Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)



Drama (2018)
134mins UK/US

Starring: Joseph Mazzello, Rami Malek, Mike Myers, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer(s): Anthony McCarten
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Lead guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon are on the hunt for a new singer for their band. The flamboyant Freddie Mercury seizes his moment in the spotlight and he inspires the group to think outside of the box with the operatic song Bohemian Rhapsody. Flanked by lifelong companion Mary Austin and personal manager Paul Prenter, Freddie creates one of the defining images of Live Aid in 1985 and struggles to keep secret his diagnosis with Aids.

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Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Who wants to live forever? Freddie Mercury does in Bryan Singer's crowd-pleasing musical biopic, a greatest hits tribute blessed with a heart-breaking performance from Rami Malek as the charismatic front man. Bohemian Rhapsody covers the 15-year period between guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) welcoming Freddie as lead singer of their band Smile, and Queen's triumphant 20-minute set at Live Aid on July 13, 1985 at Wembley Stadium. Anthony McCarten's script glosses over the minutiae of formative years - bassist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) materialises out of thin air to enrich the group's sound. In stark contrast, the creation of the title song is a meaty centrepiece, exploring differences within the band's inner circle which includes manager John Reid (Aidan Gillen), lawyer Jim Beach (Tom Hollander) and Freddie's controlling personal manager Paul Prenter (Allen Leech)...

Bohemian Rhapsody. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, directed by Bryan Singer. Photo: Alex Bailey. All Rights Reserved.Away from the recording studio, Freddie wrestles with his sexuality while married to lifelong companion Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) and locks horns with his father Bomi (Ace Bhatti), who notes: "You can't get anywhere pretending to be someone you're not." Singer's film is bookended with an adrenaline-pumping recreation of Live Aid, where Queen stole the show with a barnstorming medley including Radio Ga Ga and We Are The Champions. It's a thunderbolts and lightning moment, electrified by slick digital effects and Malek's gesture-perfect showboating.

The script takes a few historical liberties. Mercury was reportedly diagnosed with HIV/Aids in 1987 but in the film, he confides the illness to band mates two years earlier so there is added poignancy at Wembley Stadium when Malek fixes the camera with a mournful gaze and belts out the title song's lyrics "Too late, my time has come" and "I don't want to die". The film has also tamed Mercury's hedonistic streak to secure a 12A certificate - one sequence depicts Freddie and Paul walking through a gay club festooned with writhing bodies bathed in red light, another invites us to a well-behaved bacchanalian party. Malek vanishes into the role. It's a virtuoso turn that demands Academy Awards consideration and tugs heartstrings as Freddie confronts his fragile mortality. During one animated discussion, the front man quips, "Roger, there's only room in this band for one hysterical queen."

And therein lies a problem. While the flamboyant lead singer is a beautiful, flawed creature painted in magnificent shades of darkness and light, compatriots Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon are depicted as saints: unstintingly tolerant, polite, understanding and conciliatory. When figures portrayed on screen are credited as producers, something has to give. In the case of Bohemian Rhapsody, what apparently yields is rich, compelling dimensions to the other men who stoked Queen's fire. They are wallpaper and Freddie is the fabulous, glittering decoration.

- Jo Planter

Bohemian Rhapsody. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, directed by Bryan Singer. Photo: Alex Bailey. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 15th March
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- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Everyman Altrincham
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Exmouth, The Pavilion
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, Movies@Gorey
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Maesteg, Maesteg Town Hall
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Longton VM Sports And Social Club
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Salisbury, Salisbury Arts Centre
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sittingbourne, The Avenue Theatre
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Tavistock, Tavistock Wharf
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 22nd March
To Thursday 28th March

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chepstow, Catbrook Memorial Hall
- Christchurch, Regent
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clitheroe, The Grand
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, Movies@Gorey
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leyburn, The Old School House Arts Centre
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Maesteg, Maesteg Town Hall
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Nairn, Nairn Little Theatre
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oldham, Playhouse 2
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Potters Bar, Wyllyotts Theatre
- Preston, Calder Vale Village Hall
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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