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Bohemian Rhapsody

2018 Golden Globe nominee – Best Actor & Best Motion Picture (Drama)

If hearing “We Will Rock You” or “Another One Bites the Dust” gets your juices flowing, this movie will likely do the same.

Poster for the rock biography Bohemian RhapsodyFreddie Mercury was a misfit who defied his old-world family (he was born in Zanzibar as Farrokh Bulsara). After helping to form Queen in 1970, he enjoyed enormous success but ignited conflicts in his personal and professional life. Rami Malek’s performance as Mercury  is so visceral that it rises above the fairly conventional storytelling. As the other members of Queen, Ben Hardy, Gwylim Lee, and Joseph Mazzello give solid performances as well. Mike Myers makes an amusing cameo, under a ton of makeup, as the record executive who refuses to support the release of the extra-long single “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

What really sells the movie is the finale, a recreation – no, a replica –  of Queen’s extraordinary performance at the first Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985. It not only ties up loose threads in the narrative but shows what Queen was capable of, stirred to greater heights than ever by a massive and enthusiastic crowd. Freddie was a notoriously private man, as are the surviving members of the band, so this film is not a deep dive or hard-hitting documentary, but a celebration of the music Queen created and the man whose voice and presence will never be forgotten.

– Leonard Maltin, LeonardMaltin.com

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