Bohemian Rhapsody ★½

It is a pretty bold choice to include so much dialogue where Mercury declares that “formulas are a waste of time” and then proceed to follow the same old musical biopic structure to a tee. While Malek’s embodiment of the rock-and-roll icon certainly is the best thing the film has to offer, the writing and the direction does not know how to properly showcase him. His onstage hip thrusts and seductive physicality do resemble the legend, but the camerawork and editing fail to provide the same energy.

After a slew of unenthusiastically-shot concert sequences and irritatingly coy winks to the audience in behind-the-scenes production of Queen’s greatest hits, it becomes apparent that Bohemian Rhapsody has a habit of saying one thing and then showing the exact opposite in its filmmaking.

I wrote about Bohemian Rhapsody and how I feel it does a great disservice to the gay and bi men who looked up to Freddie Mercury. 

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