Does ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ reinvent the wheel for musical biopics? No.
Could it have gone further in detailing why Freddie Mercury is an icon, to multiple communities? Definitely.
But is it fun? Does Rami Malek excel in the ‘every reason to fail’ role of making the audience believe he’s Freddie Mercury? Absolutely.
The end of Mercury’s life coinciding with the beginning of mine, but I’m enough of a pop culture nerd to know that’s one of those parts, that, man, how do you recreate Freddie Mercury? But credit Rami (who credits the real and fictional band of people who made this film) for letting us suspend our disbelief for a couple hours.
A few more notes I have to add in:
It’s been said but it’s true: the Mike Myers cameo is perfect, in its role and its tribute to one of his own signature roles.
I completely forgot ‘Bismillah’ was in the lyrics of the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ but if you think I didn’t make sure I had that song in my digital library before the movie was over, then you don’t know me.
Along those lines, I had some Queen jams in the library (because how could you not?) But the film does a good job of reminding you how many classics they had over the years. Strictly in terms of getting people to say ‘Oh yeah, do I have that one?’ this movie is already a massive success.