By Mike Daniewicz
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a 2018 biopic film about the legendary band Queen that primarily focuses on the band’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Overall, the movie was okay. It was well-made and well-acted, but was overall mediocre, and perhaps for some, underwhelming.
A large part of this could come from the troubled production behind the scenes. Production started as far back as 2011, with Sacha Baron Cohen set to play Mercury. However, over the years, numerous changes happened with the screenplay, directing and actors. Sadly, it shows in the final product.
The pacing of the movie is all over the place. The first half hour, which was supposed to show the beginning of Queen as a band, felt completely rushed to point where it was hard to tell how much time had actually passed. The second and third act do fix this, but it does not change the fact that the first act felt like reels were missing from the projector.
As with other biopics, the changes to the history of Queen are also very noticeable to fans who know the history of the band. While this may have been changed for dramatic purposes, it can be a detractor for some people. Sadly, a lot of the drama in the movie does hinge on events that did not happen or were changed for the film’s purposes.
However, the film has two saving graces. The first is the acting. The performance from Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury was excellent casting. He nearly perfectly matches Mercury’s look and singing voice. He shines in this movie and could possible gain an Oscar nomination. The acting from both Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, the band’s drummer, and Gwilym Lee as Brian May, the band’s guitarist, were also great. Everyone seemed to be playing off Malek, making the actors feel like they were in a band together. Joseph Mazzello was good as John Deacon, making all eight lines he had count.
The movie’s saving grace were the scenes that showed Queen and their music. The scenes from the concerts and the creative process in the studios show the legacy of Queen’s music and make the movie worth seeing in theaters.
All in all, the movie is okay. It’s well-made and objectively good. It was not terrible, but it was not great either. Sadly, it was not the Queen movie fans deserved. Fans may enjoy it for the music, but the story could have been better.