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Their songs are timeless; their story is the stuff of legends. Rami Malek transforms into Freddie Mercury, the iconic frontman of Queen, in this toe-tapping celebration of Mercury’s career and the band’s fascinating trajectory. Their revolutionary sound, and Mercury’s singular talent, took Queen to the top of the charts – and eventually to a show-stopping performance at Live Aid in 1985. A virtuoso on the stadium stage and in the studio, Mercury nevertheless faced the effects of fame, illness, and his own creative desires behind the scenes. Bohemian Rhapsody also stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers.
- Rami Malek
- Lucy Boynton
- Gwilym Lee
- Ben Hardy
- Joseph Mazzello
- Aidan Gillen
- Allen Leech
- Tom Hollander
- Mike Myers
- Aaron McCusker
Did You Know?
- Sacha Baron Cohen was the original choice to play Freddie Mercury, with Stephen Frears to direct. Frears left the project due to creative differences with Brian May and Roger Taylor, who control the band's music and film rights. The deal with Baron Cohen fell apart after May objected to the project being a biopic of Mercury only, not the rest of Queen. May felt it should focus on the other members and the aftermath of Mercury's death. They didn't like the original draft by writers Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. Baron Cohen considered it a historically accurate, outrageous portrayal of Mercury that does not shy away from Mercury's rough edges, including his well-documented homosexual encounters and promiscuity. May felt Baron Cohen was too much of a comedic actor to play Mercury well.
- "Fat Bottomed Girls" is being performed on an American tour set prior to 1975. This song was not released until 1978, on the Jazz album, well after the release/recording of (the song) "Bohemian Rhapsody."
- [from trailer, Brian May finishes Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo in studio]
- Brian May: So now what?
- Freddie Mercury: Oh, this is when the operatic section comes in.
- Brian May: Ah. The operatic section, yeah...
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I thought it was STUNNING! @jaian cuttari. I’m just wondering and a bit confused how you are shocked that a BIOPIC about QUEEN would have drugs , sex and gay in it? Everything isn’t political and Freddy was a bisexual rock star that died of AIDS! Anyway fabulous movie. Must see (unless of course you are a conservative prude) and in that case you should see it twice and maybe it will lighten you up! 😎
I absolutely enjoyed it! Rami deserves an Oscar nod for his portrayal as Freddie. You can tell he studied his video footage, performances etc to nail the role and that he did. Great supporting cast members as well. It made me laugh, cry and bop my head to their hits.
Appropriately for a group known for its theatrical, crowd-pleasing tunes, this authorised-by-the-band biopic carries itself lightly, serving up familiar plot points with panache and a sense of humour, while at the same time investing in the story’s emotional through-line, building to a genuinely moving climax.
To the filmmakers' credit, and even though they don't entirely avoid the clunky factoid-itis that often plagues the genre, this is a biopic that favors sensory experience over exposition. It understands what pure, electrifying fun rock 'n' roll can be.