Bohemian Rhapsody (M) When it comes to who will be named best actor at the 91st Academy Awards, put down the glasses. American actor Rami Malek must win for being Freddie Mercury in Bryan Singer’s outstanding rock biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Malik, who worked with a movement coach and wore prosthetic teeth, is Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen, from the overbite down. Some commentators have criticised this movie for “hiding” Mercury’s homosexuality. All I can say in response is they must have seen a different movie to the one I saw. Mercury was not part of the gay pride movement. This is a movie about him as one of the greatest performers in rock ’n’ roll. This is not a perfect movie. The script is a little limp in parts and the merging of real events into the film doesn’t always work. But such small problems are blown away by Malek’s 10star performance.
Journey’s End (M) Released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, Journey’s End is a powerful tribute to the men who fought in the trenches in that terrible conflict. The British film, directed by Saul Dibb, is based on the celebrated 1928 play by RC Sherriff, which was memorably brought to the screen by director James Whale in 1930. The tragic story unfolds across the course of a few days in March 1918 in northern France. British troops are anxious about an expected assault from German forces but have been told no reinforcements will be forthcoming. As a reminder of the sacrifices made by the men who fought in a hopeless and insane conflict, Journey’s End, which is sturdily acted and simply but effectively staged, is impressive.