A Brutally Honest Review on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ | Blu-ray Review

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) changed my life! No joke! This was the movie that got me into rock ‘n’ roll and convinced me to abandon my love for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, and other useless junk (technically, I still listen to 1D, but not often). Bohemian Rhapsody re-introduced me to the music of Queen and got me curious about all things 70s/80s with bands like AC/DC, Van Halen, Def Leppard (my obsession the following year), Boston, and Iron Maiden.

Thanks to American Idol and Glee, I grew up with a lot of the songs played in the movie; everything from “Fat Bottomed Girls” to “Who Wants to Live Forever.” The day I left the movie theater, I had “The Show Must Go On” stuck in my head since it was playing during the end credits, so I searched up the song and the rest of their catalog on Spotify. I’ll tell the rest of this story another time, let’s just focus on the movie for now!

I didn’t go to see the movie right away; it was actually my dad that wanted to see the movie in the first place, so we made it a family outing. I saw Bohemian Rhapsody on November 12, 2018; I was able to search up the exact date because I posted an Instagram story that day about how I was drooling over Ben Hardy, who played Roger Taylor in the film. So yeah, technology comes in handy. I loved Bohemian Rhapsody so much that I saw it one more time in theaters on January 6, 2019; I posted an Instagram story that day showing my tickets.

Here’s proof of how serious my love for Ben Hardy was. This was from Valentine’s Day 2019.

On February 12, 2019, my mom bought me the movie on Blu-ray; I specifically wanted the Blu-ray version because of the bonus features. There’s about an hour and a half worth of behind-the-scenes footage including “Rami Malek: Becoming Freddie,” “The Look and Sound of Queen,” “Recreating Live Aid,” and the complete Live Aid performance that wasn’t released in theaters. I’d sometimes watch the bonus features one day and the movie another day because I love hearing about what went down making the movie from the costumes, recreating Live Aid, and how the cast prepared themselves to play the members of such a beloved band. I had no idea that Malek wore a prosthetic nose to match Mercury’s nose and fake teeth that matched Mercury’s buck teeth. 

After I first saw Bohemian Rhapsody, I researched Queen and watched old interviews of them. Once I got to know the band better, the historical inaccuracies started to bother me more, but it wasn’t necessarily about songs released in the wrong order or the exact date Mercury revealed to the band that he had AIDS, it was more about the portrayal of the band members and Mary Austin, Mercury’s lifelong friend.

I thought Brian May, John Deacon, and Taylor were complete jerks towards Mercury, specifically when Paul Prenter, Mercury’s former manager, became a bad influence in Mercury’s life. They distanced themselves from him when Prenter was controlling Mercury’s life and causing friction within the band. Let’s not forget about that one scene where Mercury asks to join Smile, which was later changed to Queen, and Taylor replies with, “Not with those teeth.” Or when Freddie tells the band that he signed a solo deal with CBS Records and he talks about how he’s upset everyone has a family but him, so Deacon replies with, “You’ve got four million dollars, perhaps you could buy yourself a family.”

I get that Mercury was growing apart from the band and he was lonely, but the boys could’ve made an effort to reach out to Mercury and ask what was wrong, instead of pushing him to the side and lashing out at him. After doing my research, Queen was more of a family in real life than they were portrayed in the film; the movie made it seem that they were just people who worked together and nothing more. I felt so bad for Mercury in that scene making the music video for “I Want to Break Free,” where he was sitting on the side, while Deacon, May, and Taylor were jumping onto each other and having a ball, not giving a dang about Mercury.

I didn’t do much research on Austin, but I hated that scene where she introduces Mercury to her new boyfriend David and she wasn’t wearing her engagement ring from Mercury. I kind of see her reason for not wearing it, but still, she made a promise to him, so she could’ve given Mercury a warning or had a discussion with him about it. I got the vibe that Austin was pushing Mercury away because he was still relying on her, even though they weren’t together anymore and she felt bad for him because he was lonely. Though, she eventually did the right thing by going to Mercury’s house, and convincing him to abandon Prenter and go back to Queen. 

Since Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t meant to be a documentary, I get that a lot of the stuff in the film was meant for drama and entertainment, especially the character portrayals (that doesn’t stop me from being bothered by that, though). Despite the characters, I enjoyed the plotline, the build-up to Live Aid, and the transition between scenes. Also, I think the actors did a phenomenal job in their roles. Gwilym Lee was like Brian May’s twin, Hardy nailed Taylor’s feisty personality, Joseph Mazzello got down Deacon’s mannerisms and funny looks, and Malek captured the confidence and vulnerability of Mercury. 

There isn’t a dull moment in this film; the scenes where Mercury tells the band he has AIDS and they perform at Live Aid are absolutely breathtaking! I urge you all to watch it (and buy it on Blu-ray for the bonus content), just be aware of the historical inaccuracies and keep in mind that it’s not a documentary. Think of it as a film about four guys wanting to be the biggest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world. I’d give Bohemian Rhapsody 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the Bohemian Rhapsody movie!

Take care and see ya real soon!

Lana

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  1. I have to agree that it was a great movie. Everyone was spot on with their performances. Rami was exceptional as Freddie especially. The Live Aid scene is probably the best part of the movie. They captured it beautifully.

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    1. The Live Aid scene is my dad’s favorite part too. I’ll never forget really getting into the Live Aid scene the second time I saw it in theaters (after I got familiar with the band), EPIC!!! It was like a concert in the theaters. Rami Malek earned that Academy Award!

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      1. The movie won quite a few Academy Awards, which was good for them. I wish they won best picture, but it is what it is. Considering the fact that my dad already had ‘Back in Black’ and ‘Highway to Hell’ in his collection before I stole it, yes my dad does have decent taste lol.

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  2. The only problem I have with this one comes at the Live Aid sequence. The whole time when I was watching the film I was hoping that they’d show the Live Aid performance, but when I got to it I was struck by the though- this is fine, but I could be watching the real Live Aid performance in the time I use to watch this one. It’s in a weird spot this movie.

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    1. The Live Aid scene is towards the end, you consider that a weird spot? You also gotta give props to the people behind the scenes that made the Live Aid sequence possible. The extras they had to duplicate to make it look like a real crowd, the hair and makeup people, the set builders, and the actors themselves. Even the Pepsi cup fit the time. Even if it wasn’t perfect in your eyes, they tried their best with what they had.

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      1. Sorry, the punctuation wasn’t right. I meant to say ‘it’s in a weird spot, this movie’. Referring to the movie being entertaining, but not as entertaining as the real deal. I have no doubt they put a lot of effort into it, just that I personally had conflicted emotions while watching it.

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      2. Yeah. I think my thoughts on it can best be summed up as- It made for a great cinema experience but I wouldn’t buy it on DVD.

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    1. Wow, I saw this movie before you did? I don’t know why I feel so satisfied by that. Maybe it’s because you’re older than me and I figured you’ve seen all of these movies.

      I think Bohemian Rhapsody is on Disney+ since Disney bought 20th Century Studios.

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      1. Ha feel free to be satisfied buy it, I wasnt ignoring it I just haven’t got there yet. Some day. Haha it’s not ‘cos I’m older, that’s a newer movie. I just don’t have the time, more often than not.

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      2. Yeah ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a newer movie, so makes sense. I’m sure there are a lot of older movies you haven’t seen yet, now that I think about it.

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  3. It was a great film and Rami’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury was brilliant as were the actors who played the rest of the band. I get what you say about historical accuracy. However, Hollywood never cared about letting a little thing like historical accuracy get in the way of a good story. I used to berate Hollywood for the same thing until I wrote “Rock and Roll Children.” By my own admission, I was so obsessed with historical accuracy that I think with hindsight, parts of the story suffered for it.

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    1. I get what you are saying because Bohemian Rhapsody had a good story and the actors were great. It really made the audience feel for Malek’s character. I also get what you are saying about how historical accuracies can hinder the story in the way. That’s why Hollywood changes it up a bit to make it more interesting.

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    1. This one was sanitized and ruined with inaccurate contrivance. If you’re gonna just make shit up, at least be original when you’re doing so.

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      1. It is funny because we are a similar boat, just 30 years apart. I got into Queen because of Wayne’s World. They were the first rock band I really got into before moving onto AC/DC.

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      2. That’s awesome haha! ‘Wayne’s World’ was how Adam Lambert discovered Queen. It’s amazing what movies can do to people. Do you have any Queen albums in your collection?

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      3. Of course! I have Live Killers and a Greatest Hits complication on CD. Sheer Heart Attack, A Day at the Races, A Night at the Opera, News of The World, and Innuendo on vinyl. And I’m always looking for more!

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      4. ‘Sheer Heart Attack,’ ‘A Day at the Races,’ ‘A Night at the Opera,’ ‘Innuendo,’ and ‘News of the World,’ cool! My suggestion is look for the first two albums and ‘Jazz’ next! How is ‘Live Killers’? What is the setlist like?

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      5. Oh the News of the World album is awesome! The setlist would’ve been better if Roger sang “Fight from the Inside”! But I like that it includes “Spread Your Wings.” (I looked up the setlist when I read your comment).

        What are your thoughts on the band’s 80s albums? When I got into Queen, I kept hearing about the debate between 70s Queen vs. 80s Queen.

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      6. I think it is all great. I like how they changed with the times. They were a versatile band that could do several genre well. Not many bands are like that. With that said, my first two albums were Classic Queen and Queen’s Greatest Hits on cassette which had hits from all eras. So I was accustomed to the change early on.

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      7. You bring up a good point. What made Queen special was that they did everything and weren’t afraid to take risks. One album can contain many genres (‘A Day at the Races’ for example).

        Ok, so your first Queen albums were compilation albums, that makes sense how you aware of their versatility.

        What’s your favorite song by them?

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      1. I though all of the perfromances were fine. The movie itself though didn’t go for Freddie’s real story which I think would have made for a much better movie. That’s what SBC wanted to do.

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      2. Similar to how I didn’t like how the characters were portrayed in the film. I don’t like how they made Freddie the villain and that it was his fault the band broke up when Roger was the first one that did solo work. So I get what you are saying. Brian and Roger approved of it, so I guess they thought it was alright.

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