As a lover of Queen’s music, Freddie Mercury’s voice, and movies in general, I was excited to see their story told and music performed on the big screen. I was not disappointed. “Bohemian Rhapsody” combined Queen’s memorable music with the amazing and heartbreaking story of Freddie Mercury’s life.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” follows the formation of the band and how they came to success, starting from their humble beginnings performing at bars and ending at their revolutionary performance for Live Aid.
Since the movie covers a period of 14 years, the pacing can be rushed, and it glosses over multiple important moments. I appreciate that they showed both the good and bad of Freddie’s actions while still emphasizing his accomplishments and talent.
My favorite part of the movie was the the acting. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and the actors for the rest of the band did a phenomenal job of bringing these legends to life. Another aspect that I enjoyed was the use of music to convey the events on screen. Hearing my favorite Queen songs and seeing how they were recorded made the movie so much more exciting.
Of course the movie wasn’t completely accurate to real life events, but Brian May and Roger Taylor helped write and produce the movie, which gives me faith that they were true to Freddie and Queen’s story. Even if some events were left out or changed, I think this movie did a great job of honoring one of the most influential and talented rock bands of all time. Overall, I would give “Bohemian Rhapsody” a seven out of ten, because even with some major flaws, it gave me a new appreciation for Queen and was a fun musical experience.
Kate Whyte, Copy Editor