The Watchman

Bohemian Rhapsody - looks like real life, escapes from reality

October 30, 2018
The Watchman
Bohemian Rhapsody - looks like real life, escapes from reality
The Watchman
Bohemian Rhapsody - looks like real life, escapes from reality
Oct 30, 2018
The Watchman
This is a review of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody about the band Queen
Show Notes Transcript

It’s been almost a decade since the idea of making a movie about #Queen’s rise to fame was mentioned by guitarist Brian May. Initially Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame was in discussions with May to play Freddie Mercury. Talks fell down early on with Cohen criticising May of wanting to protect the brand rather than release a warts and all biopic. After seeing the final product, Borat might have had a point.

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Speaker 1:
History will be very kind to the surviving members of queen because it seems that they are the ones who have written it.
Speaker 1:
It's been almost a decade since the idea of making a movie about Queens rise to fame was mentioned by guitar. Brian May, initially Sacha Baron Cohen of boar at fame was in discussions with me to play Freddie Mercury talks, fell down early on with co and criticizing may of wanting to protect the brand rather than release a watson all biopic of to seeing the final product bore at might've had a point decks to Fletcher of Eddie. The Eagle fame was signed to direct. He quit in 2014 after falling out with producer Graham King and they hired Bryan singer who was responsible for the x men movies and the usual suspects. Three weeks before they would have wrapped filming, Singer left the production to quote return to the US to deal with pressing health matters. Concerning one of my parents. The studio decided not to wait for him to come back and rehired Dexter Fletcher to finish the movie. In spite of this, Brian Singer still receives the sole credit as director green guitars to Brian May and drama. Roger Taylor are the custodians of Queens legacy, and by default, the memory of Freddie Mercury, they have said they get one shot to make this movie, and if they don't do it, someone else will do it badly. Bohemian rhapsody is a condensed retelling of the band's history, painted with a very broad strokes, heavily influenced by May and Taylor's point of view. The embellishments made in the name of storytelling have polarized fans
Speaker 2:
full of misfits who don't belong to get that for other misfits, outcasts right here at the back of the room. I'm pretty sure they don't belong. We belong to them.
Speaker 1:
Well, I don't really think that you can spoil something based on actual events you have been warned. There's minus spoilers from here on in the story charts. Queens rise to fame from formation to the iconic live aid performance in 1985. It's a lot to cram in to two and a bit hours. If you haven't seen the actual footage from live aid, make sure you do before you see the film.
Speaker 3:
Speaker 1:
I'm sure band members, Brian, may, Roger Taylor and John are interesting people in their own right, but can anyone star burn brighter then Freddie Mercury's? Of course not. So the film focuses primarily on Freddy, how he came to join the band, his dynamic he's influences in his life, the bands meteoric rise to fame, him coming to terms with his sexuality, how he straight into solo territory and his triumphant return at live aid and yeah, you do get a watered down, a bridge version of the band's history, told on a need to know basis where the truth is secondary to a cool story, and this is where most of the criticism comes from. Minor gripes about fictitious record label owners inserted for comic relief contention around his solo career when may and Taylor also had solo projects that weren't mentioned in the Moody and a major embellishment that has upset a lot of people regarding Freddy's aids diagnosis. The film shows Mercury formally diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. He reveals this to the band prior to their performance at live aid, which adds incredible white to the final act of the movie, and that apparently didn't happen. History tells us that Freddie did not receive that diagnosis until 1987, and I can appreciate why that may not sit well with people, but I don't think this is intended to bring any disrespect.
Speaker 4:
Could you tell us about the room is consenting of sexuality. You don't make decisions for your life, just keep difficult family.
Speaker 1:
Where this movie really shines is with the music and the recreation of some iconic moments in the band's career. Having may and Taylor onboard onboarders creative consultants and music directors ensures that the music sits atop everything else. Almost unlike the plot, the attention to detail with costumes and the stage sets are spot on and the cast are all dead ringers for their real life. Counterparts willingly, practically is Brian May. Ben Hardy is great as Roger Taylor and Joseph Muzzillo moves through all the iterations of John Bacon's hairstyles seamlessly. Lucy Boynton is a heat as Freddy's first love Mary Austin, the front man who carries the weight of this entire film on his shoulders, however, is rommy malick with he's transcended. We'll trial of Freddy. He's performance is so powerful from early scenes where he's writing Bohemian rhapsody and moved to tears by what he has created to the final perfect recreation of the live aid performance. He successfully channels the essence of Freddy and captures his ability to blow audiences away. Imagine thousands of people doing this. What's the lyric?
Speaker 1:
They're saying it's just another cliched biopic, and while Queen never followed a formula musically, I would argue that the rock and roll lifestyle that they lived absolutely was a cliche. I Nitpick Bohemian rhapsody watching through jaded, cynical eyes, but there was a point at the end of the film where I had a moment in that moment through the power of Malik's performance, I felt the impact of what a truly unique, vulnerable and incredibly prolific talent Freddie Mercury was. I worked out. I was actually enjoying this movie and then I missed his music much more than I ever really knew. I don't think Bohemian rhapsody tries to do anything more than build on the myth and celebrate Queens incredible music. In the absence of hearing Freddy side of the story, I'll settle for that over a table. He said she said biography. Any Day Bahamian rhapsody gets four out of five.
Speaker 5:
Do it again. One more. How many more Galileo's?
Speaker 1:
Oh yeah. There's only room in this band for one hysterical queen. Don't forget to subscribe. Tell me what you think. Leave a comment and if you want more straight shooting reviews, head on over to the dot a u.

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