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Sunday, November 4, 2018


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

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers

Release Date: November 2, 2018

Genres: Biography, Drama , Music

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language

Runtime: 2h 12 min


Bohemian Rhapsody is a serviceable if sanitized rock biopic that’s helped greatly by great performances.  Bryan Singer’s film bears some of his style but there is a sense that after he was let go there was a bit of committee thinking going on resulting in some generic decisions.  Even though the film plays out in a predictable paint by the number pattern, there’s plenty to love about it.  Rami Malek makes the film by delivering a star making performance.  Malek transforms into Mercury and he’s always the most interesting person on screen.  He captures the look and feel of Mercury especially during the musical portions that it makes it easy to overlook some of the film’s short comings.  Helping matters is the supporting cast which delivers equally impressive work as the rest of the band mates.  The music itself is irresistible and through some impressive blending of actual singing and lip syncing you really feel the performances which drive the film ending with the iconic Live Aid show. 



  1. yeah, the acting is solid, but the narrative and characterization of freddie mercury needed more work.

    1. In total agreement, I keep wondering if I enjoyed it more simply because of the music....


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