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Ely Buendia Says 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is "the best rock biopic since La Bamba"

Rami Malek's Mercury gets a noteworthy cosign.
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Next week, Bohemian Rhapsody, the much-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek, will finally hit theaters in the Philippines. And while it's worrisome to remember that the production was marred by some directorial issues, Queen fans should still be excited to see it, if only for Malek's portrayal of Mercury and of course, to see the band's iconic songs come to life on the big screen.

But if that's not enough to get you to haul yourself to theaters for this, consider this significant cosign from none other than Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia:

Bohemian Rhapsody is hands down the best rock biopic since La Bamba

Posted by Ely Buendia on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Buendia got to see the movie at an early screening, and as a musician himself, likely familiar with the trials and tribulations of fame and the rockstar life, his opinion probably counts for something. And it's certainly high praise to say that Bohemian Rhapsody is the best since La Bamba, the 1987 Ritchie Valens biopic, which was acclaimed and awarded (96 percent on Rotten, if that means anything to you).

Among the other rock biopics that have come out since La Bamba are 2005's Walk the Line (about Johnny Cash), 2007's I'm Not There (about Bob Dylan), and 2010's The Runaways (about the band of the same name, led by Joan Jett). There have also been a bunch of lesser-acclaimed ones, about artists like Kurt Cobain, the Doors, and the Sex Pistols.

But other early reviews haven't been quite as kind to Bohemian Rhapsody. We're now about a week away from its Philippines play date, and most impressions have been negative. IndieWire has called it "a broad, frivolous, and uselessly formulaic biopic," while the Guardian says it's a "rock slog with a troubling moralistic subtext." The general consensus is that Malek saved the movie from biting the dust altogether.

So for now you can say the impressions are "mixed," and wait to see the movie yourself when it hits on Wednesday, October 31.

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