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Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review (2018) | A Tribute to Freddie Mercury

Extraordinary! Freddie Mercury finds a perfect homage in Bohemian Rhapsody movie named after one of the biggest hit albums by Queen. Portrayed by Rami Malek in an Oscar-worthy performance, Freddie is done absolute ravishing justice by the actor who is so good at getting under someone’s skin that it sometimes becomes hard to tell him apart. Rami plays Freddie convincingly well.

The direction of Bohemian Rhapsody movie is simply extraordinary. The end of the movie literally picks you up and puts you in a concert driven by the vantage of the performers. The flick is lively and brimming with energy that carries a brilliant screenplay and smart jests that crack you up more than often.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody movie pays tribute to a rock band that deserves to be on one of the highest pedestals of a musical revolution that was driven by sheer experimentation and vigour. There is nostalgia aplenty grated inside as you try to come back to Queen’s music with all their amazing songs that play all over again for you as if taking you back in time. You become reminiscent of the magnificence of their songs. You are forced to once again marvel on how this rad band wasn’t afraid to probe unconventional objects that created music to deliver us their world of grandeur at any cost.

The Direction of Bohemian Rhapsody Movie

The direction of Bohemian Rhapsody movie is just like the music of Queen. It feels like a song written as a homage in an apt order that introduces Freddie to the world of music. Bryan Singer carves it specifically for music lovers as you can listen to Queen’s popular songs that play every now and then.

Most of the movie is aggrandized by its crazy editing. Also, its remarkable cinematography that places cameras at beautiful angles. You could see there is experimentation there too as it often feeds you a gamut of shots that make the movie visually appealing.

The only part where you might complain about the editing is toward the very end where Queen’s live aid performance is recreated. One could argue that it’s also the point wherein Bryan wishes you to relive the energy of the crowd and their songs, that he reproduces every shot based on actual footage from the Live Aid. But that bit becomes a tad lengthy and feels like a dispensable stretch for a movie. However, that still remains very much debatable!

I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

Hats down one of the best performances of his life, Rami Malek simply nails Mercury. All the meticulous work that went into acing his demenaour is commendable per se. Not only does he move around like him, but he even nails the latter’s speech. All the research work that he did to epitomize the flamboyant powerhouse of talent shows, when he acts effortlessly as if he was born for the role.

Rami makes the life of Freddie his very own as he sizzles on stage with the exact amount of flair that the latter used to carry. There is a sense of alluring confidence in the way he signs his statements making them appear like showstoppers with each deliverance. Rami even carries the extra set of teeth in the front with such a rare finesse that even its nagging existence feels as if they were forever his.

Some of the best bits to watch out for are the interviews, the heating debate with Ray Foster where the Queen leaves EMI for good and the painstaking and experimental creation of their songs.

True poem is for listeners.

Last but not the least, you cannot also overlook the band’s spectacular performance at Live Aid which literally steals the show.

Brimming with Nostalgia

If you hail from the era of the Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody movie feels like an epoch revisited. The music of the Queen takes you back to that timeline where you once revered them.

We are four misfits who don’t belong together, we are playing for the other misfits. They are the outcasts, right at the back of the room. We are pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.

Bohemian Rhapsody movie features their top 22 tracks that make the movie an exhilarating affair dipped in a gripping reminiscence. These are:

  1. “20th Century Fox Fanfare”
  2. “Somebody To Love” (A Day at the Races)
  3. “Doing All Right” (Smile)
  4. “Keep Yourself Alive” (Queen)
  5. “Seven Seas of Rhye” (Queen II)
  6. “Killer Queen” (Sheer Heart Attack)
  7. “Fat Bottomed Girls” (Jazz)
  8. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (A Night at the Opera)
  9. “Now I’m Here” (Sheer Heart Attack)
  10. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (The Game)
  11. “Love Of My Life” (A Night at the Opera)
  12. “We Will Rock You” (News of the World)
  13. “Another One Bites The Dust” (The Game)
  14. “I Want To Break Free” (The Works)
  15. “Under Pressure” (Hot Space)
  16. “Who Wants To Live Forever” (A Kind of Magic)
  17. “Radio Ga-Ga” (The Works)
  18. “Ay-Oh” (Live)
  19. “Hammer To Fall” (The Works)
  20. “We Are The Champions” (News of the World)
  21. “Don’t Stop Me Now” (Jazz)
  22. “The Show Must Go On” (Innuendo)

Drama and Screenplay

Bohemian Rhapsody movie’s drama is top-notch too. Most of the melodrama in the movie is fronted by the equation of sexuality. The moment it comes into the picture for Freddie, a lot of things go tumbling down the toilet. It compels Freddie to wear a mien of arrogance as he faces the press with injurious malice.

His longtime muse Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) ends up becoming side-lined. But that gradual skimming is laced with some amazing screenplay that constitutes the movie.

The human condition requires a bit of anesthesia.

His discovery of Jim Hutton (Aaron McCusker) is one of those impactful moments when a rocking world stops to listen.

I like you too, Freddie. Come and find me when you decide to like yourself.

You see more drama when he is forced into solitude after his decision to leave the band nearly ends him. He is impelled to walk the torment of doing wrong to his fellow mates, and then he eventually musters up the courage to once again reunite.

The differences he and his father carried is also worked as a tiny sub-plot. It feels great to watch his father finally feel proud of his child.

Good thoughts, good words, good deeds. Just like you taught me, papa.

Live Aid Performance

The show-stealer is the final live aid performance that is a sheer reflection of the band’s live concert at Live Aid. It has been made just as it had happened in reality. Yes, it is the real deal.

In a world where directors often choose to show footage from the actual event or where they often morph the protagonist’s head to paste the actor’s head (M S Dhoni movie), Bryan Singer chose to recreate history frame by frame with all the available footage he had.

The final bits feel like a stretch since it is a recreation of everything that went down at Live Aid so you could witness people complaining about it, but if they were music aficionados, trust me they wouldn’t.

The sheer energy of the live aid feels like madness unleashed. The vigour is simply unrelenting and so consuming that you secretly wish to be a part of.

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The Final Verdict

Watch the movie even if you are not a fan of the Queen band. Because it has all the elements to stand out as a great movie on its own. It is a great tribute to a legend, who once walked, nay danced, the earth amongst the pantheons of the greats.

Bohemian Rhapsody

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7.7

Direction

8.5/10

Plot

8.0/10

Editing

7.5/10

Screenplay

7.3/10

Drama

7.4/10

Pros

  • Outstanding Tribute to Freddie Mercury
  • Rami Malek as Freddie
  • Makes You Reminiscent
  • Good Screenplay and Drama
  • Great Songs

Cons

  • Editing Issues in the final moments
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