The Show Must Go On: Bohemian Rhapsody Review

You don’t realize how much of a legacy someone can leave behind only until they’re gone. A person that can have an impact on the world or touch hearts even after they’re gone. That’s the ultimate legacy and one that’s certainly celebrated in full in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

The rock band Queen took the world by storm in the 70s, 80s and beyond. Although rock legend Freddie Mercury passed in the 90s due to complications with AIDs, his legacy lives on through his music made with fellow band members and in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

You’d be lying if you said you didn’t immediately look up songs or videos by Queen after watching the film. Despite the struggles both Freddie and the band faced getting to the top, falling (as portrayed in the film) and then getting back up again, you can also see Bohemian Rhapsody as a feel-good film and celebration.

Controversy around the ‘realness’ of a biopic is always present and has had many viewers question the facts of Bohemian Rhapsody despite original Queen members working closely alongside the film. Unfortunately, I do understand where people are coming from, especially the dedicated fans, but at the end of the day, film is fiction and fiction will be altered for the benefit of film, dramatic purposes or simply if the narrative doesn’t work any other way.

Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie, is worthy of his praise and awards. What I love about biopics is how a lot more detail is put into the ‘character’. The actor or actress doesn’t just recite lines, they must study tone, voice, facial expressions, walk and mannerisms. Plus, real ‘characters’ have colour and vibrancy too, as opposed to more black and white fictional characters.

It’s raw and real celebration of the world’s greatest rock bands makes Bohemian Rhapsody one of the must-see films of 2018/2019.

4/5