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Bohemian Rhapsody Blu-ray Review

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Rami Malek carries “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” of course, is the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen. In true biopic form, the movie tackles a wide variety of key moments in both Freddie’s life and Queen’s history including Freddie’s cultural heritage, his sexual identity, Queen’s formation, Freddie and Queen’s rise to stardom, the struggles within the band, Freddie’s personal life and marriage, Freddie’s struggles with booze and drugs and the dynamic between Freddie and his toxic manager Paul. The entire movie leads up to the historic Live Aid performance which is the clear centerpiece of the entire film.

Despite drama in the making of the movie with director Bryan Singer being ousted and Deter Fletcher being called in to complete the movie (albeit uncredited), ‘Bohemian’ clearly hit all the right notes at the box office and with some moviegoers and critics as the movie has become an hit that has even garnered Academy Awards for Best Picture and Rami Malek (who I will get to shortly). While I am rather baffled by the Best Pic nod, it’s easy to see the appeal of this biopic especially if you are a Queen fanatic. However, given that this is a biopic, ‘Bohemian’ does fall victim to many of the cliches and tropes that have become overdone to say the least. First of all, the truth has certainly been stretched for dramatic purpose here. You only need to watch a single interview with the real Freddie Mercury to see how many factual inaccuracies the movie is loaded with. In that respect, it’s a bummer to see events that didn’t transpire or events being told out of order but this is sadly not uncommon for biopics. Hollywood needs to learn that the truth is better than fiction. On a similar note, the movie races through Freddie’s life as it jumps from topic to topic without delving into the elements that are worthy of being explored more to set it apart from other biopics ala Freddie’s sexuality, heritage, and who he is as a person. Granted, there’s only so much you can do in the runtime, but it’s still an issue.

Flaws aside, the movie still manages to entertain. The iconic soundtrack does go a long way here as you’ll find yourself getting each and every Queen tune stuck in your head all over again. The real reason the movie is watchable though is because of Rami Malek. He could very well end up winning the Oscar for his performance and it’s not hard to see why. While the fake teeth are distracting at times, Rami Malek more than overcomes that with a powerhouse performance. It’s a commanding and energetic piece of acting that somehow gets better and better as the film goes on. He truly elevates everything around him. There are a number of quality supporting performances here too particularly by Lucy Boynton as Mary and an unrecognizable Mike Myers as a foolish record label exec Ray Foster.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? A predictably crisp transfer of a new film.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Since audio is a major component of this movie, I’m happy to see this 7.1 track rocks the house. The song performances are simply exquisite.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* The much buzzed about complete Live Aid movie performance
* “Rami Malek: Becoming Freddie”- A 16 minute featurette that spotlights Rami Malek and Freddie Mercury and Rami as Freddie.
* “The Look And Sound Of Queen”- This 21 minute extra is about the band and recreating them on film.
* “Recreating Live Aid”- Speaks for itself.
* 3 “Bohemian Rhapsody” trailers.

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February 8, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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