Queen biopic seems to be heading the right way, but falls flat.
2018 has had some hits - "A Star Is Born", "The Greatest Showman", "Mamma Mia 2" and many more ~ as well as some misses - "The Little Mermaid", "Show Dogs", and "Crazy Rich Asians". Going into "Bohemian Rhapsody" we were expecting a fantastic, dramatic, musical biopic not shedding light on Mercury's tragic days, but instead we didn't get a hit or a miss but what seemed more like a promotional video for Queen as a band. I say this, because I asked my 12 year old (13 next month) if she wanted to see this film with me, and she replied with the exact words - "Sure! I love Queen's music!" which suprised me a young girl of this generation knew of such a band from many decades ago, but it wasn't just that, for the theater was packed with kids (preferably 11-13). The film did garner a PG-13 rating, so I was expecting 13-14 year olds at the youngest in there, though it seemed to be the amount of kids outnumbering the adults. Moving on to the film's actual content, I can admit that the very first scene (Mercury going onto stage for 'LIVE AID' with some fantastic cinematography and close-ups music blasting in the background) I was thinking to myself we are going to have a great film, but soon it all started going down hill. Rami Malek delivered a fantastic performance as young Freddie right down to the looks and voice, but the way the script was written and how it was driven was suprisingly clunky and made it as though Malek wasn't doing a good job though he was really embodying the character and going for it. To me I personally found this film a bit disappointing, a bit underwhelming in the sense I was really thinking from that beginning it was going the right way and we were in very good hands, but the writing really made it seem as though the director's aim was to introduce a new generation to Queen. If I could give it a rating out of 10, I would give Malek, the team behind the cinematography, music, filming etc, and those who worked on the first scene an 8/10, but for the movie's actual quality a 5/10. My daughter not from the Queen generation said that she really enjoyed it, and I know others who are slightly younger who also really liked it, but to me I just felt like half way through it fell flat which was a shame really because it seemed to have so much potential from the opening scene. That's all I have to say, thank you for reading my review.