Bohemian Rhapsody - Review
by Karolina Smolová
Queen’s songs have moved the hearts of people around the world. Decades after the creation of some of the greatest rock hits, director Brian Singer brings Queen’s story onto the big screen and, certainly, aims for multiple award nominations with Rami Malek in the lead role. Bohemian Rhapsody follows the vibrant emotions of Queen’s music. It presents the band’s most famous tracks in the context of Freddie Mercury’s life, and the existence of the band itself in a delicate, graceful, yet energetic manner. The movie leaves the audience moved, speechless, and trapped in the familiar rhythm of Queen’s hits as well as in Freddie’s personal and emotional life story.
Freddie Mercury’s life is familiar to the public. He was undoubtedly talented but was known as an extravagant and troubled singer. His reputation was linked to drugs, wild parties and, later, AIDS. Surprisingly, the movie handles all these topics carefully and only touches them on the surface. Instead, Bohemian Rhapsody portrays the sensitive and lonely soul of Freddie’s character in his private life and his gradual transformation from a talented young man to the stylish and confident worldwide icon. All that is framed by the struggle of the band trying to succeed in the highly competitive music industry.
Rami Malek has successfully merged with Freddie’s appearance, movements, and speech, and he delivers a remarkable performance. Furthermore, all songs are reflected in a biographical context and are cinematographically expressed through appealing editing techniques, various camera angles and colourful schemes. The transpositions between famous songs and the movie narrative expose the lyrics with a new perspective for the viewers. Together with a visualised style and Queen’s music, all this works to create an appealing masterpiece.