Hot Take: A crowd pleasing celebration of Freddie Mercury, his extraordinary talent and Queen, the band he fronted until his untimely death due to HIV/AIDS. It might not sit well with some how glossy this film appears but Rami Malek is amazing in the lead role and if he’s not a Best Actor candidate, I’m not sure who is.
Taken for granted is the level to which British rock band Queen was groundbreaking in the ’70s and ’80s. One thing Bohemian Rhapsody does well is remind the audience of their musical accolades. There’s another side of the tale, the life of eccentric front man Freddie Mercury, which gets attention but feels like maybe we’re not getting the full picture, at times. Some critics have called the biopic too safe and that’s a fair criticism. Holding a mirror up the Mercury’s life and times isn’t the film’s ultimate goal which may disappoint some audience members but others, especially the crowd I saw the film with on opening night, might just break out into applause and cheer along with some of the well done concert recreations peppered throughout the film. It’s also an amazing feature film breakout performance from Rami Malek, best known for his role as the main character in Mr. Robot. While the film is unlikely to make much noise come Oscar season, Malek should be written in permanent marker under the nominees for Best Actor right now as his portrayal of Mercury is one to remember.Read More →