My Review of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Friday night after I got out of work, Chris and I picked up a couple of friends of ours, went out to eat dinner, and then made our way to Regal Cinemas on Upper Front Street in Binghamton to catch 'Bohemian Rhapsody', the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen.
After what seemed to be a half hour of previews, we settled in to watch the movie. Right out of the gate a cool thing happened, and after it happened I leaned over to Chris and I asked if she realized that that was actually Queen playing the 20th Century Fox fanfare. That's the music that they play at the beginning of every one of their movies.
It was actually Brian May on guitar and Rodger Taylor of Queen playing the drums. You can tell it's them by the fuzzy unique guitar sound of Brian May.
The movie starts off with the band about to take the stage at Live Aid. Then the movie goes back in time to when Freddie Mercury met the rest of the band and how he ended up becoming a member of the band that eventually became Queen.
The movie goes on to show how the band was just starting to become successful and they realized that they needed to stand out and do something different. That's when the record company CEO Ray Foster. played by Mike Myers from 'Wayne's World' and Saturday Night Live Fame, started to push back because he did not like Bohemian Rhapsody or the direction the band was taking.
The movie focused on Freddie Mercury's personal life including his engagement to Mary Austin and how he eventually realized that he was bisexual. It showed him becoming more involved in his personal life which eventually led to him putting Queen on hold to pursue a solo career.
Well, as you know, his solo career was a flop and he ended up returning to Queen in time to play Live Aid. And that's pretty much where the movie ends up. They go through the entire live performance of Queen at Live Aid and then explain what happened to Freddy after that.
The cast was awesome. Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury was spot-on. Ben Hardy played Rodger Taylor he was great as well. Joseph Mazzello played John Deacon, and Gwilym Lee was cast as Brian May. All of the actors in the movie played their parts so well that you would swear you were watching the real members of Queen.
As I said in the air a couple times this morning if you are a Queen fan you definitely want to see this movie. If you are a fan of classic rock you really should see this movie, and if you are just looking to go see a movie to kill some time, this movie would be okay to see.
It was a good movie but I honestly think it could have been better. They skipped over a lot of albums and important parts of Queen's history, but the movie was supposed to be based on the life of Freddie Mercury. And, with the running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes as it is, they could not include every bit of Queen's history.
I would give it three and a half stars out of five. If I had to base my review on strictly on the fact that it is a music biopic, then I would give it 4 and a half out of 5 stars.