‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is A Good Movie, But Not Great: What Is It Missing?

Freddie Mercury is one of, if not THE biggest name in rock and roll music. The flamboyant singer of Queen was known for being just that: flamboyant and extremely talented. 

The Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody chronicles the life of Mercury from when he joins Brian May and Rodger Taylor to form Queen. And from there, the movie progresses really quickly into the rise of the band. 

They go from playing a few pub gigs to selling their van and recording a record that would lead to the success of ‘Killer Queen’, to being mega chart topping band releasing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

The movie progresses extremely fast. Too fast for a movie that is over 2 hours long. Which is where my criticism of the movie comes in. 

Disclaimer, I am not a massive historian when it comes to Queen and Freddie, so I don’t know if the band really struggled. However, what I was looking forward to as a fan of music and loving to see the rise of bands was the struggle. I didn’t see any struggle for the band. 

Mercury’s sex life was (and is) a huge focus on the movie. His sex life would lead to his untimely death at 45. 

The movie is good. If you like Queen, you will like seeing the dramatization of how the band formed and recorded music. I felt like they did a really good job integrating the music into the movie. 

Remi Malik did an incredible job playing Mercury. I am not sure how much of Malik’s acting was really representing Mercury or how much of it was “hollywood”, but it was really good acting. 

If you’re looking for an in-depth look into the life of Freddy Mercury or the rise of Queen, this movie doesn’t do that too much. If you’re looking for a nice movie that briefly touches the bands successes, then you will really enjoy this.