” because it is said by Mike Myers, an actor known for banging his head in a car along to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a masterful dramatisation of the lives of four rock stars who came together and changed the world. If you are a fan of Queen’s music and don’t mind some creative liberties, then Bohemian Rhapsody is one film you absolutely can’t miss. There are tears of laughter, tears of joy and a killer Queen soundtrack. If you’re able to see it while it’s in the cinema, I would highly recommend doing so.

Rating:

“It goes on forever, six bloody minutes!”
“I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.”

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