One of history’s most iconic bands and frontmen receive the biopic treatment with Bohemian Rhapsody. Having access to the full catalogue of hits from Queen gives this film an unfair advantage over any other film, unfortunately though this becomes the film’s crux as it eschews diving into the nuanced life of Mercury with any depth.
Rami Malek is phenomenal in his portrayal of Freddie Mercury as Bohemian Rhapsody chronicles the 15 year period between Queen’s formation and legendary performance at Wembley for Live Aid in 1985.
When Malek first appears on screen his transformation into Mercury is initially jarring thanks to the caricature styled dental prosthetics and exaggerated accent. Once Malek dons the iconic Mercury moustache though the portrayal truely pops off the screen.
In terms of the biographical elements this film treads very lightly in regards to Mercury’s sexuality and the undoubted inner turmoil he battled through.
Overall Bohemian Rhapsody skims the surface when it comes to the inner workings of the band but thanks to its iconic soundtrack it is impossible not to enjoy this ride.
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