One of the most famous bands in the world is getting its biopic, even though it mostly about the 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. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Bryan Singer( “X‑Men: Apocalypse”, “Usual Suspects”, “X‑Men: Days of Future Past”) created a set that has as much drama on screen as behind the curtains. The director was fired from his own movie because of private issues: arriving late, erratic behavior, absence etc. The film had to be finished by another director Dexter Fletcher (“Eddie the Eagle”). The Hollywood Reporter wrote an interesting article about this.
The film is a typical biopic, from the early days of the band, the success, the downfall etc. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a fun movie mostly because of the acting and the music. The greatest scenes are the ones in which the band is creating their famous songs because the chemistry between all the actors is endearing. The film is not completely historical accurate, but it is an ode to music and most of all to a great performer.
Rami Malek is an extraordinary Freddie Mercury. He completely embodies the famous singer, a fantastic performance by the actor. Gwilym Lee is very good as Brian May, Allen Leech is a very devious agent of chaos. The rest of the excellent cast is composed of Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and an almost unrecognizable Mike Myers.