Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Review: A Injustice to Freddie Mercury
By Livia Peterson
We are in the midst of the awards season and therefore, critics and audiences alike are bombarded with awards bait including the biopics. Bohemian Rhapsody boast production rumors including director Bryan Singer fired and Dexter Fletcher hired to complete the filming and indeed, we cannot ignore this fact.
Farrokh Bulsara (Rami Malek) joins the band Smile to be their lead vocalist and eventually, he is known as Freddie Mercury. Smile is renamed Queen and comprises of the lead guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee), bass guitarist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello), and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy). While Mercury establishes Queen to receive a manager and record contracts, the relationship with Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) flourishes. We see Queen’s inception up until the Live Aid Concert at the Wembley Stadium in 1985.
While Malek’s incredible performance is the glue to the rather conventional narrative, Lee, Mazzello, Hardy, and Boynton’s chemistry is equally astonishing. Bohemian Rhapsody includes many historical inaccuracies such as Mercury is diagnosed with AIDs after the Live Aid concert and the band breaks up. The inaccuracies are able to be initially shrugged off until they become evident during the second act. While the Live Aid concert and the soundtrack are genuinely epic, Bohemian Rhapsody is more a joke than a tribute to Mercury. C-
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