Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Queen is one of the most popular bands of all time there is definitely no denying that. While the band is quite the crowd pleaser, this film is as well. My number one takeaway is that while this film is definitely entertaining, it shys away from many of the emotional subject matter.
I want to see this film again before I examine it too critically, but I felt both satisfied and a bit let down when I walked out of the theater. I do also have to say that Rami Malek’s performance here is fantastic.