Bohemian Rhapsody: a Movie Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind

From Tears to Laughter, New Movie Becomes a Classic


Graphic by Addy Bates and Deana Trautz

A new spotlight shines on one of the most influential classic rock bands from the 20th century.

Addy Bates, Reporter

Whether a Queen fan or not, the “Bohemian Rhapsody” gaga is one of the hot topics currently circling around in the pop culture world. Not only does the film explain why lead singer Freddie Mercury had the rare voice he had, but the movie also highlights the band’s coming to be. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a kind of magic that will make anyone leave the theater with Queen fever after watching it.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” begins with “Somebody to Love” playing and briefly introduces the infamous Live Aid concert of 1985. As the film continues, we are then transported back to young Mercury’s life, portrayed by Rami Malek, and how the band Queen came to be. At this point, is not hard to be distracted by the luscious locks of guitarist Brian May, played by Gwilym Lee, or the ambitious attitude of drummer Roger Taylor, played by Ben Hardy. It is then we are able to see the formation of Queen, with the addition of bassist John Deacon, played by Joseph Mazzello.

The title of the film wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the track “Bohemian Rhapsody” and bismillah the film did a magnificent job highlighting the brilliant experimental minds behind all four musicians, although it is not until Mercury sang “Love of My Life” that the waterworks started. As Mercury began to sing this heartfelt tune, there was not a dry eye between myself and the rest of my party. As the film continued, the audience was able to see the party lifestyle Mercury had, but we were also able to get a glimpse at the internal demons Mercury faced and how the press contributed to them.

The film finished the only way it could, and that was to end with the Live Aid concert. This was probably the most perfectly executed scene from the whole movie, with Malek and the rest of the band creating an almost exact replica of the original concert. Not only did Malek do an excellent job portraying one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, but he also did an excellent job at honoring Mercury and proving to the world how Mercury and Queen continue to this day to make the rockin’ world go ‘round.

As a movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody” does an excellent job at showing the ups and downs of the band’s story, while highlighting the evolution of the music the group produced. Unless someone is a die-hard Queen fan (like myself) they might not know the meaning or writers behind each song. The band actors did an excellent job at emphasizing the differences and teamwork that Queen worked through, from Deacon’s creation to “Under Pressure” to the backlashTaylor faced over “I’m In Love with My Car,” which is in my opinion, a beautiful ode to his “Clean Machine.” Overall, whether you are looking for a feel-good movie or a sensational biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the movie to see. I recommend that you bring some friends, family and tissues with you because this film will have you filled with all kinds of emotions.

Rated: PG-13

Length: 2 hours and 13 minutes

My Rating: 5/5 and Freddie Mercury approval

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