Well, here I am, again… another Thursday evening, it’s 10.45 PM, and I’ve just got home from the cinema after watching Bohemian Rhapsody with my dad. And, yet again, another film that I just MUST tell you about! What is it with all the films being so good, at this time of the year?!
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary 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. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Oh! Wow! Where to begin?!
Okay; so, I’ve heard mixed reviews about this movie. And my dad has heard more negative reviews than positive. “It doesn’t go into Freddie’s life as much as I thought it would”, “the guys that play Brian, Roger and John aren’t exactly great matches” … and so on.
We went into this movie with all of that looming over our heads, completely unsure about what to expect.
However, I now call complete and utter BULLSHIT on those reviews!
This film is bloody FANTASTIC! I loved it. My dad loved it. I think every other person in the theatre loved it… they were all bopping along when the songs were on, a few were wiping back tears, as was I!
Rami Malek has outdone himself… he portrayed Freddie Mercury fabulously well, and absolutely made the film. The actors that played Brian (Gwilym Lee), Roger (Ben Hardy), and John (Joseph Mazzello) were also perfect for their roles. I’m more aware of Brian May, compared to Roger Taylor and John Deacon, but my dad confirmed that the actors were perfect for the respective roles that they played and really pulled it off.
Bohemian Rhapsody will have you wanting to get up and sing and dance. It’ll have you laughing your head off. It’ll have you crying your eyes out. It’ll break your heart and fill it with such warmth, all at the same time. I believe that Freddie Mercury’s life journey is shown enough in this film. I learned so much more than I already knew (about him and Queen), and I thought that the movie struck the perfect balance between showing Freddie’s story plus Queen’s story.
I’d – a million percent – recommend this film to absolutely everybody! It is not to be missed! Do try and remind yourself – you’re at the cinema at the end of the film, too, I was about 0.5 seconds away from standing up and clapping and cheering, at the end of the film… before I remembered where I was! *Eye roll*
Go watch it! YOU WILL NOT REGRET A SINGLE SECOND!
5/5 stars – WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!