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Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen. The film provides, through selected songs, the story of how the band became and retained its fame. Malek gives an incredibly strong and convincing performance as Mercury – at times, I sort of just felt like I was watching Mercury and not Malek performing Mercury. I enjoyed listening to the music and remembering again just how talented the band was. There were also scenes, especially those between Lucy Boynton, who played his life-long love Mary Austin, and those that showed Mercury’s loneliness, that were very powerful. I thought the film could have been better- it was a bit long, the scenes about AIDS seemed preachy and felt dated and unnecessary in the film, and I am not sure I left knowing much more about the deeper psychology of the band that was the source of its creative genius. Thumbs up from here – my Aunt Jeannette and I both enjoyed it. I hope that someday someone makes a move that delves more deeply and creatively into the psychology of Mercury.

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