Monday, December 10, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody: You’ll be Having a Good Time!

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a dramatic chronicling of the famous British rock band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). From their beginnings as a small band, to the origins of their numerous popular songs, all the way to their famous performance at the 1985 Live Aid Concert. However, the story also delves into Mercury’s life—his marriage to Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), his eccentric attires, and his hidden life as a bisexual. The film also stars: Ben Hardy and Mike Myers.

Of all the bands to come out of Great Britain, the top three that come to mind are the Beatles, The Who, and Queen. While each band possesses numerous positive qualities that set them apart from the rest, what made Queen stand out on their own was their experimentation with recording techniques and elaborate stage performances—all thanks in part to the wild and out there lead singer Freddie Mercury. Such a style has led to a number of popular and famous songs that to this day are still being used by the media—like “We Will Rock You” in the NFL.

So, how well does “Bohemian Rhapsody” capture the tone and power of Queen and the late great Freddie Mercury? I can best describe it with one sentence. If you consider yourself a fan of Queen, then this is the film that will make you fall in love with the band all over again!


If you consider yourself a fan of Queen, then this is the film that will make you fall in love with the band all over again!


Rami Malek was an absolute gem and a perfect choice for the role of Freddie Mercury. The actor manages to capture the musician’s flow and power in his movements and performance whenever he’s on stage. More than that, he does a tremendous job giving us an inside look into Mercury’s personal life as we watch him subtly begin his experimentation into bisexuality while attempting to keep it hidden. The next Academy Awards is going to have some stiff competition, because if there’s anyone who deserves a nomination, it’s Rami Malek.

It feels almost like cheating to praise the soundtrack of the movie, because just about all the music used throughout this picture are all songs from Queen itself. If you’re a rock fan and/or a Queen fan, then you can rest assured that a number of the band’s popular and even less popular songs are featured in the movie. Halfway through the film I was practically tapping my foot along to every song.

If there’s one critique I must give “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it is the fact that it’s a drama story made by Hollywood. This isn’t a biography with interviews and commentary from the actual people, it’s a film that’s out to tell a story about a band and its lead singer. So, some parts I’m certain were dramatized, or maybe even altered for the sake of telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end. And the film does gloss over certain parts of Queen’s history—like their collaboration with David Bowie to produce the popular song: “Pressure.”

Despite this, however, the movie is a must see. Not just for fans of Queen, but people who consider themselves fans of music and even art. Because, even if some parts were changed or fabricated, there’s no denying the truth that Freddie Mercury and his band were a group of musical artists who made a contribution to the world of music. A band that loved their work, loved to perform, and loved their fans. And that’s a story that makes this film a fun and enjoyable experience that everyone needs to see.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content, and language. The phenomenal job of the actors, and the music score by Queen itself, almost makes it feel like you’re watching the actual band on the big screen. Which is why the final score for this epic film is a 9 out of 10!

Marco Island resident and avid moviegoer, Matthew Mendisana is a Lynn University alumnus. While he possesses a bachelor’s degree in science, it’s the arts that attracted his attention. In his four years at Lynn, Matthew managed to achieve Magna Cum Laude status, earn three publications in the Lynn University magazine, make a short documentary featured in the university’s Film Festival, and created a radio PSA that was later broadcasted overseas.

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