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The long-awaited biography of the leader of Queen Freddie Mercury, "Bohemian Rhapsody" came after eight years of development, with changing stars and a director's reorganization.
What all that calamity has meant is a detriment to one of the best rock and roll singers of all time. "Rhapsody" has a shallow script, large presentations and seems to be filmed in a sauna.
We were introduced to the future music star (Rami Malek) in 1970 when he was still Farrokh Bulsara, working on luggage at London's Heathrow airport. After watching a small concert by a band called Smile with Brian May (Gwilym Lee), John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) and Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), Freddie convinces them to let him sing. And so, queen.
The rise of Queen is presented as a series of moments of artificial light bulb in which the members of the band realize that rock is very similar to opera, or that the public may love to stomp and clap. Wild-haired actors seem to be the protagonist, but they are given comedy-level material.
In a strange cameo, Mike Myers plays the head of the records of EMI, which has no faith in what would become the defining track of Queen, but wants his single to be "I'm In Love With My Car" "
"That's the kind of song teenagers can hit their heads on," he says. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is not that song. " The movie is full of lame and self-conscious lines like that.
Instead of inhabiting the dark emotional life of Mercury, Malek offers us a small silhouetto of man. It is a surface level performance: physically galvanized, but without substance. The rocker was known for his extravagant style and called all "beloveds", but it was not Liberace. Malek, as he did in "Papillon", gets lost in eccentricity.
However, you can not blame Malek for not having the extraordinary voice of Mercury. Some reports say that the songs heard in the film are a digital mix of Mercury, Malek and a Canadian singer, Mark Martel. For me, however, it does not sound so different to the tracks on the band's album. Therefore, the poor actor must synchronize his lips with the music that looks uncomfortable coming out of his mouth.
There has been a lot of talk about how this film would treat Mercury's sexuality. He slept with men and eventually had a male partner, Jim Hutton, until he died of AIDS in 1991, but he never talked about it publicly. That leaves the film to make a certain amount of guesses; His relationship with Hutton is vaguely presented.
In a scene during a tour, Freddie is talking on the phone with his girlfriend, Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), and she says: "Say hello to the kids for me." Looking at a man who tells Freddie that he should follow him. In the bathroom, he replies: "I will." It is cheesy to the point of mockery.
The best part of the film is, shocking, listening to the eternal songs of Queen. They are best shown during a fabulous re-creation of the 1985 Live Aid concert, which was watched by 1.9 billion people around the world. The film, directed by farewell Bryan Singer and then Dexter Fletcher, presents excitingly more than half of that legendary 25-minute set.
But the more exciting, the real performance is easily available on YouTube. What we ultimately wanted from "Bohemian Rhapsody" were not carbon-copied concerts, but a closed-door vision of a deeply private, complicated and internationally loved superstar.