Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – A Matter of Biopic

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is like a piece of a canoe which only float on water. No one can control it but makes the passenger have to look for it to move the boat. Farrokh Bulsara was born with prominent teeth in the Parsi family, India. He was so proud of his innate birth. These prominent teeth help to improve his vocal range and a magnum opus behind the sound power and the chanting. No one can match it. Quickly changing his name, Freddie Mercury tried to develop his personality as the greatest frontman of Queen.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury has long-shown his flamboyance, which is the core of the main story. It’s also what makes me confused what exactly this film wants to say. In addition to an unclear explanation, Freddie has shown his natural narcissistic style as an LGBTQ icon. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is about the matter of Freddie, Queen, nor his sexual orientation.

This film made me ask what was wrong with a biopic. Queen, as an extraordinary band, is a reflection of Freddie’s alter ego. However, Freddie considered that he only an outsider for the rest of his life. The story begins when he meets his girlfriend. Then, he finally “coming up” as openly gay. However, it not shown in the film. At the end of the movie, Freddie was a world champion. Indeed, the story of the film is not about it but why.

A biopic is not wrong if the director and writer always change the life of who they want to tell. It, I assume, did so as to get the dramatic effect. The audience would always continue to enjoy and be so curious about someone’s biographical. One of them is Freddie Mercury. He does have a strong potential to be a biopic. As fans of rock music as well as Queen fan, we don’t know much about Freddie.

Strangely, it makes important elements less attention. The answer is because this film doesn’t know what you want to tell. However, I understand why the fast-cut and fast-paced used a lot. We just want to enjoy their music. We want to be nostalgic. Time less-limited to explain important points. Be “Bohemian Rhapsody” which loses its potential in halfway. As one of the most unique bands, its formula impressed stander.

Honestly, I don’t know much about who Freddie Mercury is except I love listening to his songs. There are so much we want to know about Freddie. So much we could explore. I was so curious from where he got inspiration from Bohemian Rhapsody. I want to see his collaboration with other artists including David Bowie. Unfortunately, “Bohemian Rhapsody” doesn’t give that. Various scenes, one of which, especially when Freddie’s first meeting with Bryan (Gwilym Lee) and Roger (Ben Hardy) was just a summary. But, this is Queen. They are very overpowered in creating everything. In fact, I don’t know why Freddie uses ‘Galileo’, ‘Magnifico’, ‘Fandango’, ‘Bismillah’, etc. in Bohemian.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a film I enjoy so much. Thousands of objective reasons why this film hated by critics. However, this is not a masterpiece. Queen’s journey in recording songs, marketing the Bohemian song to the point that Mike Myers said it was nonsense, and the closing sequence of the Live Aid concert. I just don’t know if it’s about Freddie Mercury himself or all members of Queen. Freddie said that he felt had fulfilled his destiny as a legend in front of millions of people. Just like Rami Malek with his extraordinary appearance. Without him, this film is nothing. He created a new figure in him. We know him from “Night at the Museum” or even “Mr. Robot“. All gestures, dispositions, attitudes, ways of speaking, are so fantastic. Cheesy dialogue is nothing but Freddie’s figure successfully improved in Malek himself.

One important element contained in this film is also the relationship between Freddie and his family. This important element is too little to strengthen its drama and characterization of Freddie. However, “Bohemian Rhapsody” explores Freddie’s development from an introvert to someone who really cares a lot. He initially considered Queen and his friends as ‘outsider’ in her life. In fact, the outsider himself is Freddie. All events when they are recording, gig, and also a matter of love. He, in the end, saw himself as part of the family. A perspective as well changed in the film. At the end of the movie, I was so goosebump with the Live Aid concert. What a great execution even though the CGI’s audience seems weird.

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a lot of potentials in exploring more details but coming out of the context. In addition to Rami’s extraordinary appearance, Bryan Singer (and Dexter Fletcher after Singer was fired) and the scriptwriter didn’t understand who the film was. The PG-13 rating made me have a feeling that this would be more different than what I expected. Indeed, biopics could inaccurately be told their history. I know very well because this is ‘based on a true story’. It’s the same as “Bohemian Rhapsody” because we don’t want to see lies. Bottom line, I really enjoyed this film from music, as Queen fans, and is a decent biopic. However, I just want to know how humanism is from the legend we know today.

3 out of 5 stars.

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