Movie Review – Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen Will Rock You

Movie Review - Bohemian RhapsodyTears — check.  Racing heart — check. Goose pimples — check. Foot stomping good fun — check. A deeper appreciation for a beloved musician and band — double check.

I love Queen’s music; always have, but I’ll be honest: I knew nothing about the band members and their story, and I’m glad I didn’t, because it made this movie so much more enjoyable not knowing. (And I won’t ruin that for you in this review.)

Any discussion of this film must begin with Rami Malek’s outstanding performance as Freddie Mercury. For a role that relied so deeply on voice, it was his expressions — especially his eyes — that told the story. I could go on with platitudes and adjectives, but let’s just say, “He rocked it,” and move on.


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The pacing was spot on. There was just enough of each dramatic scene to get the impact without dragging.

The director Bryan Singer (the guy who did the good X-Men movies) showed he can direct a movie to an emotional crescendo just as well — perhaps even better — than he can end with climatic action.

This is a movie with no room for improvement. I see a lot of movies and that’s not something I can often say.

Grade: A+

About The Peetimes: RunPee Vera and I worked together on these Peetimes. I think we came up with four good options, nicely spaced out in the movie. And we worked extra hard to avoid the music montage scenes.

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4 thoughts on “Movie Review – Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen Will Rock You”

  1. this will be music at my funeral i have always beem drawn to it i appreciate the 2 major explanations of the. lyrics. 83 yrs plus

  2. Yes this movie has been out a while, and frankly I got it from Netflix. Since I rip all my DVDsI’ve had the joy of watching this 750,000 times, and thankfully can schedule my own pee times. Absolutely wonderful movie. I grew up with Queen. I grew up in the era of the AIDS chaos, the fear , and friends dying from the disease, most because of IV drug use.
    It wasn’t pretty but the music of Queen gave a brilliant, thoughtful escape. Even the song suicide, was a wake up call to millions. A song woefully shoved away behind the anthem Another One Bites the Dust.
    I rarely go on about celebrities or music. And being a bible thumper, it is out of character for me to stand behind a singer, group and lyrics like this. But it can not be denied, they were and are talented, plus made a difference.

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