I'm a Queen superfan.

Name an album, and I can tell you what year it was released, the lead single, and who produced it.

I even took a vacation side trip once just to see the famous Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux, Switzerland.

So I was both excited and a little anxious to see the Freddie biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, especially considering the lukewarm reviews.

But I'm not here to write a full movie review.

I'll say this much - the movie itself was OK.

The narrative and character development could have been a lot better and there are well publicized liberties taken with the timeline of real-life events.

But, oh, the music!

Go for the music.

And when you do, take the drive north of Ocean County and see it at Monmouth Mall's "Dolby Cinema at AMC".

If you're going to see a meh movie about amazing music, this is the only way to see it.

The seats literally vibrate with every drumbeat and roar of the crowd.

The 1985 Live Aid concert that is replicated in the movie (and when I say "replicated", I mean that every little detail was painstakingly duplicated for the movie; from the stage, to the band's outfits, and even the drinks haphazardly left on top of the piano) was 34 years ago, but for 20 minutes, you're transported back in time to become a spectator smack in the middle of tens of thousands at London's Webmley Stadium that July evening.

I know that this sounds corny, but I don't say it lightly - as the music soared and my seat rumbled, I literally got goosebumps.

All due respect to Rami Malek's portrayal of the rock god, who he clearly spent a lot of time studying, from the big stuff like his preening and strutting, down to the little stuff like the smallest tics and gestures, but, well, it just isn't really a great movie as a whole.

Which is not to say that you shouldn't see it.

You should absolutely see it.

But see it in the biggest, loudest theater at the Shore while it's there.

It's not an "I'll wait for the home release" kind of movie. It's a "catch it while you can and be prepared to have your ears ring for a little while after" kind of movie.

 

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