REVIEW: Rami Malek gives an incredible performance in moving yet funny Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody
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A rock ‘n’ roll sing-along right from the start, countless Queen classics ring out of the cinema speakers as the life of legendary performer Freddie Mercury unfolds before our eyes in moving biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Charming and funny, Rami Malek plays the iconic frontman brilliantly; confident when on stage but self conscious in his personal life.
From the band’s first few stumbling gigs right to the peak of their success, it’s a delight to watch their whirlwind rise - with Freddie’s effortless talent as a performer on show right from the start.
“I can’t think of anyone more outrageous than me” is, fittingly, the reason behind the legendary band name, Queen.
Casually playing the keys of Bohemian Rhapsody – one of the biggest songs of all time - Rami gives a knowing wink to the audience with the line “I think it has potential.
Told by his father that “you won’t get anywhere trying to be someone you’re not”, Freddie’s career-driven father insists “good thoughts, good words, good deeds” - but Freddie always dreamed of more, and Malek portrays such ambition with determination and grit throughout.
Self-described as “a group of misfits playing to other misfits”, the band are right to want more than being heard on radio and featuring on Top of the Pops because, as they rightly say, “not every band’s Queen”.
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While the first half of the movie concerns itself with the band’s iconic anthems, how they came to be and how Queen became a household name worldwide, the middle section becomes more personal, focusing on Freddie coming to terms with his sexuality, in a series of moving and emotional scenes.
Malek is equally impressive here, as fame begins to get too much for Freddie: struggling to deal with the pressure of life in the public eye and continuing to burn the candle at both ends, it’s tough to watch at times. But no more so than the closing scenes, which are handled brilliantly with heartfelt emotion and poignancy.
“I’m going to be what I was born to be... a performer!” Freddie proclaims to his fellow band members as they go on to perform the biggest show of their career - a concert which will send shivers down your spine and leave a lump in your throat.
Visit www.wisbech.lightcinemas.co.uk/bohemian-rhapsody for screening dates, times and tickets.