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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Starting in 1970, the film follows the journey of a young Indian Brit (Rami Malek) who joins a local band which transforms itself into the super rock group Queen. Directed by Bryan Singer although the film was finished by Dexter Fletcher after Singer was fired. If you're a fan of Queen's music, the film should be a real treat for you. The concert and performance sequences are spectacular and superbly done and the central performance of Malek as Freddie Mercury is surprisingly effective (although it took awhile for his performance to grow on me). As cinema however, it can't escape the cliches of the biopic genre and as it dutifully goes through its paces, we're always one step ahead of it. After all, we've seen this all before except with different names, haven't we? More seriously, the film takes liberties with the facts or if you prefer, dramatic license. Either way, don't take this as the way it really happened. Enjoy it for the marvelous music and Malek's first rate performance. With Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aaron McCusker and Mike Myers.   

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