At long last, the highly anticipated biopic about Freddie Mercury and Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, has hit theaters and boy it did not disappoint.
My interest in Queen grew after seeing the different trailers online so the hype to see the film was truly real. To say that the film was amazing is a complete understatement and I’ll explain why.
Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" starring Rami Malek as late Queen frantman Freddie Mercury made $50 million during its opening weekend in the U.S.
Freddie Mercury is portrayed by Rami Malek, who is known for his role as Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum (2006) and Elliot Alderson in the USA Network series Mr. Robot (2015).
Gwilym Lee plays lead guitarist Brian May, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) actor Ben Hardy is drummer Roger Taylor, and Joe Mazzello plays bassist John Deacon.
Believe it or not, the original Queen members saw all of them perform during filming and gave their own, personal opinion on what they thought of them acting like the band.
The synopsis of the movie is primarily based on how Freddie Mercury and Queen came about as well as adversities they all faced and managed to overcome as the years went by.
It also tends to strongly touch base on Mercury’s bisexuality which was uncommon because many rock stars during that era were either all straight or less than a handful of them were gay or bisexual.
If they were, they never came out and made it public like they do now as that was part of the rock star lifestyle and code back then to say the very least. What made this film so unique wasn’t just the visual but the sound.
What these filmmakers did to mix certain sounds from actual Queen concerts to the screen is just absolutely bananas. As a former audio production student who had the opportunity to take the class with the great Mr. Billy Townes, I hear sound much differently now than the normal ear who just lets anything audible sink in.
To mix sounds for any movie, especially this one, can take infinite hours of constant editing. If the sound editor hears something in the final mix that he/she doesn’t approve of, it’s back to square one.
To boil it down, the audio engineers deserve a monstrous amount of credit, followed by a fat pay raise. This film also plays with your emotions too so be aware.
The total duration of the film is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, which is 135 minutes altogether. It sits just five minutes below the Jim Morrison biopic titled The Doors (1991) which sits at 2 hours and 20 minutes total duration.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s total film budget was $52 million a reasonable amount for a biopic. When I went to see it on Thursday, I managed to attend an 8:05 showing and it was a packed house. It made me feel good inside to see numerous people attend a movie that depicts the life a superstar and iconic band whose success was stopped too short.
What made me happier was the applause at the end, which I did as well. Now here is my official review, which is obviously a 5 out of 5, and more if I could go higher. The crew and actors absolutely killed this biopic.
Everything was basically on point. Bohemian Rhapsody can be seen at Cinemark 20 (the theater I attended) and other major theaters around El Paso. Remember, don’t always fall for the negative reviews as your own, opinion is best.