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Run to see this film, worth so much more than its admission fee; run to see the enormity of Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara), the lead singer in the English band “Queen”; run to see glorious filmmaking and a musical feat of wizardry, the total reenactment of Queen’s 1985 set at “Live Aid” concert,  Wembley Stadium, London.  Freddie, androgynously flamboyant, a Zanzibar immigrant hosting four extra incisors, an outcast with raging ambition, astronomical imagination; Malek’s flawless, gigantically energized depiction is the stuff of genius; a tunnel of talent, staggering in its depth.

Much more than a biopic, director Bryan Singer splays upon the screen, the intensity of the times; the seventies and eighties exacerbated “sex, drugs and rock and roll” triggering an explosion of promiscuity, enhanced by the availability of “party” drugs; decimation of sexual norms, no longer shrouded, homosexuality abounds, leading to the plague of aids; “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a metaphor for sensational supernovas, blighted before their time: Rock Hudson, Peter Allen, Rudolf Nureyev, Gia Carangi, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe; Freddie Mercury, perpetually conflicted, loves Mary Austin (aching, poignant portrayal by Lucy Boynton) but his hedonistic lifestyle is his undoing, and eventual redemption.

Sublime casting, especially “Queen’s” musician family: May (Gwilym Lee); Taylor (Ben Hardy); John (Joe Mazzello), brainy men who chose music over mundanity; their innovative scenes resonate with magical, masterful artistry; the group struck a chord with the outcasts, disenfranchised, ultimately encompassing “Everyman.”


Run to experience this exhilarating, enthralling movie, and if not a “Queen” fan, prepare for your conversion.






  1. Here here! You are spot on with this review. Totally agree. It is an incredible mesmerizing movie experience not to be missed! Wow.

  2. Correction. Make that: Hear, Hear! I’m such a dummy. I’ve never typed that phrase before. Nonetheless, I hope your readers “Run to see this film” because like you say, it is worth it. Thanks Peneflix. Keep the reviews coming! I would have otherwise probably missed this one.

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