REVIEW: Bohemian Rhapsody flourishes with flavour

The only thing better than a film about Queen is the fact that they cast the perfect person to personify everything that is frontman Freddie Mercury.

Rami Malek — known from TV show Mr. Robot — is a ravishing, radiant and revolutionary sight as the eccentric, flamboyant Mercury.

He is so good — he embodies Mercury so flawlessly — that we forget he’s playing a part.

We follow Malek — quite literally because we can’t take our eyes off him — as Queen embarks on a journey that spans decades.

It moves from the formative years, Freddie’s join-up, and all the way through to Queen’s appearance at Live Aid in 1985.

It’s a spectacular, showy endeavour, and although director Bryan Singer (who remains credited) left set for undisclosed reasons mid-shoot, you can tell this is his style.

The man behind the original X-Men films as well as The Usual Suspects brings his signature flair aboard here, and it’s welcomed.

The set-pieces are gorgeous, the music is magical, and we feel transported to a live Queen show.

But make no mistake, this is Rami Malek’s show, and he and Mercury’s essence make Bohemian Rhapsody the outlandish success that the film truly is.

4/5 Stars

 

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