Queen. You know the music, the voice, but maybe not the story behind the famous lead, Freddie Mercury.
Enter Bohemian Rhapsody, a film directed by Bryan Singer.
Singer addresses fan curiosities like- How did Queen form? How did the band members get along? When did Mercury change his name from Farrokh Bulsara to Freddie Mercury? The new biographical film informs the world of all that and more.
The film doesn’t gloss over details. It doesn’t attempt to claim the band always got along or that they were perfect. In fact, it reveals that they would engage in shouting matches and arguments over whose song would be in a single. Mercury, played by Rami Malek, could be pretty difficult to work with. The film wanted to be real…and real it was. The darkness and flaws made them real people, not characters.
The film also made sure to cover the little things, like May (Gwilym Lee) and Taylor (Ben Hardy)’s previous band, Smile.
And surely some fans enjoyed learning that Freddie Mercury was a cat person and that he would call home while touring and ask to hear his cats.
But don’t be fooled by the cats, the film did not lack rock n’ roll edge. Mercury’s wild sex life was alluded to without being graphic. And while the easy friendship between bandmates was there, their rifts weren’t as clear, so Mercury’s increasing high-handedness didn’t seem as serious a threat to the band as it was.
Malek, though, was a phenomenal actor. Whether he had to be egotistical or insecure, energetic or quiet, he excelled as Freddie Mercury. Malek’s character easily shifts from strutting onstage to charming, yet egotistical offstage. Whatever the scene, Malek excelled.
Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t perfect, but what is? Anything biographical can be difficult to pull off, but this did just fine. A few parts could have been better, but that was no fault of the actors. Overall, it was a sweet homage to the legendary band.