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Bohemian Rhapsody - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Bohemian Rhapsody - Five Reasons You'll Love It

A band with theatricality in everything they did, Queen were always ripe for a Hollywood biopic, but it's taken a long time to get here. 

The film was announced back in 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play Freddie Mercury and The Crown creator Peter Morgan would take charge of the script.

After a couple of years of development, that project fell apart. Baron Cohen clashed with producers and left the show. He was replaced by Ben Whishaw, who lasted another couple of years before he went the same way as Baron Cohen. Producers then turned to Mr. Robot star Rami Malek and he lasted the distance, even earning himself a Best Actor Oscar along the way. 

Starring alongside Malek as the other members of Queen are X-Men: Apocalypse star Ben Hardy, The Social Network's Joe Mazzello and Jamestown's Gwilym Lee. Hardy plays drummer Roger Taylor, Mazello is bassist John Deacon and Lee portrays big-haired axeman Brian May. 

The film will follow the band through their career, from their rough beginnings to their huge success to their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid.

Aiden Gillen, Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander and Aaron McCusker co-star. 

The film has been directed by Eddie The Eagle's Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher, who ironically was attached to direct Whishaw in the role before leaving the project, took over midway through production.

He was drafted in after original director Bryan Singer was fired for being absent from the production on multiple occasions and clashing with the cast and crew. 

So, after all that drama getting to the big screen, it's finally here and arrives on DVD shelves on Monday (March 4th). 

We caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...

 

Rami Malek is stunning as Freddie Mercury...

After years of casting trouble, the filmmakers have landed on exactly the right man for the job. Malek delivers a true tour de force performance as Mercury. He perfectly captures his flamboyance, charm, acid wit and warmth as well as nailing the physicality of the man. It's hard to imagine anybody else in the role now. 

 

The rest of Queen put in excellent supporting performances...

In so many ways, this is Malek's film. But Hardy, Mazzello and Lee get plenty of chances to shine too and deliver strong supporting turns. 

 

It's a joyful family adventure...

This is not Walk The Line. The debauchery and darkness of Mercury's life is hinted at, but never really explored. Instead, Fletcher and Singer have stewarded a big-hearted family film with Queen's music front and centre. It won't please everyone, but, like the band's goal, it will get the film in front of as many people as possible. 

 

The Live Aid sequence is stunning...

The film builds to the band's triumphant performance at the 1985 supershow and it's one hell of a pay-off, with the detail and the majesty of the show re-imagined beautifully. 

 

The songs sound incredible...

But you knew that already...

 

Bohemian Rhapsody will be released on DVD on Monday (March 4th). 

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