Bohemian Rhapsody Bites the Dust

Bohemian Rhapsody Bites the Dust

Sebastian Silvadoray, Reporter


Directed by Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic on the lead singer of the band Queen, Farrokh Bulsara, more commonly known as Freddie Mercury. Though the movie does a good enough job on setting up the relationship between Freddie and his family from the beginning, it gives little to no depth to the past and history of Freddie himself, with the only depth we get later on being skimmed over.

The next introduction is of the character and Freddie’s first and only wife, Mary Austin. Though their screen time together is cut short at times, every scene with her is brilliant. From the foreshadowing with them in the store, to the symbolism of her lying about having a drink. Though, towards the end her already short screen time is cut even shorter but makes an even stronger point.

Right after the meeting with Mary, we get to meet the members of the not yet established band of Queen. Though it can be admitted that the characters are portrayed properly, the sudden inclusion of the fourth member felt forced, so do many other characters, but the acting can not be blamed for this. Acting was this movie’s diamond among coal, with stellar performances from Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton. I truly feel that every character was true to their real life counterpart and their feelings were realistic and believable. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this level of theatre is nothing short of jaw dropping.

Another strong suit was the camera work, with scenes so perfectly shot that it was nothing but B roll telling a story. Not many other movies can say the same. I caught myself in awe of the beautiful framing and scenery multiple times. The crew behind the camera really outdid themselves with every detail, with many things that could have been easily faked being real or so realistic that the fake slipped my eyes.

All in all, this biopic can be herald as a masterpiece in many regards but the writing, though I would wish this would go back into Freddie’s past a bit more or fleshed out character and character relationships more, I can not say it did not have its sparkling moments.