As someone who can pull off an identity-changing Freddie Mercury impression, Bohemian Rhapsody was a long-awaited release. It was well worth the wait.
The film follows young Farrokh Bulsara as he begins to form this new, spectacular identity of Freddie Mercury, wanting to join a band that has just lost their singer. The audience gets to experience the trials that come with starting a new band under the fabulous ambition of Freddie’s. I personally loved this behind the scenes approach, especially to their recording process. It showed how wild and unique this band was during its time. Seeing the creation of Bohemian Rhapsody was very special to me. Of course there was a lot of drama in the movie which did have its proper moments, but sometimes it did feel like overkill. However, I’d love to see Rami as Freddie crying in the rain any day. It was totally melodramatic, and I loved it.
First, I applaud whoever cast this film. It’s scary how close the band looks like, well, the band! Gwilym Lee became Brian May, I’m convinced. It’s incredible. Even the other band members, Roger Taylor (played by Ben Hardy) and John Deacon (played by Joseph Mazello), were eerily accurate to their real life counterparts. If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to look it up. It’s wild.
Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury was one of the most beautiful performances I’ve seen in a while. It was clear that he put hours and hours of research into this role, and it shone through in his performance. His movements during the Live Aid performance, especially for Radio Ga Ga, are insanely accurate to the actual performance given by Mercury, even down to the mouth movements.
As much as I enjoyed the film, there was one part that bothered me. In a tender moment, Freddie confesses to Mary Austin that he believes he is bisexual. This identity is then completely washed over and ignored, and the movie appears to show that Freddie is simply gay. As a bisexual woman, this did not sit well with me, especially how quickly the bisexual line was covered back up, never to be addressed again. I believe bisexual representation is extremely important and often goes overlooked in mainstream media. I wish they had stuck with that.
Even so, this movie was incredible, and I loved it. The casting blurred the lines between film and reality, and that moved me to tears. I heavily recommend seeing this film if you can. Stick around for the credits, too. There’s a special experience at the end of the film that had me crying like a baby from all of the pent up emotions gathered throughout the movie.