Bohemian Rhapsody review by Amir Siregar (Member of Online Film Critics Society) -

Born Farrokh Bulsara in a family that had Persian bloodline, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) spent his early years becoming a porter at Heathrow Airport, London, England. Fate - and his fantastic vocal abilities - then brought him together with Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and John Deacon (Joseph Mazello). They belong to a band called Smile. Starting their career by appearing on various campuses and nightclubs, at the suggestion of Freddie Mercury, the band then changed their name to Queen and immediately got a recording contract from EMI Records. Armed with eccentric music and sharp song lyrics, Queen immediately gained the attention of millions of music lovers around the world. As can be guessed, the popularity began to affect the personal lives of each Queen's personnel. The friendly relationship between Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon began to stretch and even made Freddie Mercury begin to consider ending his music career with Queen.

Well ... for a biopic that gives the focus of storytelling to one of the most iconic characters in the world of music industry of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody, unfortunately, appears like most standard biopic films made in Hollywood that share the same storytelling theme. The text of the story compiled by Anthony McCarten (Darkest Hour, 2017) based on the story he worked with Peter Morgan (Rush, 2013) seemed to only touch the surface layer of the life of Freddie Mercury's character without ever really (read: able) to process it into storytelling is more complete and solid quality. Not only Freddy Mercury, the characters of the other Queen band members, and the relationship between them, they are also presented superficially and never come with deeper excavations.

From a directing point of view, director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016) - who was in the middle of the film production process was later dismissed for alleged sexual harassment and then replaced by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, 2016) but still received credit a single director in this film - able to provide a fairly dynamic storytelling rhythm. When the Bohemian Rhapsody storyline is only able to dive in the area of ??shallow storytelling, the direction of Singer and Fletcher managed to give life to each scene in this film with the full help of Queen's songs - which must be admitted indeed really saved the film's overall quality.

Singer and Fletcher made Queen's songs an integral part of the Bohemian Rhapsody storytelling, telling how the songs were made as well as delivering a series of conflicts that occurred in each Queen's personnel when the song was presented. At its peak, Singer and Fletcher recreated Queen's historic appearance on a Live Aid show in 1985 with maximum detail and will clearly make the viewers - even when they are not fans of Queen - be swept away by the phenomenal appearance.

And even though the character of Freddie Mercury which he plays almost feels bland, Malek is still able to give an acting appearance that is clearly going to get attention and be a talk for quite a long time. Although the narrow development of Freddie Mercury's character made Malek's appearance seem to require a certain amount of time to truly be able to give the character the right life, Malek's appearance successfully provided energy not only for Freddie Mercury's character but also in the storyline. The appearance of other players, such as Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers, showed satisfying capacity even though, once again, not too much influence due to writing a part of the story that was too minimalist.

Admittedly, it is quite difficult to resist the appeal that was successfully planted by Singer and Fletcher in Bohemian Rhapsody. You might just feel annoyed with the arrangement of the text that is too shallow or oversimplifies the various conflicts and problems that plagued the main character of this film. However, Bohemian Rhapsody intelligently utilizes Queen's songs in her narration which then gives a storytelling atmosphere that feels better. [C]

Bohemian Rhapsody
Director : Bryan Singer
Cast: Mike Myers, Rami Malek, Tom Hollander

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