BO­HEMIAN RHAPSODY (M) Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?, US-UK, 134 min

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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. .

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