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Bohemian Rhapsody

2018
 4.0
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 Written by
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 Directed by
Bryan Singer



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 Release Date
October 24, 2018

 Runtime
2 hours and 15 minutes (135 minutes)

 Cast
Rami Malek
  Freddie Mercury
Gwilym Lee
  Brian May
Ben Hardy
  Roger Taylor
Joseph Mazzello
  John Deacon
Lucy Boynton
  Mary Austin
Aidan Gillen
  John Reid
Allen Leech
  Paul Prenter
Tom Hollander
  Jim Beach
Mike Myers
  Ray Foster
Aaron McCusker
  Jim Hutton
Meneka Das
  Jer Bulsara
Ace Bhatti
  Bomi Bulsara
Priya Blackburn
  Kashmira Bulsara
Max Bennett
  David
Dermot Murphy
  Bob Geldof
Dickie Beau
  Kenny Everett
Jack Roth
  Tim Staffell
Neil Fox-Roberts
  Mr. Austin
Jess Radomska
  Cheryl
Michelle Duncan
  Shelley Stern
Ross Green
  Reporter 1
Bruce Mackinnon
  Reporter 2
Joshua Higgott
  Reporter 3
Pat Lally
  Reporter 4
William Owen
  Reporter 5
Philip Andrew
  Reinhold Mack
Tim Plester
  RT Baker
Felipe Bejarano
  Brazilian Crewman
Kieran Hardcastle
  Heathrow Baggage Handler
Martin Oelbermann
  German TV Journalist
Ian Gabriel Dumdum
  Hospital Doctor
Matt Greenwood
  Young Man at Clinic
Royce Cronin
  TV Director
James MacLaren
  A & R Man
Andrew Bowerman
  Smile Audience Member
Drew P.
  Live Aid Organiser
Haf Gibson
  Roger's Girlfriend 1
Honor Hellon
  Roger's Girlfriend 2
Rosy Benjamin
  Dominique
Leila Crerar
  Chrissie
Katherine Newman
  Veronica
Adam Rauf
  Young Farrokh Bulsara
Peter Howe
  Engineer at Studio
John Ottman
  Live TV Director
James Wallace
  Technical Director
Matthew Houston
  Larry Mullen Jr. (uncredited)
Scott Morrison Watson
  Steve (uncredited)
Devlin Lloyd
  Floor Manager (uncredited)
Stefan Kopiecki
  Video Producer (uncredited)
Garry Summers
  Voice Doctor (uncredited)
Matthew Fredricks
  Freddie's Lover (uncredited)
Ian Jareth Williamson
  Freddie's Former Lover (uncredited)
Adam Lazarus
  Raver (uncredited)
Johanna Thea
  VIP Party Guest (uncredited)
Adam Lambert
  Man at Truck Stop (uncredited)


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Bites the dust
By Jack Anderson on February 22, 2019
 4

BIOPRODUCT
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a typical average Hollywood biopic product, a bioproduct, telling a more or less precise and packaged story but failing to even scratch the surface. As usual, band members are uninteresting secondary characters, while the main protagonist is heavily featured but nowhere to be seen. Do I know anything more about Freddy Mercury after having watched this 2 hours and 15 minutes film? Not at all. That's why documentaries or biographies are usually much more interesting. You can try to add as much make-up as you want, our eyes and soul crave for reality, the same way we cannot sustain watching an add-lip so-called performance.

THE PROCESS OF IDEAS
One thing I particularly disliked was the scenes in which the band was creating music. Actually, they were more discovering God-like songs, as if those were given in multiple Eureka! moments. As a musician myself, there is definitely a beyond beautiful moment where you find "it". But it comes from working, not from sitting around and suddenly getting "it" just by thinking about it. You sit behind a piano, start playing and when doing the work, it comes. You don't look at the sky and get hammered by a hit song. It was even worse when the band is telling the music producer that they will perform a magnificent Opera-like album, without having even worked anything yet and with the certainty of an album that was actually already produced. This is the post-everything movie. You can sense that it has been frabricated based on an already existing storyline.

NO STORY
But to me, the worst thing of all is very simple, and you may not have thought about it while watching the film. What was the actual story of the movie? What was the morale? Any story must say something, or maybe even purposely saying nothing. But here, it doesn’t purposely decides to tell nothing, it actually tries so much to say something, but there’s really nothing at all. Is it Freddy Mercury having a wife and keeping her as a friend? Not so much. Is it about Mercury finally getting the approval of his father? Nope.
Even though the movies The Doors (Oliver Stone) and Gainsbourg : Vie Héroïque (Joann Sfar) were not critically acclaimed, at least those films actually told a story, usually through the lense of something original: the spiritual nature of Jim Morrison in the first and the darker side of Serge Gainsbourg, literally following him from his childhood.

STILL... FUN
But clearly, as a big fan of Queen - who isn't? - I had fun watching the film, and I must admit that the last sequence at the Live Aid concert was really joyful.

SUMMARY
I give it 4 out of 10. A typical Hollywood biopic, with the exact same qualities and problems.

And by the way, "I'm In Love With My Car" is an excellent song...


Gimly

If _Bohemian Rhapsody_ is so great, why was the best part of it Tom Hollander saying a single word? Don't get me wrong, Rami Malek deserves props for the role, that much is true (less perhaps than he's been getting, but still, props). But beyond that, _Bohemian Rhapsody_ is bland, choppy, arguably even offensive. There **might** be some value in one of those sing-along type deals if you can get enough Queen fans together for one, but I'll never know, because I have no interest in re-watching this.

_Final rating:★★ - Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product._


Gimly

If _Bohemian Rhapsody_ is so great, why was the best part of it Tom Hollander saying a single word? Don't get me wrong, Rami Malek deserves props for the role, that much is true (less perhaps than he's been getting, but still, props). But beyond that, _Bohemian Rhapsody_ is bland, choppy, arguably even offensive. There **might** be some value in one of those sing-along type deals if you can get enough Queen fans together for one, but I'll never know, because I have no interest in re-watching this.

Final rating:★★ - Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product.


Richard_a_Kirk

Bohemian Rhapsody is not a biography of Freddie Mercury, nor a biopic of Queen. It's a story based on a selection of key events occurring between the formation of the band and their appearance at Live Aid.
As a Queen fan I found this film utterly engrossing and enjoyable. The acting brilliantly invokes the characters in the band and the music provides a thumping rhythm to carry the story along.
Queen aficionados may be affronted by the out of sequence music performances and the highly selective approach to the story telling but if you can see past that, you'll enjoy a storming film with a spine-tingling conclusion as the Live Aid performance is brilliantly recreated.



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