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An entertaining film, what more can you ask for?
“Bohemian Rhapsody: The Story of Freddie Mercury” honors a band that knew how to make a mark in the 70's and part of the 80's, with a leader, frontman, singer and songwriter who I like is among the best voices in rock history.
But the idea is not to talk about music, but to analyze what did its director, Bryan Singer (several “X Men”, “Valkyrie”, the wonderful “The Always Suspects”) and their writers Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan. And what they did is a nice, entertaining movie. What more can you ask for?
Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? say the first sentences of the song that gives the film its name. Well, that (I think) was about, making a sweetened version of what maybe those “crazy and excessive” 70s could have been. Why? Because surely it was decided to privilege the musical path, beyond the tastes and eccentricities of its leader, without delving into details that would scare away public and could only be of interest to rock critics and psychologists.
From the chronological point of view, the film is also licensed, presenting some themes before its real time, but who cares? Beyond everything, they make us feel part of that inner and creative world of the band, of their vocation and musical beliefs, and understand the social origin of Freddie Mercury and the breakup he made to become a divo.
Great the performance of Rami Malek (recent winner of the Golden Globe) as Freddie, although I also found his band mates very credible. And as a good story, he has many great moments, although he would highlight scenes where his producer does not see the potential of Bohemian Rhapsody or when Brian May questions Mercury about the inclusion of disco music in the compositions.
I enjoyed Queen's music a lot during my teens (and something else), and this film made me relive it, at least for a while. God save the Queen!
Publication Date: 10/01/2019
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