Brilliant adaptation of a classic! More nuanced and less theatrical than the original film based on the original off-Broadway play. Each actor gives a superlative nuanced performance, making old lines sound almost fresh and improvisational. I saw the 2018 Broadway revival 3 times and longed for a filmed version of the stage play. But with this adaptation, the audience gets so much more, allowing you to get up close and personal with each character. Bravo to director, Joe Mantello, producer Ryan Murphy, and to the entire openly gay cast for reviving and giving new life to this classic work by playwright and screenplay author, Mart Crowley. A+
Much, much better than expected or led to believe by the reviews. Rami Malek gives an incredible career-defining performance! An Oscar nod is most certainly in his cards. (Although, I suspect that Bradley Cooper will run away with the award on Oscar night.) Malek clearly poured his blood, sweat and tears into the role! Yes, the film is a formulaic bio-pic, but a very well done one! I wish it was a bit grittier and dug a bit deeper (I'm still crossing my fingers for an unrated director's cut), but it is what it is. And for what it is, it's pretty damn good! No doubt that much of the backlash over the film has to do with the controversy surrounding its director, Bryan Singer. And that's too bad, because, for the most part, the movie is a jubilant and celebratory tribute to the talent and genius that was Freddie Mercury. Ignore the critics and go see for yourself.