Bohemian Rhapsody is lucky enough to bask in the reflected glory of Queen, one of the most memorable and iconic rock bands in all of human history. The movie detailing their stories does not share its source material’s lofty ambitions. I really wish the movie took the time to understand why Queen was so beloved by millions. Breaking from formulas seems like an adequate answer, save for the millions of unconventional bands, people and things that languish in obscurity, while formulaic material gets famous routinely. Honestly, this unremarkable, cookie cutter musical biopic is the very antithesis of its unconventional subject, saved only be the fact that it’s a really, really good subject. Don’t trip over yourself to see with one in theaters. Just check back with VH1 after a few months.
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