(2018) (Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A rock band rises to fame during the 1970s and '80s and must contend with success, including what it does to their flamboyant and larger than life lead singer.
- It's early 1970s London and Farrokh "Freddie" Bulsara (RAMI MALEK) is an airport worker who dreams of being something bigger. He gets the chance when the lead singer of a local band quits and Freddie convinces drummer Roger Taylor (BEN HARDY) and lead guitarist Brian May (GWILYM LEE) that he'd make a good replacement. Joined by bass player John Deacon (JOSEPH MAZZELLO) and with the band newly renamed as Queen and Freddie changing his last name to Mercury, they start writing new songs and performing.
With Freddie having a girlfriend in Mary Austin (LUCY BOYNTON) and the band getting both a manager, John Reid (AIDAN GILLEN), and lawyer, Jim Beach (TOM HOLLANDER), they suddenly hit it big, although they have a hard time convincing a recording label exec, Ray Foster (MIKE MYERS), that their newest single, "Bohemian Rhapsody," will be a hit. But it is and their success continues to build, all while Freddie begins exploring his sexuality. That includes coming on to a man, Jim Hutton (AARON McCUSKER), who works as part of the staff at one of the singer's extravagant parties, but refusing the advances of his personal manager, Paul Prenter (ALLEN LEECH).
As the band keeps pumping out hits while purposefully avoiding being pigeonholed to one formula and sound, they must contend with what success does to them, particularly in regard to its effect on their lead singer.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the band, anyone in the cast, or "putting a band" together dramas, they might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language.
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