Rami Steals the Show!
Before I delve into Bohemian Rhapsody, which was directed by Brian Singer, I must give props to Rami Malek and his portrayal of Freddy Mercury. He was passionate in his acting and seemed to take on the persona of Freddy. Without him in this movie, it may not have been worth watching at all. An additional plus, was the selection of actors who played the remaining three Queen members. They include Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), and Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon). Malek’s performance was extraordinary while the remaining band members looked like the actual members of Queen.
There was quite a bit missing in this movie. We did not get to see a thorough look at Queen’s history. It was overly focused on Mercury’s sexuality and the conflicts this caused. ‘The Life of Freddy Mercury’ would have been a more fitting title. The movie begins by showing us how Freddie wanted to be a musician and how he joined Queen. From here it focuses on his relationship with Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), and his struggles with his sexuality. Although, the movie shows Queen touring, it continues to highlight how Mercury and Austin struggle to keep a relationship. This struggle is basically blamed on Freddy’s confusion over his sexuality. There is even one scene where a reporter targets Freddy over whether he was gay or not. Watching the movie, was similar to watching a biased person focus on another’s sexuality.
A Final Thought
Although, I have ranted about what’s wrong with Bohemian Rhapsody, I would still recommend it as worth watching. If for no other reason, watch it for Rami Malek’s performance which was stellar. The movie brought Queen to life when it showed them performing together. A major highlight is when we watch them perform at Live Aid 1985. I could watch that over and over again. So go watch Bohemian Rhapsody, if you haven’t yet, but don’t expect to learn much about Queen from it. Just enjoy Malek’s performance and the band scenes.