Director: Bryan Singer
Date released: 24th October 2018
Written by: Anthony McCarten
Genre: Memoir
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton

Bohemian Rhapsody tells us that the musicians behind its title song were unconventional, experimental and non-formulaic; everything this film is not. Were this biopic not of Queen, I don’t know whether I’d have been so easily won over. Queen’s music is so incomparable to other music before or since, yet the first film about them follows the same beat as every other film about real artists. Bryan Singer clearly understand what makes an interesting story about good musicians but he doesn’t understand what makes the story of musicians as great as Queen a great story on its own. To someone unfamiliar with Queen – or familiar for that matter – Bohemian Rhapsody may frequently tell us how unique they are but in a story so typical and predictable as to contradict this. It’s a good biopic but there’s little here to indicate a specific understanding of the subject matter. Queen’s initial record executive is portrayed as a parody of an unimaginative money man yet the film practices the opposite of what it preaches.

Memorable scene:

Memorable quote:

I pity your wife if you think 6 minutes is forever.

Rating: 3/5

Published by Alexander Sigsworth

Writing about Herobrine in The Characters That Define Us at Normal Happenings. Profile photo chosen for Gamers Blog Party: Summer 2019 at Later Levels. Known as the Purple Prose Mage at the Well-Red Mage.

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