Reviewing Bohemian Rhapsody | A Freddie Mercury Biopic
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello,
Director: Bryan Singer
The test for any director putting together a biopic is to find the equilibrium between making sure the viewers have been given every minute they want to see and hear with respect to the subject’s public identity while pulling back the curtains adequately to probe deep into more private matters. Bryan Singer — a director well known for comic book-inspired movies — has found that perfect balance in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Bryan Singer’s scrutiny of the artistic and destructive nature of genius through Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and Queen helps the audience to understand the musical madness of the band and the emotional insanity Mercury dealt with throughout his career. He passed away in 1991 at the young age of 45 from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.
Bohemian Rhapsody begins with Mercury (who was still being called by his given name of Bulsara) as he takes over the role as lead singer of a local bar band in 1970 and continues through the greatest performance by the band playing Live Aid in 1985.
The time in-between was an iconic rise to distinction and splendor built around Mercury’s incredible vocals and the band’s demands to remain fresh. While the film is built around the band as the overriding theme, it does bring to light the deepest and darkest core is the tale of Mercury.
As for Malek, it wasn’t at all easy for him playing the singer as he had to show the glorified large life moments in Mercury’s life coupled with the times that sent him into a deep misery.
His performance is not a flawless parody (the vocals are a mix of Malek and other sources) but he has captured the spirit of Mercury with so much power that he captivates the audience. This is the kind of effort that should get consideration from Oscar voters.
Reviewing Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody is in cinemas now.
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