Film review: Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen. Pure champions. Four vital musicians changing the shape and history of rock n’ roll music. A band whose influence and innovation still resonate today.

Brian Singer and Dexter Fletcher’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ vividly carves the legacies of those who dared to stray from the expected and strive for something further. Stars Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Gwilym Lee and Lucy Boynton bring to life a biopic that captures the raw magnetism of one of the most influential and revolutionary figures of history.

Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury is electric, entrancing and candid. The energy he emits is as tangible as if the screen was his stage and we’re the crowd he’s singing to. Everything from the mannerisms and expressions to the vocals and physical transformation demonstrate Malek’s dedication to the role. Boynton (Mary Austin) is earnest in her portrayal as Mercury’s one-time fiancée and lifelong friend, presenting to us the woman who was pivotal in encouraging Freddie’s style and sexuality. Hardy (Roger Taylor), Mazzello (John Deacon), and Lee (Brian May), all give first-class performances, showing the familial camaraderie as band mates, while still supplying their own individual flavour that made Queen a household name.

This film is a visual masterstroke where each frame could be its very own piece of art. A simplistic yet bold colour palette was accompanied by rhythmic pace and composition. And of course the highlight of the film is its killer soundtrack. Out of it all comes a vibrant tale that tells of the rise and fall of a legend. This film reinforces that Queen may belong to us but the presence, purpose and talent that made Freddie Mercury could only belong to the icon himself.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is one that will have you singing along to the classics as you marvel at the making of one of history’s most beloved bands.

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