This evening I went along to our local Odeon cinema with Ed and our friends to see the World Premiere screening of Bohemian Rhapsody, the new Queen biopic which has been much anticipated by many. I feel I need to prerequisite this review by mentioning that I am by no means a big Queen fan. I love a lot of their music, but I didn’t go into the film really knowing all that much about Freddie Mercury or the band.
Ed, on the other hand, is a massive fan. He has all their music and has watched countless documentaries all about the band. So, although he was keen to see how the film would portray the band he loves so much, he was also a little concerned that it might not do them justice.
In my opinion the film more than lived up to its hype. It was incredible. It was moving, so moving that a tear slid down my face at the end. It was deep too, really going into depth with Freddie Mercury’s life as the band rose to fame and all the ups and downs he experienced during his time in the spotlight before his untimely death.
The casting was amazing too. Not only did Rami Malek look and act just like Freddie Mercury but the actors who played Brian May and Roger Taylor were also uncanny throughout. Unfortunately I can’t really comment on John Deacon as I didn’t realise there was a fourth member of the band (yes, I know, I know). When you watch the film try and see if you can spot Mike Myers. I knew he was in it as he was interviewed at the start of the premiere screening, but I couldn’t for the life of me work out who it was he was playing! Let’s just say he wasn’t doing his usual role and overacting.
I have been really suffering with my mental health over the past couple of weeks and I did find the film incredibly hard to watch at points. It is clear to see from what is shown in the film that Freddie Mercury suffered with his own mental health, and was at times in his life unbelievably lonely, struggling with so many battles in his own head. I felt that the film touched on a lot of his life which perhaps wouldn’t be well known for somebody of my age who isn’t a huge Queen fan and it was really interesting to learn more not only about his own life but of the band as a group as well.
Although the majority of the film is fairly serious, covering a lot of topics which are hard hitting as well as following the journey of a band who are arguably one of the best of all time and a lead singer who had a rather troubled life, there were parts of the film where the audience laughed out loud, little lighthearted moments which helped to soften scenes which were difficult to watch.
Ed mentioned afterwards that some of the film is a little factually incorrect mainly due to timelines. As the remaining band members helped with the film, I am sure this was done deliberately in order to create a film which showed the story they wanted to share in the most practical way, rather than factual discrepancies, but it is something to bear in mind if you are a die-hard fan going in.
As a film, it felt quite long but not uncomfortably so. I have since looked it up and the running time is at 2 hours, 15 minutes, which is a little longer than average but I would say cutting it down would have been an injustice to the story they were telling. I really enjoyed the film, despite finding it hard to watch in places, and I would go and see it again and buy it when it comes out on DVD as well.
Go, watch, take tissues and ask yourself the question, what is it you actually do with your car?