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Bohemian Rhapsody is the longest commercial ever

The Queen bio pic needed more of the flare that the actual band had

Wesley Torres, Writer

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Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of the legendary rock band Queen, but more importantly, the lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film chronicles the start of Queen up to their 1985 Live Aid performance. It’s fun to see the band recording their albums, especially Night at the Opera, and the origin of some of the most popular songs of all time. I’m always in the mood to listen to their songs but that doesn’t constitute making a movie for it, and such a cookie cutter movie like this. The last 25 minutes of the movie is just the Live Aid concert. While it is well done and fun, I don’t see the point in putting that much in a movie when you can just see the actual concert.

The only saving grace of this movie is Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury. He perfectly encapsulates who Freddie was and it’s amazing to see. The way he moves on stage is uncanny and you can tell he went all out for this role. Malek probably deserves an Oscar nomination for his transformation into the most iconic artist of all time.

My problem with this movie is that it’s just a cash grab. This is nothing more than a way for Brian May and Roger Taylor to make even more money. It takes no risks at all and portrays their story as if they had some small bumps and everything turned out fine in the end. Even if it’s an okay movie, this story deserves much better. It’s annoying that we get great bio-pics like First Man but go see an ad directed by a sexual predator instead.

Go see this movie if you want to listen to some Queen songs for two hours, but don’t expect anything more than that.

Rating: C-

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