Where do I begin? I guess the best place to start is how much of a vast and intense endeavor this project was! That being said, what an AMAZING job they did!!! Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the best pictures of the year.
The film moves along at a pretty good pace. We are privy to a little of very Freddy Mercury’s beginnings. We see the foundations of who he was, his family life, his relationship with his father, and (of course) how he got into the band that would become Queen.
The beginning of the film focuses on his relationship with family, specifically with his father. His father is much more traditional in his points of view. He wants Freddy to get a regular job, work hard, the usual thing you would expect from everyday life. Freddy, however, already has a much larger plan for himself, and while he’s attending a local bands show he comes to find out that the group has lost their singer.
So he takes advantage of the situation, and even though the band initially ridicules him he’s able to promote himself in such a way where the group takes him on as their singer. It is after this that we see the band go from everyday local gigs to recording their first single. We understand that from the beginning Freddy was on a whole different channel! It was like he knew there was something much, much, bigger out there for him.
The way he almost pranced around while on stage reminded me a little of a hybrid of Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler. It is easy to see that Rami Malek did his homework for this role! Many of the attendees commented that it was as if Freddy Mercury was alive again, if only for a short time.
The film brought to life the era of the 70s in fantastic fashion! From the clothes to the backdrops, to the attitudes they covered it all.
They way they followed the bands rise from clubs to Live Aid was not without its struggles and I appreciated that! This film DID show the interpersonal struggles of these four members as they tried to make their own way in the field saturated by the familiar pop scene. Of course, in addition to that, we see Freddy struggle with and eventually give in to who he believes he is. We are shown the struggles to be loved by people, fans, record producers, and most importantly, his father. In this film, they do jump from the club scene to area fame reasonably quickly, but again, not without showing the challenges they had to face.
Of course one of those problems showcased what’s Freddie Mercury’s inner struggle with who he was. In the midst of the battle, we see how one of his friends became his lover, but also how this person was very conniving and controlling, how he pushed the bands to break up, and it was revealed that this person ended up stabbing Freddy Mercury in the back.
There are several large character arcs in this film which intertwine most beautifully like a rose bush grows together but still has the thorns. In the end, however, the thing I appreciated most was how Freddy really stuck to his guns and how he would square off with important people in the industry knowing that his band was set to have a solid place in music history!