Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody ★★★

A whirlwind of a life compressed into a familiar narrative. It's tempting to say this is unapologetically commercial given its adherence to the hits and safe tiptoeing around Mercury's wild side, except there's a bloat that gives time for some strange small choices (numerous cat reaction shots, anyone?). Some of these work, others don't, and it all lends to the feel that this was a cobbled together, troubled production.

It's actually not bad, though, thanks to a stellar performance by Rami Malek. Can't say he ever disappeared into the role, but he got the energy right, and really, this film thrives on the energy of Mercury and those infamous Queen songs.

It completely bungles the ending. And oh boy, there's some CGI crowd shots that would make early 2000s movies embarrassed.