"a film that mixes together drama, comic relief and pure entertainment while celebrating the memory of an extraordinary talented man"
When thinking about Queen, the first thing that comes to mind is big stadiums, a huge crowd stomping their feet on the ground and clapping their hands to the famous “we will rock you” tempo. Bohemian Rhapsody brings all of this and even more with a story that doesn’t want to idolise Freddy Mercury, but just celebrate the journey of a rock band that was more of a family rather than a group of people creating music.
The film is a comprehensive journey from the beginning until the famous performance for Live Aid in 1985. The story explores mainly Mercury’s past and his rise to fame. However, in the film the audience is not fed the romantic idea of a tormented artist, but rather his brilliant creative mind and what inspired his music, along with the collaboration of the other members of the band having a massive input into the creative process.
In Bohemian Rhapsody, the story focuses more on relationships and life. Freddy with his tormented personality hiding behind the façade of the eccentric artist. Brian May and his artistic vision and his need to always strive for something new. Roger's force of nature and ambition and John simmering down their temper.
In the film it is clear that Queen was a great collaborative mix, working together to create something never heard before. To break the ceiling and be extraordinary. To give to their misfit audience a place to belong.
Director Bryan Singer creates a fluid story, moving from the creation of their iconic songs to their performance live, while still following Mercury on his journey as a star and a man trying to belong. There is a major focus on Malik’s face and his nuances to highlight his emotional response to everything happening around him.
Each sequence is cut with harmony and the pace of the film is fast and engaging. Translating to film the menacing creative process of four talented musicians coming together is extremely entertaining and often adds a comedic aspect to the story.
Having the chance to watch the film during the world premiere at the SSE Wembley Arena, is an experience like no other. This film was made to be watched in a stadium. The story and, most importantly, the songs make you want to jump on your feet and sing along, just like during a concert. The audience is engaged with the iconic singles that made Queen famous and loved everywhere.
The cast ensemble is majestic. Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello play the fab four with extreme commitment. Playing a real person can be intimidating. However, in their cases, their performances are just a true tribute to Queen and a great interpretation of these young musicians trying to make a difference for their audience while balancing fame.
Malek is outstanding as Freddy. He captures his talent as well as his fragility effortlessly. He never misses a bit and his interpretation doesn’t just stop with the voice, but with his whole body as well. The details in make-up and style to alter Lee, Hardy and Mazzello's features almost make the audience feel like they are watching a documentary of the band shot in the past. Their resemblance to their counterparts is uncanny and it gives the movie a more realistic tone.
A project wanted and supervised by the surviving members of Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that mixes together drama, comic relief and pure entertainment while celebrating the memory of an extraordinary talented man who found a way to belong. It is a movie that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats while taking them back in time to witness one of the greatest rock bands making their journey through to fame.