6*; Bohemian Rhapsody

Odd man out? I refer not to Freddie Mercury, but myself, for being little moved by this film while friends and companions liked it much more. “Dislike” would be too strong, so I’ll settle on “disappointed.”

The story-telling could have been much richer. I never came to know other band members, thinking perhaps of “The Doors” (1991) as being better at this. Glimpses of Freddie’s family life were minimalist, compared even to efforts in “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) to portray parent and sibling interactions.  I also would have enjoyed seeing more of the song-development process.

This film was too narrow, focused on the “performer personality” and a complicated lovelife.

Time was not wasted for these reasons: (1) the Live Aid show footage was grand and gripping; (2) acting was solid across the cast, with leads Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton particularly strong; (3) extended song-play through the closing credits felt like the makings of a fun concert.

Lastly, I’ll steal the observation of my friend ‘G’ to note an irony: While this show ridiculed the music industry for dissing the six-minute length of the song from which the title is lifted, the film itself did not find six minutes to provide viewers with a full rendition of the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” My query in response: “Isn’t that what we came to hear and see?”

*(star) ratings are my own … 7*=Seven stars (maximum 10 stars)

3 thoughts on “6*; Bohemian Rhapsody”

  1. I have to say that I was disappointed as well with the movie. I thought there would be more of the interactions that must have taken place within the band and outside during their many years of being at the very very top! Although I loved the LIve Aid concert, I thought it was a little too long for the movie and it did not really add much to the narrative…In any event, as a Queen fan, I had to watch it and with my friends, Queen fans as well, I had to keep silent when they praised the movie as the best thing to come out of Hollywood! Thanks Doug for your insight and tremendous ability to inform!

    1. Your observations are more astute than mine! My impression of “Rhapsody” improved after seeing “Rocket Man,” where even the soundtrack quality was poor while being a strength for the Queen film. The Elton John performance of “Crocodile Rock” was perhaps the only memorable scene … but I digress. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

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