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Bohemian Rhapsody - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Nov 16, 2018 - 9:45:56 AM

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Fearless Lives Forever.
The story of a world famous band’s meteoric rise to fame due to their now iconic sound and phenomenal lead singer, as they defied long held conventions and shattered stereotypes of that time. We see how the turmoil within the band lead to performances that cemented their legacy in the hearts and minds of people from different walks of life all over the globe from the very young to the very old.

Farrokh Bulsara aka Freddie Mercury becomes the lead vocalist for the rock band Smile which becomes the band Queen and with its rise to super stardom he explores a lifestyle he is unsure of at first. Mary Austin is Freddie’s long time girlfriend who stayed with him as he attempts to find himself in the midst of his rising fame and she must decide where she fits in his new life. Brian May is the lead guitarist, Roger Taylor is the drummer and John Deacon is the bass guitarist for the band and they work with Freddie to come up with a sound that the worldwide audience has never heard before. Paul Prenter is Freddie’s personal manager who indulges his ego with the goal of controlling him and using that familiarity to secure wealth.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot stomping, hand clapping and head bobbing good time that knows the right notes to hit with the audience as it goes through a medley of Queen’s iconic discography. Rami Malek gave a strong portrayal as Freddie Mercury once he got use to the dental prosthetic he wore in his mouth and perfectly mimicked some iconic global performances with the help of the other actors skillfully playing members of the band. Bryan Singer is able to give the film a certain energy with his directing that Dexter Flecher is able to continue with the part of the film he directs but their different styles can be felt in the way certain scenes play out centering on character while others center around story. Anthony McCarten gives us a by the numbers musical biopic that unfolds like an episode of Behind The Music, but it brushes over the faults of the other band members while focusing on specific moments for the lead singer which still fail to scratch the surface of what was really going on during that tumultuous period. The main problem I had with he film is how it played fast and loose with the chronology of events which made the story flow better but would have made the presentation feel more real instead of manufactured if they had stuck to the actual order and trusted the film going audience to follow the authentic occurrences. I rate this film a rating of 3 & 1/2 out of 5.

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