Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

135 min - Drama, Music - 24 October 2018
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Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

Director:  Bryan Singer

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Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.


Collections: Bryan Singer

Genres: Drama, Music

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Language:  English
Release Date:  24 October 2018

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Runtime:  2 h 15 min
Overall
3.8
  • Acting
    (4)
  • Cinematography
    (3.25)
  • Plot/Screenplay
    (3.75)
  • Setting/Theme
    (4.5)
  • Buyability
    (3.75)
  • Recyclability
    (3.25)
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Summary

Bohemian Rhapsody was a heartfelt, family drama that is no different than any other biopic you’ve already seen. As with other biopic films about musicians, the music will be a plus for fans of Queen, or a nice introduction for new listeners. If I had to compare, this movie is no A Star Is Born (2018) but it’s still worth the watch in theaters.

Pros

Well let’s get to the most important thing that’ll stand out for this film. Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury is a major factor that carries this movie from beginning to end. I thought Malek was able to really embody the person of Mercury through his acting and appearance. The funny thing is that if you were like me, and didn’t grow up being very knowledgeable about Queen, then you may be a bit distracted by things like Mercury’s protruding teeth or his lack of facial hair. (You’ll be so happy when he finally grows his mustache.) However, if you are familiar with the famous musician, then you’ll probably be satisfied with how accurately Malek was able to replicate the singer’s look, demeanor, and his unique mannerisms.

Cons

Obviously this is subjective, but I really don’t think this movie did anything drastically different or new than other biopics. As a matter of fact, it felt pretty cookie-cutter and formulaic. I’m not sure if it’s strictly a matter of the cinematography or some other aspect, but you may get the feeling that you’ve seen this movie before.

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