Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

  Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Is it? Could it be? Yup you guessed it, Bohemian Rhapsody!

  I am a huge fan of Queen, so I knew that I had to go see this movie.

  It centers around the life of Freddie Mercury as he shot to stardom.

  Mercury is a man who struggles with his identity, and the audience gets a chance to see Queen beyond their music.

  Freddie Mercury is played by Rami Malek, Mary Austin (one of Mercury’s love interests) is played by Lucy Boynton, John Deacon is played by Joseph Mazzello, Brian May by Gwilym Lee and Roger Taylor by Ben Hardy.

  I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting from this film, but I was a little disappointed with what I saw.

  I found it difficult to relate to Mercury, who was very eccentric, as well as any other characters.

  As I sat in my seat, I didn’t feel like I was a part of the movie, just seeing it from a distance.

  Truly great movies, in my humble opinion, are set apart by their ability to catch the attention of their audiences and take their emotions on a roller coaster ride.

  You need to be able to have some connection with the characters, and I really found that I could not.

  What added to this disconnect was the poor chemistry between Mercury, Austin and other members of Queen.

  I felt that Deacon, May, and Taylor had some decent chemistry, but Mercury never truly left his position as outcast.

  They were supposed to be a family, but for the majority of the film, it never really felt that way.

  This extended to his relationship with Mary Austin, which never made much sense to me.

  The general plot of the movie wasn’t bad, but it’s definitely not a surprise. We all know Freddie will get AIDS and eventually die.

  What really prevented this movie from greatness was its lack of depth in its character portrayal.

  The only thing that saved this movie was the soundtrack. I mean, how can you go wrong with songs from Queen? Seriously, how? Queen is amazing.

  The soundtrack made up for some shortcomings of this film and made sitting in a chair for two hours more interesting.

  Overall, this film gives viewers an opportunity to see Freddie Mercury in a very human and vulnerable light.

  As a whole, there was not anything particularly interesting, moving or deep in Bohemian Rhapsody, but it had an amazing soundtrack.

  Anyone with high expectations for this film will be very disappointed.

  For me, this movie was boring and shallow. But for those interested in seeing it, you can guarantee a great beat.


Reviewer’s rating: B-

Movie Rating: PG-13