Oscar & BAFTA Best Actor: Rami Malek
Golden Globe Best Film & Actor (drama): Rami Malek
I know. I am shocking myself. As a true Queen fan with a signed album in my possession and numerous live gigs behind me – I have been avoiding this like the plague. I am against all the cashing in after his death, flogging the brand. Just go away with dignity, count your millions and f*ck off.
I love this film. I love Rami’s Freddie. Could John Deacon be more perfectly awkward and boring? Brian’s hair any curlier? Mike Myers – come on, that is genius. Tom Hollander – always great. I won’t even let out of sync timelines and questionable artistic interpretation ruin my vibe. Crank it up, I say. Long live the Queen.
If you’re immune to this music, I don’t want to know you. If you’re immune to Malek, there’s no hope for you.
Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury’s moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek’s intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channelling of Mercury’s hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame.
The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film, and here’s why. I knew Bohemian Rhapsody was a movie that was going to heavily focus on Freddie Mercury over the rest of the band, which I thought was going to feel imbalanced and cringeworthy. But the way his story is presented here makes it seem like his life had the most story to tell. From working at an airport to performing one of the most memorable concerts in history, this film takes you on a decade-long journey that’s well worth your time. I was never bored, because it either wows you with spectacle, engages you with its drama, or has you guessing about where the film is going to take you next. It’s not a perfect movie, but I think I can go as far as to say it’s a perfectly made film in terms of its presentation.
USA 2018, 134 min, rated M (offensive language, sexual & drug references)
Directed by Bryan Singer
Starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander & Mike Myers