Queen biopic a right royal treat

South Western Times - - Entertainment -

MOVIE RE­VIEW

Bo­hemian Rhap­sody Rated: M Re­view: Cal­lum Hunter Rat­ing: 8

Leg­endary per­former Fred­die Mer­cury is back. Rami Malek and direc­tor Bryan Singer have re­vived the mu­sic icon in the Queen biopic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, which hands down takes the ti­tle of best movie sound­track ever.

The plot fol­lows a young Fred­die Mer­cury find­ing his way in the world and univer­sity, ap­proach­ing a col­lege band who had re­cently lost its lead singer.

With the ad­di­tion of John Dea­con to the es­tab­lished Roger Tay­lor, Brian May and Mer­cury, Queen is born.

The open­ing 45 min­utes prove the clunki­est of the film, with sev­eral big time jumps and de­tails omit­ted that left a few ques­tions unan­swered.

Hap­pily, the movie then kicks up a gear and leaps into its stride as Queen’s star­dom rises and soars above all oth­ers.

As men­tioned, the sound­track is epic and caused a lot of the au­di­ence to start danc­ing in their seats and in some cases, singing along.

Rami Malek does well in his por­trayal of Mer­cury, as do the rest of the cast but the big­gest com­men­da­tion has to go to the cast­ing and cos­tume teams, with most of the band mem­bers look­ing al­most iden­ti­cal to their real life coun­ter­parts.

Be­ing a movie, there are a few his­tor­i­cal in­ac­cu­ra­cies and tweaks to the fac­tual time­line made here and there, but name a biopic or his­tor­i­cal film that is ac­cu­rate in ev­ery way. This is a movie the mak­ers re­ally could not af­ford to get wrong, and thank­fully they largely de­liv­ered.

Rami Malek re­vives Fred­die Mer­cury in Bo­hemian Rhap­sody.

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