The film takes place between 1970 and 1985, the film’s genre was marked as a Drama. The film got a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes which means that the critics liked it, rather than rating it lower. Considering the percentages, the film did pretty well.
The film stars some noticeable actors such as Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor) and Gwilym Lee (Brian May).
Rami Malek, an actor who has been in many notable films such as: Night at the Museum, Mr. Robot, and Papillion has been getting many promising reviews over his acting performance. And I have to say, I agree with all of them. I had always been a fan of Malek and so seeing him be the lead role in this film, I knew he would be great. And it looks like the critics agree with me.
The film has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
However, I have to say that the music was the best part. Again, I had always been a huge fan of the band ‘Queen’ and so to be able to hear more of their music in this film and see how it was made was incredible and an amazing experience.
Despite the great soundtrack, starting the film, quite frankly, I was not impressed. Although I had heard many promising reviews I did not find myself to be enjoying it. The music had intrigued me, I had always been a fan of Freddie Mercury. However the beginning was just not enough to catch my attention. The beginning was a slow-mo effect with cheering crowds and a close up of the man himself--Freddie Mercury. However this managed to just mildly confuse me and left me waiting until there was some real action.
When I got halfway through the film, though, my attention was piqued. The musical background frankly was the only thing that had been able to keep my attention during the first half. But as the plot went further and I saw the struggles Mercury went through, I became more impressed.
The film however was still not able to capture my full attention. Upon hearing the promising reviews, I had been quite excited to see it, and it's not that it was a bad movie; quite the contrary. It was a good one. It simply didn’t cater to my tastes. For starters, there wasn’t enough going on for me, and I am generally drawn to the more action-packed films or the heart wrenching ones. While this movie did have some heart wrenching moments, there wasn’t enough to keep me emotionally invested.
The acting was well done. I never felt as if there was a moment where I believed that it was simply just actors on a screen. The cast was also well executed I thought, the actors were well chosen and filled their parts well.
I did enjoy how the film went through some of the darker themes that Freddie went through in his life, such as his self-identity and problems with his family.
The ending, in my opinion was the best part about the film, and was the one that I thoroughly enjoyed the most. The emotional appeal and the feeling of accomplishment is one that will always stick with me.
Overall, it was a good movie. And I enjoyed quite a few parts (especially the soundtrack) The quality was also well done, the cinematography, the hair and makeup and the overall camera shots were exquisite.
Overall, I would say that someone who like to know musical history or is a huge fan of the band ‘Queen’ or really any other rock fan would enjoy the movie. And even though it's not my favorite movie of all time, I would give it 3 popcorn buckets out of 5