Bohemian Rhapsody

Theatrical Release: November 2, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody


A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert.

Dove Review

Freddie Mercury was a performer—one of the best. Queen’s widespread fame and influence is a testament to his ability to capture audiences with his powerful songs and strutting stage persona. Despite his controversial lifestyle, everyone loved Freddie—or so it seemed. The film reveals that Freddie was so consumed by his performance that very few people actually knew him deeply, something that caused Mercury a great deal of pain. During the biopic, the audience is only offered a handful of glimpses past Mercury’s performance and into his heart. These glimpses show a man in a turmoil of doubt, loneliness, and self-hatred. Just like his self-chosen name implies, these moments only last for an instant before Mercury changes back into the performer and flashes a smile. The show must go on.

Though Mercury’s gay lifestyle is a central theme, Bohemian Rhapsody implies more than it actually shows. Mercury’s sexuality is shown as a powerful influence in his life, a strong current that swept him along, often causing him pain and confusion. This part of Mercury’s life is more of a statement in the film rather than a celebration, perhaps because it was something Mercury often tried to hide.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s best moments are found in Queen’s painstakingly reenacted concerts, when Mercury was at his best. Queen’s hit songs are exuberantly performed as Rami Malek plays his role as Mercury to the hilt, oversized front teeth and all.

Due to high levels of language and drug use, Bohemian Rhapsody is not Dove-Approved.

The Dove Take

Not as edgy as expected, Bohemian Rhapsody shows glimpses of the man behind the charismatic performer Freddie Mercury.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Mercury’s friends never give up on him, even when he goes off the deep end.
Sex: Some banter; a couple is shown in bed together; flirting and kissing scenes involving Mercury and men/women; some scenes of a gay club/bar; talk of HIV/AIDS; sexual themes/implications among other things
Language: One use of "F,” uses of "s--t," "bulls--t," "pr--k," "a--hole," "dam*," "H," "pi*s," "wanker," "balls," "twat," "bollocks," "nuts," one use of "Christ" ; also racial slurs ("Paki")
Violence: Arguing; a rock is thrown through a window.
Drugs: Prevalent drug usage; excessive drinking; smoking; pill usage; cocaine use is implied.
Nudity: Revealing clothing on men and women
Other: None


Company: GK Films
Director: Bryan Singer
Genre: Biography
Runtime: 134 min.
Reviewer: Sam K.