Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody, a captivating music biopic, is a celebration of the band Queen that specifically focuses on iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.

The film was announced in 2010, but was put on the backburner after the original actor for Freddie Mercury, Sacha Baron Cohen, left for “creative differences,” and Rami Malek was given the role in 2016. The film was originally directed by Bryan Singer, but because of his conflicts with cast and crew and tendency to not show up, Dexter Fletcher was given control. Band members Brian May and Roger Taylor acted as creative and musical consultants. The film did not fail to keep the viewer’s attention and did a wonderful job of incorporating Queen’s musical masterpieces.

The film follows Freddie Mercury’s journey from joining Queen, up until their famous performance at the 1985 Live Aid. It covers subjects such as the band’s dynamic and Mercury’s relationships. There are many conflicts such as band-decisions, ego, and Mercury’s contraction of AIDS.

Personally, I have a horrible attention span, but there was never once a boring moment. The music and the way the movie was formatted portrayed the story in an exciting way. Each song was smoothly incorporated and fit the context of the movie. Some songs, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “Love of My Life,” were given a backstory which personalized them, allowing me to have more of an emotional connection. Although there were accurate little details, such as Mercury’s use of broken microphone stands and his several cats, there were historical inaccuracies, such as the timeline in which he was diagnosed with AIDS.

However, the film also has an element of social issues. This was shown with Mercury’s relationship with people in different genders and when he is diagnosed with AIDS. Prior to watching the film, I thought that Freddie Mercury’s sexuality would be more of a significant factor and was surprised that it did not go more in depth.

Overall, I was glad to see one of my favorite bands’ stories told so artistically beautifully. Although it had its inaccuracies, the film did not disappoint in terms of entertainment and nostalgia.

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Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody