Impersonating a legendary figure years after his death in a manner that reminds all viewers of him is definitely a testimony to the acting abilities of an actor. Bohemian Rhapsody, as far as I could see, was a lot about Rami Malek and his incredible impersonation of Freddie Mercury. And then, all about Freddie Mercury.
To be honest, I’ve never been a follower of bands and I never really knew Freddie Mercury, even if that sounds like I’ve been living under a rock. But after watching Bohemian Rhapsody, my search history on Google and Youtube constitute Freddie Mercury this and Freddie Mercury that.
We watch a lot of inspiring movies in Bollywood where an underdog makes his/her way to fame despite a number of perils. We could expect Bohemian Rhapsody to be something like that, thanks to conditioning, considering that it is the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen from zero to global domination. But there are a few elements, or a few missing elements that caught my attention that makes this movie quite special for me.
Other than the fact that it has Academy Awards in its pockets for its best elements, Bohemian Rhapsody has a few elements that are definitely well thought about. For someone like Freddie, who wasn’t exactly popular for his looks, confidence could easily have been an issue but it is quite the opposite in the movie. Freddie is in fact seriously confident about his vocal abilities and goes on make unconventionally bold decisions even before fame and money came to him. This, in fact, cuts out a lot of dramatic elements that Bollywood pretty much lives upon. There aren’t emotional instances where friends and family of Freddie toil to build his confidence and a dramatically intense scene where he overcomes his insecurities to conquer the world. Freddie knew what he was capable of from day one, and nothing came in his way – not even what the world perceived to be something on his face that ‘needed to be fixed’. That definitely is one truly inspiring factor, even more inspiring than the process of gaining confidence that movies generally tend to focus on.
Also, the most part of the initial journey of Queen takes place in the first twenty minutes of the film. They fight and have friendly moments, but none unrealistically dramatic or emotional. For someone who has watched a hell lot of drama in movies incorporated into pretty much everything, this lack of drama becomes a major plus point.
And I needn’t state the obvious point of how well the movie has re-created scenarios of Queen’s journey, including the ‘We will rock you’ live performance and the concluding Live Aid performance. Freddie Mercury and Queen would never have imagined one of their defining moments would be recreated at such a scale, with so much precision so many years later. One of the comments on a Youtube video said something like “Freddie might as well have possessed Rami from heaven to make this happen”. Well, perhaps.
A lot of people have their criticisms about Bohemian Rhapsody; there’s even a big group of people who believe Rami did not deserve the Oscar for his role in the movie. Let’s just say I don’t belong to that group whatsoever, and I would recommend Bohemian Rhapsody to any movie buff who watches movies for more than entertainment.