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One of the most frustrating movies I have seen in years, Rhapsody seems bound and determined to trip over its own feet at every turn. And yet, the music and one good-if-not-great performance keep it upright, though just barely.
I came away thinking, "this could have been so much more," but I don't quite know how. I really didn't want a movie that solely focused on Mercury's tragedies. Malek's knockout performance is reason enough to see this.
It's in the title. There's a reason Bohemian Rhapsody is not called "Queen" or "Mercury" or "I want to break free". It is neither harmoniously collective nor ragingly individualistic. It is, in every sense, rhapsodic.
In the end, the movie belongs to Freddie Mercury, the Bohemian rhapsodiser of the title, who conquers with his voice from beyond the grave. The movie comes alive every time Mercury's sonorous voice booms out of the screen.
Yes, the narrative moves too fast, but the film is worth seeing for exactly two reasons: Rami Malek's excellent work as Freddie Mercury... and the musical sequences (especially that of Live Aid). [Full review in Spanish]
As with all dramatized stories of real lives, artistic license hammers messy reality into a watchable film. Dramas are not documentaries. The essential emotions of Freddie's life and the history of the band are here.