Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - Review
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy
Plot: The story of the incredible rise of one of the greatest bands in history
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
If you are a fan of Queen this is a must-see film. It is a fascinating peek behind the curtains into the lives of one of the biggest bands of all time, and in particular their eccentric and commanding lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Obviously, the music is one of the biggest stars of the film. It is interesting to see the thought and work that went into creating some of the most played anthems in the last 50 years. Add to that an award-worthy performance by Rami Malek and the recipe is there for an outstanding movie.
Unfortunately, it isn't as amazing as it could have been.
The film needed another round of edits for sure. It is at least 20 minutes too long, and there are a couple of scenes that make no sense even being in the movie. Because of the extra scenes the movie has a pacing problem. There are several times where the film slows down way too much. In fact, I can pinpoint a specific moment where the crowd got to the point where they were bored enough for about 20 people to head off to the bathroom or concession stand all within two minutes of each other.
Aside from the editing and pacing issues the movie does do a good job of telling at least part of the story of Mercury and Queen. If you were hoping for more information on the rest of the band, you'll be disappointed. This is much more of a Freddie movie than a four equal parts of Queen movie.
One thing you absolutely have to watch for in this film is the meeting with record executive Ray Foster. Foster is played by Mike Myers and he delivers one of the most epic lines in the history of cinema. That scene alone is worth the price of admission.
I don't see this movie being up for a lot of awards, but it is worth seeing even with its flaws.