2018 ***1/2 135 mins.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with the music of Queen. Some songs of theirs I love to no end (i.e. "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Another One Bites the Dust"), while other songs I despise and can hardly sit through (i.e. "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Bicycle Race"). Likewise, I both love and, well, semi-dislike this film. I think Rami Malek was a terrible choice for Freddie Mercury, I don't think he deserves his Oscar, and I think those fake teeth are ridiculous. Rami Malek has enough of an overbite to his face, that the fake teeth overly exaggerate it, making it laughable. As for telling the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, the film does a fairly serviceable job, even though the first half of the film feels rushed in comparison to the second half. Honestly, I would have loved to have seen more of the development of the band and their iconic music. There's no denying, though, the sheer exuberance generated by the recreation of the band's legendary Live Aid performance. The last 15 minutes of the film are incredible, and sitting in the front row of a theatre while the Live Aid performance is blasting all around you is an experience unlike any other. The film is also noteworthy for Mike Myers playing the record executive who criticizes "Bohemian Rhapsody," saying teenagers will never bang their heads to it! (Myers played in Wayne's World, which made the song and the film iconic due to its headbanging-in-the-car scene.) On the whole, Bohemian Rhapsody is a very good film that is easily watchable. Your level of love and/or respect for the band Queen will help determine your level of infatuation for this film.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Digital)
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug material and language.
Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan