Monday, November 5, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody | A Star from Mercury

11.05.2018 – The Meteoric Rise of Queen did not happen overnight it started with a few good men that were led by Freddie Mercury. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a fitting title for a movie that almost never made possible due to the challenging process from casting who would portray Mercury and how this biopic’s narrative will come into play like the way a song is made.

But there’s one thing that makes this film interesting is not about the beginning or the ending it was the challenge of the remaining members of the band to make it possible to stir the ship on the right direction focusing the life of Freddie Mercury and how history was written.

It was a very long process but here is “Bohemian Rhapsody” already playing in cinemas all over the world. Most of the people I knew had seen it and they have been sharing their thoughts in social media bursting the feeds how it touched their lives and its emotional rollercoaster ride. For any fan out there who live and breathe Queen it was love letter to them that they will have the chance to see.

You don’t see Queen Fans until you find out with their familiarity to the songs and lyrics. The visual perspective of the film is not your usual biographical film. Bryan Singer had a hand in directing it until controversy happened towards the end of principal photography, where Dexter Fletcher replaced the later and finished the film. Fletcher didn’t get directing credit that was acknowledged as Executive Producer. It took eight years for this movie to happen and Rami Malek known for role as Mr. Robot breathe life to Freddie Mercury, though he was not the first choice he did justice in bringing nostalgia of the former front man through his performance.

The narrative and its contradicting timelines was in everyone’s minds, but for some it didn’t matter that was definitely overshadowed by Malek’s performance as Mercury that was highly praised and could be a possible nomination for a major award for best actor. The other cast was impressive Gwilym Lee’s portrayal of Brian May; the band’s lead guitar was spot on down to the voice and mannerism. For Mike Myer’s having a small role as Ray Foster a disgruntled EMI record executive comes full circle for the actor who portrayed Wayne’s World that made the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” relevant in the 1990s as a head banging song played in the car.

It’s actually an inception where Mike Myer’s Wayne Campbell plays “Bohemian Rhapsody” in that film, and now he’s in this film based on that song’s title. If you don’t have Eagle eyes you’ll probably miss him as you’ll not notice how fast paced this film went on like a train in the music video of “Hammer to fall.” It kept chugging along focusing on Mercury’s life and how the band came to be.

What was impressive is how they shot the Live Aid performance like it was the actual footage that was hyped in the past teasers and trailers. It was the pinnacle of the band’s resurgence in the early 1980s and it’s no spoiler alert if you’ve seen the actual footage that was posted on YouTube several years ago.

Overall “Bohemian Rhapsody” lived up to the hype but not without contradictions to the timeline and inaccurate history. But this was also a biopic that entertained not only Queen Fans, but the rest of the world paying tribute to Freddie Mercury, the biggest performance Rami Malek ever had in in his acting career that put this movie in everyone’s collective curiosity which is a must see regardless of its imperfection it’s still magnifico.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is now showing in cinemas worldwide. Its now playing in Philippines since 31 October 2018, from 20th Century Fox Philippines distributed by Warner Bros Studios.

Its also showing in Australia & New Zealand since 1 November 2018 distributed by 20th Century Fox Australia.


NOTE: This film was screened publicly at Greenbelt 1 Cinema in the City of Makati, Metro Manila. This is reviewed with a personal opinion without spoilers not for you to agree or disagree about the views written by the author but to gain insight on his perspective about the film.

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