Grade A


A condensed life and times biopic of Queen, an enormously talented band fronted by Freddie Mercury.   Rami Malek’s portrayal of Mercury is a work of art, becoming the man and forcing the audience’s attentions on him.  From Mercury’s humble beginnings, to the birth of Queen, to the first love of his life, to the memorable hit songs that are still played on radios today, and to his diagnosis of having AIDS, “Bohemian Rhapsody” wraps most of it up in a very entertaining movie that most Queen fans will be proud of.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the scene when Queen performs at Live Aid, stealing the whole show and showing over a billion people why Queen is significant.

Much has been said about the so-called “straightwashing” of this movie, which I believe is nonsense.   Freddie Mercury’s sexual orientation — which shouldn’t matter in the first place — is addressed in many scenes and leaves no doubt as to what gender he preferred.  That said, I look at this movie as a celebration of Queen and Mercury, and the great songs and performances that gave the audience much joy.

— M