A review of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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This is the story of Queen from 1970 to 1985, from when there was only Brian May & Roger Taylor in a little band called Smile, right up to Queen's powerhouse performance at Live Aid where they stole the show. I'll admit I'm going to be biased here & I may well run out of superlatives, but this film was superb from beginning to end.

 

I smiled, I laughed, I tapped my feet & sang along quietly to the excellent soundtrack &, yes, I cried too. Everything about this film was spot on, the style & look of it, the clothes ( & in Freddie's case, the costumes ), the reenactment of gigs, it was all there.

 

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Yes, this is a 12A certificate, so it's a slightly watered down version of some of the events, such as Freddie's notorious parties, but it doesn't detract from the film.

 

The casting people did an amazing job, there are times when you feel you are actually watching Queen, but extra kudos go to Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, he became Freddie, he was absolutely brilliant & really should win an award for his performance.

 

This was a wonderful trip down memory lane for me having been a fan of Queen since 1974 & seeing them live six times, but I didn't see them live at Live Aid. In fact, I was working that day & barely made it home in time to see them perform.

 

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This is where the film ends, with an exact reenactment of their 20-minute show right down to the tiniest detail, & it is incredible & mesmerising to watch, I was totally blown away by how they achieved this.

 

A lot must be down to having Brian & Roger on board as consultants, it really helped the whole film. So, as you can tell, I loved it, a definite 5/5 & my film of the year.

 

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By @merv60