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Run to see this film, worth so much more than its admission fee; run to see the enormity of Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara), the lead singer in the English band “Queen”; run to see glorious filmmaking and a musical feat of wizardry, the total reenactment of Queen’s 1985 set at “Live Aid” concert,  Wembley Stadium, London.  Freddie, androgynously flamboyant, a Zanzibar immigrant hosting four extra incisors, an outcast with raging ambition, astronomical imagination; Malek’s flawless, gigantically energized depiction is the stuff of genius; a tunnel of talent, staggering in its depth.

Much more than a biopic, director Bryan Singer splays upon the screen, the intensity of the times; the seventies and eighties exacerbated “sex, drugs and rock and roll” triggering an explosion of promiscuity, enhanced by the availability of “party” drugs; decimation of sexual norms, no longer shrouded, homosexuality abounds, leading to the plague of aids; “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a metaphor for sensational supernovas, blighted before their time: Rock Hudson, Peter Allen, Rudolf Nureyev, Gia Carangi, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe; Freddie Mercury, perpetually conflicted, loves Mary Austin (aching, poignant portrayal by Lucy Boynton) but his hedonistic lifestyle is his undoing, and eventual redemption.

Sublime casting, especially “Queen’s” musician family: May (Gwilym Lee); Taylor (Ben Hardy); John (Joe Mazzello), brainy men who chose music over mundanity; their innovative scenes resonate with magical, masterful artistry; the group struck a chord with the outcasts, disenfranchised, ultimately encompassing “Everyman.”


Run to experience this exhilarating, enthralling movie, and if not a “Queen” fan, prepare for your conversion.





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  1. Here here! You are spot on with this review. Totally agree. It is an incredible mesmerizing movie experience not to be missed! Wow.

  2. Correction. Make that: Hear, Hear! I’m such a dummy. I’ve never typed that phrase before. Nonetheless, I hope your readers “Run to see this film” because like you say, it is worth it. Thanks Peneflix. Keep the reviews coming! I would have otherwise probably missed this one.

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