Long story short: I LOVED IT!!
Hey all! Welcome back to the blog.
On Thursday night my friend and I spontaneously decided to go see Bohemian Rhapsody at the new cinema complex in Christchurch City Centre (worth a review of its own, it was awesome!). I’d been wanting to see Bohemian Rhapsody for a while, and I was not disappointed!! It was a masterpiece, and I was torn between laughter and tears simultaneously throughout.
From a filmography point of view the book-end form was beautifully executed, starting with Freddie preparing for Live Aid, and finishing with the performance. The centre of the film was excellently done, and nothing was overdone. I really don’t like it when movies try to yank tears too frequently, or go for a cheap gag. This film didn’t exploit Freddie’s sexuality, but instead showed the tremulous times they lived in if you weren’t straight.
The bromance of the band-members was certainly a highlight, and my friend and I were having some good laughs from the interactions between members. The actors did complete justice to this awesome and pivotal band, and the chemistry was on-point!
I have heard that the director is slightly notorious for changing historical facts for the sake of poetic licence, and in fact Freddie wasn’t diagnosed until two years after Live Aid, (and the drummer didn’t have a wife, fun fact from my brother haha) but the point of this fact in the movie was valid, and made for a lot of crying! (Also, that isn’t exaclty a spoiler because it’s based on real life!!)
Obviously a highlight is the music, and they beautifully interwove the soundtrack into what was happening on screen. After trying not to join in singing for two hours my friend and I gave up, and just bloody well joined in! Totally worth, I think you have join in with the Live Aid performance of “Radio-Gaga”. I really loved how the film made you not only appreciate how brilliant Freddie Mercury’s voice was, but the skill of all the other band members (most famously Brian May’s guitar!!)
Also, can we just take a moment to just applaud the relationship between Freddie and Mary?! I loved how they portrayed this, and again it made for a lot of crying. But also a lot of smiles and laughter.
I 100% recommend this film so much. You don’t need to be a big Queen fan to enjoy this film. And despite the M rating, it really didn’t have anything particularly coarse in it (minimal swearing, from memory, they eluded to drugs and sex but it wasn’t overt.)
I’d love to know if you’ve seen this film, and what you thought of it? Or if you are going to go see it?
Until next time,