REVIEW: Bohemian Rhapsody

After about eight years of impatient waiting, the Queen movie is finally hitting theaters. Bohemian Rhapsody had a dramatic past, not unlike Freddie Mercury himself, but it’s finally here to rock us.

Rami Malek stars as Freddie in the biopic film which follows the story of the band from their days playing at Universities through to their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. When on stage, singing, and perfoming, Malek’s portrayal of Mercury is spot on. It’s almost like Mercury himself has risen from the grave to give us all one last show. Unfortunately, for at least the first half of the two hour and fifteen minute movie, it’s hard not to see Malek. But at some point, it switches and Malek is gone leaving us only Mercury.

Regardless, Bohemian Rhapsody is a moving film with tremendous performances, all the Queen songs you love, and a beautiful story of love and family.

Bohemian Rhapsody is rated PG-13 and hits theaters November 2nd.

About Bohemian Rhapsody:

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. 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.

— Yael Tygiel