I was so skeptical..I’ll admit it. The first trailer released for this film threw me for a loop. I was already mad Sacha Baron Cohen was no longer attached to the project, so as you can imagine…I was a little nervous going to see this film. "Angie, why were you nervous?" you ask? Well, not only am I a HUGE Queen fan and very protective of Freddie’s legacy, I was also asked to host a Q and A with the cast members in front of a live audience after the screening!!! What if I hated the film? What if it was just awful? How was I supposed to smile and pretend everything was ok?
Talk about pressure!! And adding to my anxiety, I met Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazello right before the movie started…they were all super sweet…and were so excited to see our reaction to them on screen as Freddie Mercury, Brian May and John Deacon!
Well, I’m thrilled to tell you, the movie did NOT suck, and the Q and A went off w/out a hitch.
Rami Malek, who I LOVE in Mr Robot, absolutely did Freddie Mercury justice. In the beginning of the film, I was a little distracted with all the strutting, posing, and pouting.....but who’s to say Freddie wasn’t like that in real life anyway? I wasn’t there, so I got over that pretty fast. It’s an origin story of the band, and an absolute love letter. The band’s finger prints are all over this film, and not in a bad way. We get to see how fun and fun-loving they were with each other. It’s much funnier and cheekier than I expected, and that’s a good thing.
Did they fudge the timeline a little? Sure. However, that’s okay with me if it’s meant to keep the story flowing, which it did. More importantly, they in NO way sugar coat Freddie’s sexuality, his struggles with love and self love, nor the importance of the AIDS disease that eventually took him away from us.
Things I wished were in the film:
Stand out shout outs:
* All four actors who played Mercury, May, Deacon and Taylor.
*The Live Aid performance. Note for note…move for move…gesture for gesture. Perfection.
By the end of Bohemian Rhapsody, I was standing and cheering. No longer sad I never got to see Queen live…this film makes you feel like you have. And that, my friends. Is a GIFT.
Go see this movie if you’re a Queen Fan. Go see this movie if you barely know who they are…I guarantee you will walk out of the theater, a fan.