I grew up listening to Queen’s Made In Heaven CD and singing along to Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona. Then when 5ive released We Will Rock You, I rocked out to it. I fell in love with the emotional The Show Must Go On when it was featured in Moulin Rouge. Then when I was introduced to We Will Rock You the Musical my heart was sold. Therefore, of course I was super excited for the release of Bohemian Rhapsody.
I’m usually straight there to see movies when they are released, but I felt obliged to take my Momma to see it so had to wait for a convenient time. And it was definitely worth the wait!
Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of the creation of one of the UK’s greatest rock bands: Queen. It also has a focus on the rise and fall of Freddie Mercury and how his personal choices effected the band as a whole. There are definitely discrepancies in the story and everybody definitely needs to remember that it isn’t a documentary but a film; although Brian May and Roger Taylor were heavily involved (according to IMDB).
Freddie was played by Rami Malek, and I really thought he did a brilliant job portraying an egotistical, mostly narcissistic front man who was an over the top diva, whilst also exceptionally sensitive and lonely. The rest of the band bore a good resemblance too. The film tore at my heart strings but also had me wanting to sing-a-long and cheer. I also liked the balance of enlightening the audience to Freddie’s extra-curricular activities without shoving it in your face. I’m also SUPER glad that Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t end up playing Freddie because I think that would’ve taken it a totally different direction that I personally wouldn’t have appreciated. Overall, an interesting “insight” into a well-known band and tragic story with the unforgettable soundtrack of Queen.