2018 | DIR. BRYAN SINGER & DEXTER FLETCHER | REVIEW BY GLENN COCHRANE.
There are two ways to look at Bohemian Rhapsody, the new biopic about the legendary Freddie Mercury. The first would be to approach it the wrong way, which is to consider it an in-depth depiction of the man himself, and the second is to see it as a fable. The title itself, as described by his band Queen, signifies an epic poem, and with that in mind the film sets out to capture the essence of the legend, not the man.
And so it is, a larger-than-life big-screen spectacle that leaps off the screen and smacks you in the face with its energy. In the 27 years since Mercury’s passing, his legacy has soared to astronomical heights. Widely considered to be the greatest frontman of all time, his legend continues to surpass his reality and with the approval of his former bandmates, Bohemian Rhapsody romanticises his years from joining the band to the iconic Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium