Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Film Review

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury. Not a lot more to describe than that. It seems that everyone I know who has mentioned it on Facebook has loved it, so I guess I’m flying in the face of popular opinion when I say that I really didn’t like it much.

For me, the story was too big for a movie, even a film that goes over 2 hours. I didn’t really enjoy the style of filming, and there were far too many close-ups. I didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters. It just did very little for me. Apart from the live scenes, which were amazing. I struggle with biopics about how factual they are, and what has been changed for dramatic effect. And given that they couldn’t get Freddie’s eye colour right, what else was changed?

What I got from this film is a real desire to see a live concert by Queen in a cinema with a whole bunch of folks, singing at the top of our lungs. I need to clean my house this afternoon, and I know what I’m going to put on for inspiration.

Bohemian Rhapsody won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama (Rami Malek).

 

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