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Bohemian Rhapsody: All of the shines, none of the shimmers

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The rock ‘n’ roll fever sweeps across theaters nationwide

Joe Mazzello, left, Ben Hardy, Rami Malek and Gwilym Lee star in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

With “A Star Is Born” bringing in more than $167 million to Warner Bros. in the last month, according to Box Office Mojo, audience across the globe seem to have found a new love for films made about musician and showmanship. The film, along with “Venom”, made a colorful and diverse opening weekend for October.

This month, the theater greets its viewers once again with the sound of music and a splash of nostalgia in the form of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a movie about a beloved rock ‘n’ roll legend.

The name Bohemian Rhapsody has been on everyone’s lips at one point or another in their lives, and the story of the musical group Queen has kept people interested for generations. Being one of the most recognizable names in the music industry, their music was revolutionary at the time and helped set the tone of modern music. Not to mention the influx of “nostalgia-based” entertainment that has made its way into theaters and video on demand services alike, a movie like “Bohemian Rhapsody” is simply asking to be made. While the movie carries a name that will make some people think about the journey of one of the most influential bands of all time, it is not so much a “Queen movie” as it is a “Freddie Mercury movie”.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’

The movie is more focused on the tale of Mercury, played by Rami Malek, the rock superstar that has made the world stomp their feet. This feature shows the viewers his past, his rise to fame and the side effects of having such a level of popularity. We get to see a side of Mercury that had never seen the light of day as we follow him, along with Queen, through the ups and downs of life.

Malek, whose previous works include the television show “Mr. Robot” and the “Night at the Museum” series, among others, delivered a stunning and uncanny performance portraying Mercury. Malek’s on-screen version of the famed lead singer feels real and does not come off as an impersonation. While that is a good aspect of the film, it can also be a bad one, as it sometimes pushes aside the people that he interacts with and even the other members of the band, making them look more like “background characters”. Although sometimes neglected, they put on powerful performances that help paint the picture that is the movie.

The movie is fast-paced and often glosses over details that otherwise would have been interesting and even crucial the rise to fame of Mercury and Queen. While the movie is littered with immersive montages of the band touring, it can also distract the viewers from the interactions between the characters. Granted, it will never be possible to fit all of Queen’s milestones in the movie’s 2-hour-and-15-minute run time. Instead of shooting sequences of Queen’s concerts, which people can see whenever they desire, the studios could have dove into the process of the band making its biggest hits, especially the Bohemian Rhapsody music video.

It is a failure to talk about Queen without mentioning its music. The sound is the icing on the cake that helps drive the narrative forward. The iconic soundtrack blasting out of the speakers throws viewers into a time warp back to the ‘70s. While most movies go with a simple text on screen to indicate the progression in time, the bands soundtrack chronologically highlights pivotal moments throughout the entirety of Queen’s career.

All in all, viewers will have a good time at the movies with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, especially for those that are Queen fans. The lack of details in the movie can easily be overlooked by the spectacle that is Queen’s career, the heart-pumping sound of the band’s discography along with the nostalgia that comes with the package. You will leave the theater humming the bassline of “Another one bites the dust,” and it will continue to rock you.

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