‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Captures All of Freddie Mercury

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Captures All of Freddie Mercury

Jack Julow, Writer

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Bohemian Rhapsody smashed into theaters last weekend, and critics have been calling it a mixed bag, which correctly describes the film. However, the latest Twentieth Century Fox film has enough flair and fun moments to not label the film a Mercury a biopic. Detailing both the achievements and debauchery of the lead singer, Bohemian Rhapsody dances along the line of its PG-13 rating throughout the film. Freddie Mercury receives an adaptation that represents him perfectly with flaws and all.

The film opens beautifully with Freddie Mercury getting ready for Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance, then it abruptly goes back to the very beginning. Freddie Mercury dreams to be a performer and sees a mediocre band called Smile, which happens to need a new lead singer. I would be able to remember the sequence of events except for one issue that kept me distracted for the first half of the film. One thing you might notice is the fake teeth that Rami Malek cannot act into looking anything but odd and out of place. I understand that Freddie Mercury had very weird teeth, but Rami Malek does not and I don’t think Malek was able to close his mouth with the fake teeth in his mouth the entire time.

Besides the distracting fake teeth, the film does a good job recounting how Queen became a successful band with Mercury’s innovative ideas and the other band members continually grounding him. The Live Aid scene, although a bit excessive, marks the high point of the film with Malek’s performance cementing as one of the greatest of all time. Queen’s music saturates the film with certain songs playing even though the scene may have nothing to do with the song, which honestly helps distract audiences from the lackluster script and unorthodox editing.

There’s one line in the film that really describes this movie; “There’s only enough room for one hysterical queen in his band.” Freddie Mercury is the only character to receive more than one dimension and that includes the other characters that played band members. Bohemian Rhapsody does well with its lead character, yet unfortunately suffers from bland side characters. Mercury’s ex-wife plays too small a role in the film and would have been able to add much-needed nuance to the story. Instead, the writers subjected her character.

Bohemian Rhapsody is currently playing in theaters.

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