Rami Malek delivers a kind of magic in his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. As a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, which is what was promised, Bohemian Rhapsody is more let me entertain you than the killer queen biopic that it could have been, though to be fair to do their story justice would require a mini series not the movie that we have.
Fortunately director Bryan Singer had one vision for this film, and that was to make it accessible and fun, which it certainly is.
Malek knows how to play the game delivers a performance worth of Freddie, and is supported by a great cast that bring the band to life, as well as a surprisingly good and quite unrecognizable role by Mike Myers who will now be forever known as the man who lost Queen.
Whilst Bohemian Rhapsody is fun, and how could it not be with a soundtrack of Queen’s greatest songs, it’s also an edge of your seats drama, which is surprising, because we all know how it ends. But with Freddie portrayed as a control freak who would get rid of people with a flick of the wrist, and the presence of a man on the prowl whose jealousy almost destroyed everything, the tension is so taut in places you’re left waiting for the hammer to fall.
For me personally, a lapsed Queen fan, and for my wife who never was a fan (she was more of a Spandau Ballet girl, but we won’t hold that against her.), Bohemian Rhapsody delivered the right mix of discovering things we didn’t know, balanced with drama and humour in equal parts and a kicking, singable soundtrack.
It’s not perfect and lacks some depth that many may be looking for, but like the bassline from Another One Bites The Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody is memorable and fun.
Rating: M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Offensove language, sexual references & drug references.