By Daniel Oreskovich
Look, I’m not against Queen.
I’m 25 and I just never grew up listening to them at any point in my life. I didn’t know much, if anything, about Freddie or anyone from the band, so I went into this film very open to learning new things… and learn new things I did.
Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen in an inspiring yet, at times, cheesy way. I say cheesy because, yeah, there are some slightly cringeworthy lines thrown in, but it wasn’t a deal-breaker, and really, the gripping concert remakes made up for any minor downfalls.
It’s a fascinating insight to the life of Mercury, starting from his humble beginnings as a baggage handler right through to that iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.
Rami Malek recently admitted that he hasn’t ever been a method actor (living as the character 24/7), however he used the technique during Bohemian Rhapsody to truly embrace the persona of the rockstar with absolute authenticity. And it paid off. Malek embodies Mercury so well, I was genuinely believing it was Freddie Mercury.
Despite a few parts which felt rushed and a couple of scenes where I really struggled to believe, I still left the film in absolute awe and yep, I blasted all of Queen’s greatest tracks on the drive home–the first time I’ve ever played them (and won’t be the last).
Bohemian Rhapsody opens in cinemas on November 1.
You won’t be disappointed – Queen devotee or not.