& # 39; Bohemian Rhapsody & # 39; It is a celebration of Queen, her music and her extraordinary singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and broke the convention to become one of the most beloved artists on the planet.
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In "Bohemian Rhapsody" In the film, there is a sequence in which the screen is dotted with all the harsh words that critics had on the day for the song "Bohemian Rhapsody", which ends with "perfectly adequate".
That's the kindest thing that can be said about Queen's new biopic (★★ of four, rated PG-13, in theaters across the country on November 2) and also the most damning. Apart from a solid work by Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot") as magnetic leader Freddie Mercury, a few exciting musical sequences and a couple of moments of real greatness, the film is mainly a painting by numbers behind the music. from the iconoclastic British rock band.
"Rhapsody" makes a map of Queen's history from the early days of the group in the early 1970s through his epic show of theft in Live Aid 1985. Before being a rock god, Mercury worked as a manager luggage at the airport when he met guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) on the same night that his lead singer resigns. "Do you play the bass?" They ask. "No," affirms mercury unequivocally.
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His flamboyant on-stage presence and star singing quickly win over the crowd, as well as the fashionista Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), who becomes Mercury's best friend and lover. At home, however, he is only the immigrant Parsi Farrokh Bulsara. The character of the rock star is not as good as his traditionalist father (Ace Bhatti), who preaches "good thoughts, good words, good deeds" about grooming with a microphone.
With the addition of bassist John Deacon (Joe Mazzello), the band captures the imagination of the world with songs like "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Killer Queen". When the opera "Bohemian Rhapsody" appears in 1975, the musicality and brotherhood of Queen are tested in the best sequence of the film, where they experiment to create their dynamic number and then have to sell him a record label executive (Mike Myers). (The faithful of "Wayne's World" will appreciate a single line).
Directed by Bryan Singer (who was fired three weeks before production ended, with Dexter Fletcher finishing), "Rhapsody" makes some baffling decisions, mainly in the way he treats Mercury homosexuality. Because it's probably unknown to many occasional fans, his romance with Austin occupies a disproportionately large part of the movie. There is no indication that he is gay until well into the movie, when he reviews a boy who goes to the bathroom, and even after they separate, she is still an object of his affections. Personal manager Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) approaches Mercury, but is a poison within the band and, ultimately, Freddie's relationship with Jim Hutton (Aaron McCusker) is a stabilizing force, a necessity after He diagnoses AIDS. (Mercury died in 1991 at age 45).
Bandmates Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy, from the left), Brian May (Gwilym Lee), John Deacon (Joe Mazzello) and Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) put the operatic voice for their song on "Bohemian Rhapsody". (Photo: ALEX BAILEY / FOX OF THE 20TH CENTURY)
Malek resembles the look of the Mercury suit and the cat suit, and while the fake teeth (which simulate the overexcitement of the legend) do half the work, this is an outstanding performance instead of an impression of karaoke (To capture Mercury's quintessential voices, Queen's recordings were used, as well as a sound and Malek himself).
He does not have the unmistakable energy and arrogance of Mercury, but then, who has it? What does not help is the archive file of the real Mercury that completely owns "Do not stop me now" as the credits accumulate, a bittersweet reminder that it was unique in its class.
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Because it delves into Queen's greatest hits, "Rhapsody" has an absolutely murderous soundtrack, and Malek and his screen bandmates make those parts look decent, culminating with a fairly long time on stage of Live Aid. In any other year, the performances may be memorable, but they pale in comparison to the jams of that other musical in the theaters at this time, "A Star Is Born."
As a result, "Bohemian Rhapsody", the song is a masterpiece and "Bohemian Rhapsody", the film is just a conventional rock movie, a very common one for a man and a band that exemplifies the extraordinary.
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