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Review: Rami Malek makes a fab Freddie, but ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will not rock you

They include his bandmates, guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), whose band Smile has just lost its lead singer in 1970 when Freddie comes a-crooning. One blast of this stranger’s heavenly voice — improved, he notes, by his four extra incisors — is all it takes to overcome their initial skepticism, and lo! Queen is born, with bass guitarist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) rounding out the ranks in short order. Meanwhile, Freddie’s tradition-minded Parsi immigrant parents (Ace Bhatti and Meneka Das) watch in uncomprehending dismay as their son, born Farrokh Bulsara, morphs into an Icarus-like celebrity, a high-flying musical genius and a one-man whirlwind of sex and tabloid scandal.