Bohemian Rhapsody: Movie Review
By: Matt Suzara
Bohemian Rhapsody follows the path to success of the iconic band "Queen' led by Freddie Mercury. The film is struggling to get high praises from the critics abroad which made us not to expect much in this somewhat a standard biopic from what they call it. However, were quite unsure if they have screened the same film in what we watched last Thursday night at IMAX SM Megamall, as the film was simply an outstanding film from start to finish.
We know some of the songs, but we are not a big fan of the band itself as we are born in the 90s growing up in a different genre in music. But the songs are just legendary, and it is easier to appreciate after knowing the background on how they come up with the idea to compose some of their hit songs. It was definitely a fun story to walk through as you can't simply stop yourself from singing whenever you hear their songs. I was at the verge of stomping my feet when I heard "We Will Rock You" and had to do my inner Queen self to hit those few lines of Bohemian Rhapsody.
The film is just easy to follow and covered with fun scenes to avoid from hitting the boring territory. It was laid pretty clean with a fast-paced setting where you couldn't ask for more. This also marks an outstanding portrayal of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. He mimicked Freddie in almost every aspect, from the moves and the way he talks plus his trademark movements when he performs on the stage. This guy needs a recognition for this as he carried the film on his back, and I can't probably think of any word to describe how awesome he is in this film. We also watched the original clip of the Live Aid concert in youtube and boy it made us shiver with goose bumps' feelings throughout.
It is also a good thing that Rami Malek is surrounded with talented supporting cast to make the film much genuine at all cost. Joseph Mazzello, Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee perfectly complete the band as they generated a carbon copy of their respective counterpart with each having their own time to shine. You also got a very talented Lucy Boynton and Mike Myers, who happens to be unrecognizable as Ray Foster. Every cast made a solid appearance playing an important part.
Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody is a remarkable film and best to be seen in an IMAX screen. Rami Malek is electrifying as Freddie Mercury giving all the audience a front-row seat to witness the story of one of the greatest bands in history. We are sure that your play list will be filled with a Queen soundtrack after watching this film.
Cast: Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello, Lucy Boynton
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens October 31 in PH cinemas