Review: Follows the life and music career of Freddie Mercury.
Director: Bryan Singer
Actors: 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, Dermot Murphy and Dickie Beau
Genre: Biography, Drama and Music
This film has opened to mixed critical reviews. It is a very long film to sit through standing in at 2 hours 14 mins. As long as the film is, you don’t notice the time as it goes so quickly. This is a story which I knew nothing about as it was just before my time. I found this a fascinating story. Rami Malek has done a fantastic job portraying Freddie Mercury. It is reported that he underwent 50 hours of costume fittings. I have to say that all the costumes were amazing. I do hope that he gets some recognition for playing the part whether it being Golden Globe Awards or Academy Awards. We will just have to wait and see. British choreographer and movement coach Polly Bennett worked painstakingly with the actor to perfect every nuance of Freddie’s mannerisms. It was great to see someone fresh and new play the main role. Watching the whole film I just thought it was the band and that they weren’t actors at all. Apparently Sasha Baron Cohen was due to play Freddie Mercury but dropped out which I am slightly pleased about as he could have dominated the whole film. Really surprised by Allen Leech’s performance and hope he goes on to have a great career. He was in The Imitation Game, 2014 and very much looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Downton Abbey film coming out in September 2019. When this film was announced Stephen Frears was due to direct but left the project due to creative differences with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Apparently Brian May has seen this film and spoken up about it and is very happy with the end result. There have been rumours about a sequel although I think it would spoil the film and is not needed. This film has just become the highest-grossing music biopic in history after rocking past $600 million (£477 million) mark. As I left the screen I came out completely amazed at the whole film. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2019 this won 2 awards Best Motion Picture – Drama and also Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Rami Malek). At the Bafta Awards in 2019 this won 2 awards. They were for Rami Malek for Leading Actor and also Best Sound. At the Academy Awards this won four Oscars, they were for Lead Actor (Rami Malek), Film Editing and Sound Editing and also Sound Mixing.