TL;DR – A film where the lack of consistency and drive leave you wondering what went wrong.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Disclosure – I was invited to a press screening of this film.
The Little Things Review –
There are times when you see a cast list and a concept, and you have a level of excitement because all of these factors should lead to a solid film. However, this is not always the case as there can be a myriad of reasons what a film does not stick the landing. Well, today we look at just such a movie filled with Oscar-winning actors that all seem to be in different films.
So to set the scene, we open with a young lady driving home down a dark street in an isolated stretch of the Southern Californian countryside. Then a car approaches from behind and forces her off the road near a diner. As she bangs on the closed doors for someone to hear her, the assailant opens the boot of his car to retrieve a bat and duct tape. The next day we come to Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington), a Kern County Deputy Sheriff, and someone clearly too old to be in such a low position. He is tasked to drive back to his old posting in Los Angeles to pick up some evidence for a court case. When there, he is roped back into his old homicide department by the new guy LASD Det. Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) because there is a murderer on the loose.
TL;DR – At the heart is the powerful story of Freddie Mercury, but you can see the difficulties of adapting a life as grand as his into a standard film runtime.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There footage during the credits that you want to stay back for.
There have been a lot of productions that have been stuck in ‘production hell’
for years before they get made (and some never exit it) and one of the big
casualties of this was the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic. It had gone through
multiple directors and leading cast before finally going into production, only
to find out that the difficulties were not done there. With clashes on set and
the inevitable replacement of the director befalling production. When this has
happened in the past, it has led to at best an uneven film, but often times the
final product is a complete mess. Thankfully, Bohemian Rhapsody avoids the latter but you can still see the
problems under the hood.