I always knew Rami Malek was special when he acted as Eliot in Mr Robot. There was something about him that truly made him shine as an actor. That intense, vibe you get when you observe him.
His role and portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody absolutely blew me away. He practically lives and breathes Freddie Mercury while producing this film. The intensity in his effort to get the role right was just sheer inspirational. I am very sure that it was definitely not an easy role for Rami Malek to take on in his entire career in acting.
The movie was good, not the best biopic I have seen. The pacing was good with a good amount of humour mixed in. But the highlight of the movie was not about Freddie Mercury himself, but the entire ensemble of cast playing their roles to breathe life to Freddie Mercury and his struggles from nobody to international fame. And along the way, classic hits from Queen was played, lifting the entire film up, ratcheting up the wow factor in terms of visuals and sound. To listen to his classics on the big screen, with huge speakers in the cinema was a sweet auditory experience.
The film is at times sad, in him coming to terms on his sexuality, his inner demons against the band, his ego and addiction to fame. But at its heart, it is his music that transcended everything else. At the end of the day, it is about how his music inspired a generation (or two) of people around the world to deal with loss, regret, to celebrate life, to learn to how love and even forgive.
If Rami Malek doesn’t get a Best Actor Award at the Oscars, then I simply don’t know who will.
Fans of Queen must definitely head to the cinemas and check this film out.