So after lots of recommendations I went and saw the 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody film starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. It was a 2 hour 13 minutes of pure wonderful musical feel good bliss. I don’t often go out to the movies, namely because of the price in Australia is about twice as much as Canada, so while in Rome (Ottawa) I thought ‘no risk no gain’. The movie crafts your emotions through the bands infancy to the eventual and triumphant by all knowingly tragic 20 minutes of Live Aid performance, carefully recreated with fresh audio, CGI and faithfully choreographed that has any Queen saying, ‘that really rocked me’. Rami makes Freddy so real and rest of the cast including Joseph Mazzello as Deacs, were so carefully selected you can’t help but think, is this the real life?
If you know little about the band what’s really going to get you is that a singer such as Freddy ever really succeeded in being the frontman for one of biggest band. Coming from a migrant background against all odds, with goofy features, strange flamboyant confidence and his person preferences some how his audacity and spirit cut through all of the norms and critics to see out his vision. Their was a fire in his belly that is echoed in this film, a fantastic feeling that no matter who you are, you can do it too and be champions against the odds. The quote that jumped out at me was ‘fortune favours the bold’ and it certainly does, as it does for the film. Imagine, the responsibility of coming up with a film like this and doing it well?
All puns aside, if you haven’t yet seen it and you have the doh, take your girlfriend or boyfriend to the gorgeous movie Bohemian Rhapsody. 10 out of 10