What a strange movie to like but hate at the same time. I think that shows the power of Queen’s music, which is just as great as I remember it, and the power in Rami Malek’s performance. But everything else in Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t have that same level of brilliance. I’m also very much affected by all the creative liberties they took that distorted the story of the band and Freddie Mercury.
Read my full review here: Rami Malek and the music of Queen do all the heavy lifting in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (ClickTheCity).
I won’t say I wasn’t affected because I was. That finale was everything but only to realize that the drama they built up for the impact of that ending was all made up made me feel very angry.
That’s not what a biopic should do, really. I found it disrespectful, to be honest. And the storytelling didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know or could easily find online. They didn’t bother to humanize them, which is the idea for a biopic of such a well-known and well-loved band.
So while I love how I felt at the end of watching the film (though utterly confused by the hollowness of the storytelling of first two thirds of the film), the overall experience was left me conflicted.
Nevertheless, I’ve been listening to Queen’s discography non-stop for the past few days now. That’s what matters, I guess.