As part of our Young Critic's Circle our reviewer Eddie Carroll shares his experience of Bohemian Rhapsody.
The first thing that I would like to say about this film, is that you have to watch it as a viewer, not a critic. This only means that there were faults (which every film has), but only if you are looking for them. Otherwise, it was an extremely enjoyable film.
To be quite honest, there was some very lazy writing in the film. This was mostly notable when they were using graphical animation with the name of a city, or by having one of the band members saying something along the lines of “thank you *name of city” to make it abundantly clear that they had gone global. This really wasn’t necessary as they had previously made it clear that they were on a meteoric rise and that were going on a tour of America.
The other bit of lazy writing that stood out to me was the amount of times that they shot a scene where a song had come into fruition. Don’t get me wrong, these scenes were really fun to watch and gave good insight into the ingenuity of Queen and the meaning behind their songs. They just played it out a little too much.
Despite all of the things that I didn’t like about this film, the ending made up for it a hundred times over. The pace throughout the film led up this monumental moment, the Live Aid concert. To be given this opportunity of a lifetime, when Freddie’s health was deteriorating and found himself lost in many aspects of his life, this was a final blowout in magnificent grandeur.
Even with seeing the Live Aid performance before, I was in great anticipation of what was about to happen. The crowds cheers muffled backstage, then they walk out; their cheers now clear as we also see the amount of people there. They mention the number of people attending, but you can’t really visualise it. Only when you see it can you fully comprehend it.
I would highly suggest that whoever is reading this to go and see this film. I already know that I will have it stuck in the back of my head for a long time and will look back at it in positivity, and I hope you will too.