Title: Bohemian Rhapsody
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Runtime: 2 hr 14 mins
What It Is: Farrokh Bulsara goes from common immigrant living in London to the legendary lead singer of Queen Freddie Mercury (Malek). Through dealing with the drama of being in a band that gets to the size of Queen as well as trying to figure out his sexuality in a less excepting time Freddie has his plate full. When the unexpected occurs and he contracts the AIDS virus life definitely just changed for the charismatic lead singer.
What We Think: An utter disappointment. Similar in its ability to manipulate both time and intent to that of The Greatest Showman. Rami Malek gives a fantastic performance. One certainly worthy of all its praise. Unfortunately, this is a complete letdown. While Singer tries to be creative he can’t get out of his own way at times. His decisions alongside the HIGHLY problematic script make for a less than stellar feature. Musically the film brings it, but of course, a movie about Freddie Mercury was always going to. Having the living members involved in the making of the film grossly hurt the film.
Our Grade: C-, As mentioned above this is SUCH a disappointment. Scattered, messy storytelling. What EXACTLY was the point of Mike Myers character anyway? Overall there’s not much to like outside of Queen’s music and that is just unfortunate. What could’ve been a comprehensive study of an LGBTQ icon instead turns into more revisionism and sin washing. You really have to just to take this film with a grain of salt…for many reasons. I won’t comment on some of these as that isn’t my place but if you’re interested there’s plenty to read. Just looking at the film itself there’s far too much wrong with the timeline to discuss. Hit us up on twitter if you’d like to do so. OH! Also yeah I can’t recommend this.