‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the champion in theaters
Showing the legacy of a band as well known as Queen is challenging, and even more challenging is emulating the charismatic nature of Freddie Mercury. Despite this challenge, “Bohemian Rhapsody” encapsulates the soul of Queen and is a must-watch celebration for all musicians and artists. Although it suffers some pacing issues, “Bohemian Rhapsody” more than makes up for it with the passionate acting and a rock-and-roll-filled score that is bound to make all audience members move along with the music.
The film follows the life of Mercury (Rami Malek) as he transforms from a bag mover at Heathrow Airport into the lead singer of Queen, while battling with his own issues of personal identity. The film insightfully explains how many hit songs were created, such as “We Will Rock You,” which was created to give the audience the ability to participate in Queen’s performance. Furthermore as the film progresses, Freddie struggles with his own sexuality as he realizes that he is bisexual and must deal with the media’s prying eye on his personal life.
Malek’s performance as Mercury anchored the film as he perfectly exuded Mercury’s charismatic nature and, above all, showed what Mercury was like as a performer. Through his body posture and the delivery of his lines, Malek blurs the line between himself and Mercury, creating a three-dimensional character that all audience members can relate to. “Bohemian Rhapsody” not only shines with its acting, but also uses music to increase the effectiveness of the storytelling.
As a movie focusing on a band, the music is bound to be memorable, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” also uses Queen songs to help convey the emotional quality of the movie. For example, the film uses the song “Somebody To Love” not only when Mercury first falls in love, but when Mercury comes to term with his sexual identity. However, the main problem stems from its inconsistent pacing as the movie begins incredibly fast, then drastically slows down before the final act.
In the end, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a victory for musicians, Queen fans and audience members alike as its charasamatic acting and British charm propel the movie through the life of Mercury and Queen. Even with some of the pacing issues, “Bohemian Rhapsody” ambitiously takes on the story of Queen and shows that true art can only be made by taking risks.