Bohemian Rhapsody movie review


Joan Frias Montes

Since I was 15 years old, rock music was a new and soon to become big part of my life. I started listening to the classics like Led Zeppelin, Tool, Black Sabbath and Guns N Roses.

Among these bands I started to listen to Queen. I instantly loved the way the band played and the voice of Freddie Mercury. I have listened to the band Queen ever since, and have learned about the artists’ lives before and after they formed Queen.

So just imagine how excited I was when they announced they would be making a movie about it. I couldn’t wait until it came to our theater, but I was also a bit worried that they might mess up the movie in a way. I wasn’t the only one who was a little worried, considering that some of the movies that Bryan Singer (the director of “Bohemian Rhapsody’’) directed were not box office successes, receiving low scores. I don’t have anything against the guy apart from his strange ways of adapting and eliminating comic characters in the X-Men series and other movies.

Compared to his X-Men series, Bohemian Rhapsody seems like it was directed by another person. The story was very easy to follow and everything that happens within the 3-hour film is laid out in a great fashion. I would say that this is one of my favorite films that Bryan Singer has produced in recent years.

This movie is a biographical film that follows Freddie Mercury, also known as Farrokh Bulsara, who is played by Rami Malek. It starts in 1970 until 1985 when they played at the Live Aid to raise money for charity. This movie is filled with ups and downs with a splash of romance. The singing, although slightly altered, still sounded like the original cover.

Rami played the role of Freddie so-o-o well, that it made it seem almost as if he actually was him. It’s been a long time since an actor played a role so well that I almost forgot what the actual character (Freddie Mercury) looked like.

Bryan Singer did a really good job directing this movie. The conversations that these characters had did not seem like they were from a script— they felt like actual, flowing conversations. I have seen so many movies where the characters are having a conversation and it feels like they are just reading the script.

Basic things like these and blocking are so important and so well done that once again it just seems natural. Something this movie does really well is the ending, more specifically the way it honors this great band. Even though I already knew what was going to happen, the ending was so perfectly directed that it was both happy and sad. It was a very strong ending and nothing like I’ve ever felt before. I usually don’t get emotional at a movie but this time it was different. I actually felt like I was with the band from start to finish.