Bo­hemian Rhap­sody

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE BIG PICTURE -

FIRST of all, I love this movie. This is the kind of film you see with friends who love Queen’s mu­sic as much as you do.

Not only will you en­joy the great songs, you will also en­joy the process of how they were com­posed. At times, you feel com­pelled to even sing along to some of these an­thems.

How­ever, sto­ry­wise, it barely skims the sur­face of what drives front­man Fred­die Mercury (the main fo­cus of the story, and who died due to com­pli­ca­tions from AIDS), and the rest of the band.

The movie starts with Fred­die (Malek) pre­par­ing to go on­stage to per­form at the Live Aid con­cert in 1984.

It then shifts to the past, a brief glimpse of Fred­die’s aim­less life and how he is es­sen­tially a dis­ap­point­ment to his strict fa­ther.

While at a bar, he en­joys the per­for­mance by col­lege band Smile and of­fers to take over as lead singer when the band’s lead singer quits.

With Fred­die as lead, and to­gether with lead guitarist Brian May (Lee), drum­mer Roger Tay­lor (Ben Hardy), and bass player John Dea­con (Joseph Mazzello), the band starts land­ing more gigs.

Fred­die re­names the band Queen and gets the boys to record their first al­bum. Their demo al­bum lands them a con­tract with a top mu­sic la­bel and the at­ten­tion of a top man­age­ment com­pany.

This film also touches on the ten­sion among the band mem­bers, and Fred­die’s is­sues with his sex­u­al­ity.

But the best parts of the film are how Queen cre­ated some of its big­gest hits, and also the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship Fred­die shared with Mary (Boyn­ton), a woman he mar­ried briefly but main­tained a life­long friend­ship with.

Malek is bril­liant as Fred­die but he does look much smaller than the late singer. The film­mak­ers have also taken a lot of lib­er­ties with the sto­ry­line for the sake of dra­matic ef­fect.

But like I say, if you go in for the mu­sic, you will not walk away dis­ap­pointed es­pe­cially with the su­perb end­ing. How­ever, if you are hop­ing to learn more about Fred­die Mercury and Queen, you may end up dis­ap­pointed.

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