Opened: October 24, 2018
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Aaron McCusker, Meneka Das, Ace Bhatti, Priya Blackburn & Tim Plester
Rami Malek gives a career-defining performance as Queen front man Freddy Mercury in this biopic, but some of the most controversial parts of his life are left out.
After Freddie Mercury sees the band Smile perform at a bar, her joins them and they become Queen. Throughout their career, Queen was known for their daring choices and ever-changing sound. The film culminates with their epic Live Aid performance in 1985.
As already stated, Malek gives an incredible performance. He loses himself in the role and you’ll be entranced.
However, the film is incredibly historically inaccurate with moments in both Mercury and Queen’s timelines. The worst part of it is that Mercury’s bisexuality is hardly touched upon with men, except for when it causes negativity for him. It’s insulting to the LGBTQ+ community.
Final say: Great performance, rough story. ★★★☆☆