BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (M) Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?, US-UK, 134 min
This sugary confection is a bitsy group hug and a grandiose greatest-hits play-through for the legendary British rock band Queen. You won’t remember much of it afterwards. However, as for the electrifying portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury by littleknown actor Rami Malek (from TV’s Mr Robot), be assured that in the moment, he will, he will rock you. Mercury ends the movie with both his other-worldly mystique and his colourful collection of contradictions intact. All you’ll really learn about him here is that he was an over-the-top presence on stage and in the recording studio, and he had an underthe-radar sexual preference for men that broke the heart of the woman who was the true love of his life. However, in scenes where Freddie is pushing Queen to excavate monster earworms like Another One Bites the Dust, We are the Champions and, yes, the rock-opera masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody, Malek’s bravura performance shifts the whole movie from first gear up to fifth in seconds flat. .