“Bohemian Rhapsody” directed by Brian Singer is supposed to be a biography detailing the life and legacy of Queen and especially their frontman Freddie Mercury, but instead it’s merely a drama.
With plot holes and fabricated lies, this Queen biopic seems to be written by someone who was given milestone points in their career and was told to fill in the blanks themselves. The movie depicts that the band broke up when Freddie wanted to release a solo album when in reality the band’s drummer released two albums before Mercury’s. The scene where the band reunites wasn’t even needed because they didn’t reunite right before Live Aid because they never broke up and were touring.
The movie opens with one of the bands greatest hits and shows them getting ready for the biggest performance of their career. The scene takes you through all the pre-show rituals and as the show is going to begin the movie flashes back in time to 1970 when the band first got together.
Keep in mind the movie starts with a lie. In the film, it shows Mercury watching a band on campus and after the concert, he introduces himself to Brian May and Roger Taylor and auditions to be their new lead singer. The truth is, Freddie met them in college and shared a flat with May before he joined the band.
With such a strong opener of the band’s performance in Live Aid, it sets the audience up for disappointment. As the movie goes on, it is very clear that although the three living members of Queen were producers of this movie and were heavily involved in the making of this film, they did not stay faithful.
They turned their leading man into a villain who needed a redemption arc instead of who the people who knew him always said his character truly was. The movie’s Freddie was consumed with fame and had no regard for his friends.
Louder Sound writer Paul Elliott asked the band’s longtime roadie Peter Hince to describe Mercury. Hince said Mercury’s ego was not as big as some think. “It was all a persona. He could make fun of himself, whereas some of the other guys in the band couldn’t do it in the same way,” Hince said.
“You could have a laugh with Freddie, but you knew where the line was. He wasn’t necessarily the primadonna that everybody thought he was,” Hince continued.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was not a good movie by any means, but it had a few strong attributes holding it up. With the movie’s soundtrack being the music of one of the most loved bands in the world, it is easy to confuse your love of the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” with the movie.
Ben Hardy, who plays the band’s drummer Roger Taylor, brought the movie comedic relief that it desperately needed. He embodied the drummer and his infectious smile and funny one-liners, making his performance a shining point in an otherwise black hole.
Even with its faults, audiences are in love with this movie giving it a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes while critics are in agreement that the movie lacks the spark of the man this movie is supposed to be about.
6 out of 10 torches