Review Round Up: Bohemian Rhapsody

Dexter Fletcher directs this new biopic celebrating the career and music of Queen. Here, Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… 

The Guardian: ** ” Perhaps as a result of the personnel changes, Bohemian Rhapsody struggles to find a fresh way to tell its story.” *** “Bohemian Rhapsody may bore you or irritate you for an hour so. But, eventually, it will rock you and it might just move you, too.”

The Independent: ** ” Bohemian Rhapsody suffers from conflicting intentions: it both wants to be a celebratory skip through the band’s history while also serving as a satisfying biopic of Mercury.”

EmpireOnline: *** “a safe, competent, decidedly non-scandalous biopic. It treats the life of Freddie Mercury with cautious affection, happy to play within the rules when depicting a man who did anything but.” “Bohemian Rhapsody was always going to be utterly reliant on whoever played Freddie Mercury and, fortunately, Rami Malek is more than up to the task, capturing the magnetism of the operatic, often campy performer. Offstage, his contrasting mix of vulnerability and self-assurance keeps the viewer invested in Freddie the character and in the movie even when the script is going through its cliche rise and fall of a rock star motions.”

Den of Geek: *** “Rami Malek is a dead ringer for Mercury and has managed, against expectations, to capture some of the legendary stage presence that the star was famous for. He is absolutely brilliant, and there’s never a moment you don’t believe that Mercury’s voice isn’t truly coming out of his body. It’s a nifty magic trick, and it works.”

Digital Spy: *** “This is a biopic aimed unashamedly at Queen fans and if you’re looking for two hours of ‘weren’t Queen great?’ feels, then you’ll get them in spades. Anyone else looking for some depth and insight into the band, and especially Mercury himself, might want to look elsewhere.”

Hollywood Reporter: “The rough edges of Freddie Mercury’s story might be smoothed over in this telling, the indulgences and debauchery sugarcoated. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? It’s a little bit of both. But, caught in a landslide of dispiriting headlines, at a moment when connection, curiosity and openheartedness feel like endangered species, the lingering exhilaration of that concert scene is pretty darn magnifico.”

The Mirror: ***** “For once don’t worry about the size of the cinema screen, see this at the venue with the biggest sound system. This will rock you.”

Variety: “Rami Malek does a commanding job of channeling Freddie Mercury’s flamboyant rock-god bravura, but Bryan Singer’s middle-of-the-road Queen biopic rarely lives up to the authenticity of its lead performance.”

Bohemian Rhapsody is out now in cinemas. 




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