‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ gives a beautiful glimpse of Freddie Mercury (review)

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“Fortune favors the bold.”

There are few facts in life that will always remain constant: taxes will always suck, root canals are not fun and Queen will always be the epitome of anthemic rock music. Many have come and gone, trying to foot the bill left behind by one of the most iconic voices of our modern age, and have come up short. Besides the insane guitar riffs, killer drum beats and profound bass lines, one of the most stand-out facets of the band was its boisterous and talented leading man, Freddie Mercury.

Many knew him as the frontman, and the story of his life behind the scenes has been told by many. Now, fans of the British rocker have an intimate glimpse of the life and struggles of one Farrokh Bulsara, aka Freddie Mercury, in the latest biopic film, Bohemian Rhapsody!

Directed by Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

“Your life is going to be very difficult.”

Bryan Singer, a director who has made a name for himself in Fox’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, is billed as the director of the film. This is notable because of the apparent issues that surfaced from reports coming the set, resulting in the firing of Singer from his role. Despite all this, the film still holds a strong vision for life story of Freddie Mercury, giving fans a beautiful insider view of his life at the top. For whatever reasons Singer was released from the film, the fact of the matter is that the film remains to be a profound exposition of the singer’s life, not shying away from the grittier parts.

The film holds a phenomenal cast of performers, sharing beaming likenesses of their real-life counterparts, starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers. The entire cast stands out as stellar performers in this film, mirroring every aspect of Freddie’s life with ease and likeness, without having to use the actual people. From every performance to every mannerism, the actors playing Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and of course Freddie Mercury hit every note perfectly in the film.

“I’ve got to make an impression, darling.”

A couple other things to seriously highlight in the film is the choreography and sound design. Among the music that ripples through every scene of Bohemian Rhapsody, the look of Freddie Mercury as well as the rest of the band had to be on point. British choreographer and movement coach Polly Bennett worked closely with Rami Malek to ensure every motion and facial gesture mirrored Freddie Mercury precisely. The Live Aid concert scene -in particular- is incredible! If you watch a side-by-side of the film and a recording of the concert, the movements are mirrored so perfectly.

The sound design for the film is phenomenal, giving viewers everything short of a true to life Queen performance. As if the legend himself recorded his parts for the film, the team behind the sound worked around the clock to give the best offering to fans around the world. Between seamless mixes of Rami Malek and Canadian singer Marc Martel, and cuts from the songs we all know and love, Bohemian Rhapsody serves moviegoers a perfect love letter to the ears of everyone experiencing the film.

“We’re family. We believe in each other. That’s everything.”

Yes, Bohemian Rhapsody truly does embody the life and trials of Freddie Mercury, but it also celebrates the impact Freddie and Queen have had on the world. The film crescendoes into what can only be described as a fond farewell to the man who changed the face of rock music, silently saying goodbye with a defiant fist in the air. Bohemian Rhapsody is undoubtedly going to be a strong contender for awards, a strong contender for box office numbers and a strong contender for best film of the year, hands down. So get ready for a great film, as Bohemian Rhapsody will totally rock you in your seats!

Rating: 5/5 Atoms

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