Guest Writer Jhas Williams-Wood, Eagle 97.7
As a millennial, to say that I was out of place in the theatre I went to to see Bohemian Rhapsody was an understatement. The movie which chronicle’s one of the most famous bands of all time, “QUEEN” takes a closer look at the highs and lows of the band’s rise to stardom with a focus on frontman Freddie Mercury.
Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara was a British singer/songwriter known for his flamboyant stage presence and Operatic style. But the movie reveals a deeper, more troubled side to Mercury who died of AIDS virus complications when he was only 45 years old.
Detailing his demons, love interests and most notably his struggle with his sexuality, the audience gets a firsthand look as Freddie goes from one drunken night to the next searching for love and acceptance to fill the only void that being on stage can’t. And what a ride it is. From the opening credits to the closing credits, actor Rami Malek completely embodies the superstar from his mannerisms to his four additional incisors that created a memorable smile.
Here comes the hard part: the critique. The acting, the musical score, the soundtrack- all were phenomenal. But still I couldn’t help but feel something was missing as I left the theatre. Perhaps an element of drama would have satisfied me. The film which opened with $43-$45 million dollars and a PG-13 rating left me feeling… flat in some areas. Whereas others, I was fulfilled. All in all, I’d say 50% of me was completely pleased. But that leaves half of my feelings for the film unanswered for. Which is telling.
Bohemian Rhapsody, for its cinematography, acting, soundtrack and fun was a strong 7/10. The film overall, would have to be a 6/10.
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