Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review
After much anticipation and waiting, I eventually got to see the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. My NO SPOILERS Bohemian Rhapsody Movie review is below.
This has been a film I have been waiting to see for over 8 years. In 2010 Brian May hinted that they would be doing a biopic about Queen. It is now here, as Bohemian Rhapsody.
At the cinema where I went to see it, there were people in their 60s, there was a mum and her your 10 year old daughter, there were a group of young boys no older than 12 who came unaccompanied…. basically, Bohemian Rhapsody is attracting an audience of established Queen fans and people who are only now discovering the music of the band we know and love.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a story of Queen… 4 misfits playing for other misfits who feel they don’t belong, the band who played for the outcasts at the back of the room. The movie portrays Love, Tragedy, Joy … and something the people feels belongs to them.
There are going to be no spoilers here until the film is more widely seen as I am aware many Queen fans don’t want the Magic of the movie ruined before everyone has a chance to see it. For now I will describe what I liked about the film.
The film opens with Freddie walking out onto the stage at Live Aid. The story then goes back to Smile and how Freddie became a singer with Brian and Roger. Now there is a bit of licence taken here, a few things skipped over in the Queen chronology but it works. Even Rami Malek who plays Freddie Mercury admitted that there was some artistic license taken with timelines.
You then see Queen perform songs like Seven Seas of Rhye in the studio. They are playing around with the now famous Queen sound. “We need to get experimental” says Brian.
As the band becomes more famous we see them on Top of the Pops with Killer Queen. Amazingly the recreation of Killer Queen is so exact I had goosebumps. Eventually you see Queen on tour in the USA.
Since this is the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie it would be expected that we spend a good 30 minutes on the recording of this iconic song. It is a very funny section with Roger asking “how many more Gallelios do you want?” and saying “if I go any higher only dogs will hear me”. I’m always looking at musicians to see if they are actually playing the instruments but Rami seems to have been taught which keys to press for Bohemian Rhapsody. The B flat section was correct followed by the Gm etc. So top marks for accuracy to detail.
The USA tours section was well done but I felt the tacky graphics with the town names took a small bit from the overall feeling of the movie. It is only a small thing but they could have done the same thing with road signs , eg. Welcome to Arkansas etc.
I did note that We will Rock you was listed as 1980 on the timeline and Freddie had a moustache which he didn’t have at the time of recording. Again, it’s not a documentary. Brian was recently quoted as saying about the movie that “it’s a tapestry” so it allows for artistic license.
The Hot Space part of the movie shows cracks and the movie shows more of Freddie’s personal life. There is a bit of time spent in Munich as Freddie records his solo projects.For me this was a bit harder to work as you see Queen starting to rift apart with some influence from Paul Prender. I’m not going to say much more for fear of saying too much about the movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review – The Live Aid Sequence
What I will say is that the the Live Aid reconstruction is phenomenal. You get to experience Live Aid almost for real. The camera work is amazing. The band performance is excellent and the emotions run high. I had lumps in the throat and my eyes glassed up with a teary ‘oh my god’ feeling. It is amazing. For me this is The Best Time Travel Experience Ever ! We all have seen the footage of Freddie and Co on stage at Live Aid but to be up there with them is mind blowing.
The casting of Brian May and Freddie Mercury is exactly as you would have expected. Infact, the movie version Brian could be Brian gone back in time, if it was possible. I also think at certain points Rami has become Freddie. Great performance for Rami and co. Lots of nods to familiar things in Queen history.
Overall it’s a fantastic film and a must for every Queen fan. I felt it dropped a small bit in the middle when Freddie ran his house parties but again, it’s part of the actual story of his life. I am not going to give a percentage rating, as every person will get something different from the film. For me it was the musical performances, the humour and seeing the family of Brian, Freddie, Roger and John form and grow Queen.
I hope you enjoyed my Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review and if you have seen it please leave a ‘non spoiler’ comment below and don’t forget to leave your overall rating for Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie.
The Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer is below if you want to wet your appetite (if you have not yet seen it).
The Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack is also available on download, Spotify, vinyl, CD and also a very retro cassette.