The portrayal of these characters feel authentic and the story is very engaging, but their depiction could be better. There are a lot of hard cuts that restrict the flow of the movie and make it hard to connect with characters. The use of time jumps is jarring and makes it difficult for the audience to grasp the intimacy of the relationships that they have with one another. It feels like the movie sprints through events for the first half and gradually slows down to the Live Aid event. If the movie were a Queen biopic, it would have ended when they got signed to IEM, allowing the audience to see more of the band’s creative process. But this Freddie Mercury movie has iconic songs drizzled throughout it and ends on a high note.
I wanted to like the movie more than I did. I enjoyed getting to learn about Queen’s history and Freddie's life. It came down to having to squeeze too many important events into the movie which created the rush that hurt my experience watching it. None of these criticisms take away from the real-life events that happened, so when I say that Bohemian Rhapsody is middle of the road movie, I’m only talking about the movie. If you connect to the story on a deep level or are a huge fan of the band, poor editing choices and story structure aren’t going to dissuade you from watching the movie. So with that assessment, I could have waited to watch this at home on a streaming service, but the weekend box office tells a different story.
A guy peed himself in the theater when I saw this movie... guess it was that good