Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen are one of those bands, part anthem and part rock opera, that were so wide-ranging in who they appealed to.  Arguably better in that sense than KISS, a group that anyone who has ever listened to the radio knows, Queen was always front and center focused on their brilliant vocalist Freddie Mercury.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a fitting tribute to the contributions Mercury made to the rock landscape.  Unfortunately not enough, in this movie or otherwise, is done to put in the proper perspective the other members of the band and their amazing sound, ingenuity, and forward drive to succeed.  At times the film seems to be a biopic of Freddie and less about the entire story.

The soundtrack to ‘Bohemian’ is solid and the movie gives just enough to satisfy without going overboard.  It’s difficult to listen to any Queen song and not move along with the music, even more so in a movie house.  The last twenty minutes are emotionally gripping, set up nicely by the first three-quarters of what amounted in total to be a really good film, and gives the viewer an accurate glimpse of what it would’ve been like to see the group live.

This film is exceptionally well cast, probably better than any in recent memory, with a really strong performance from each actor.  It’s evident that, although Queen was more than likely heavily involved in the making of this, serious attention was given to detail.

In all, Queen lives on well-represented in this film and through their music, the reason ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was made to begin with.  It’s fun, doesn’t go on forever, and gets very emotional in the right areas.  The music is loud and the song choices are excellent.  It’s worth watching and emphasizes the fact that Queen is bigger than the band itself.  They are everyone’s band and this should be everyone’s film.  Well done.

Rock on.

 

Rating B+

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