Review of the film "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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Bohemian Rhapsody is a film first of all about Freddie Mercury and only then about other members of the British band Queen. Events begin in 1970 in London, when 24-year-old Farukh Bulsara, living with conservative parents of Parian origin, decides to become a musician. He goes to the concert of the group Smile, in which Brian May and Roger Taylor play, and at the right moment offers them a new soloist - that is, himself. This meeting becomes the beginning of the existence of the cult group, which Farukh came up with a daring name for Britain, Queen. At the same time, he decides to get rid of his name, taking the pseudonym Freddie Mercury.

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From that moment on, the film becomes a guide to Freddie's life stages, which elevate him to the pinnacle of fame and close him in the throes of self-awareness. There are signing contracts, the songwriting process, tours of dozens of cities, and creative discord within the group. A lot of screen time is devoted to Mercury's personal relationships - "Bohemian Rhapsody" reveals his love for a woman named Mary Austin and shows Freddie's acceptance of his homosexuality. Therefore, it is better for homophobes not to enter the cinema hall at all, on the screen, which is unlikely to be a surprise, kissing men will appear.

So the film "Bohemian Rhapsody", together with Mercury, goes from becoming a personality to Queen's performance in 1985 at the grandiose benefit concert Live Aid, which was held at Wembley Stadium with a live broadcast around the world. At this point, Freddie tells the sad news to Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon (the filmmakers don't pay much attention to his character, so the viewer just sees John as part of the group). Mercury admits that he is HIV-positive, which is why the participation of musicians in the concert is so important for him.

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By the way, in life everything was not quite like that, Live Aid took place two years before Freddie Mercury found out about his diagnosis. This, alas, is the whole point of biopic - distortion of facts and sublime drama, which seems too beautiful. "Bohemian Rhapsody" shows the weakness of Freddie Mercury, but he does it very carefully, and the conflicts between the musicians look childishly ridiculous. It seems that screenwriter Anthony McCarten is trying his best to keep a fond memory of Queen, while neglecting realism.

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This is probably to blame not only McCarten, but also Brian May and Roger Taylor, who acted as consultants for the tape. Their opinion was quite influential, so the process of launching the film was delayed for several years. In 2010, comedian Sasha Baron Cohen was hired for the role of Mercury, but he left the project due to creative differences with May. Three years later, information appeared in the press that Dexter Fletcher would be the director of the picture, and the main role would be given to Ben Whishaw, but they never got down to work. In 2016, the film crew was finally formed - Rami Malek became the leading role, Brian Singer took the director's chair. No matter how ridiculous it may sound, Singer stayed in "Bohemian Rhapsody" for a rather short time, he was disgraced from filming due to unprofessional behavior.

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Naturally, the internal rearrangements affected the quality of the film, but the decision to take Rami Malek in the lead role was a salvation for the project. He was able to sense the charisma, artistry and vulnerability of Freddie Mercury that made him a cult rock star. The actor achieved an external resemblance to Mercury with the help of dentures, which repeated the singer's wrong bite. Freddie's recognizable movements, his habits and demeanor on stage really became a part of Malek, so one of the best moments of the film is the lengthy final scene in which Queen's performance on Live Aid was reproduced.

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What saddens the film is the desire to show the reconciliation of Freddie Mercury with the whole world before his death. The scenes with the father's approval of his orientation, finding love with a partner and getting rid of "rotten" people are very naive. This is perhaps the biggest problem of "Bohemian Rhapsody", the creators of which sought to capture the legend forever. In pursuit of this, they forgot that the memory of Freddie Mercury is already immortal - it lives on in songs, live recordings and Queen's eccentric music videos.


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