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Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 135min
  • 61%
  • 8.3 / 10

In a society filled with people who dictate what is in tune, listening to what one’s heart truly croons is really an uphill battle. But with sheer passion and pure dedication to their craft, Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury and his bandmates prove that anyone could be a victor in the musical arena.

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Bohemian Rhapsody was named after Queen’s most celebrated six-minute song that clutched the top spot at the UK Single Charts for nine weeks. Written by Mercury for the band’s fourth studio album titled A Night at the Opera, the song quickly became a pop culture phenomenon.

But while it remains a strong force to be reckoned with in the progressive rock genre and in the entire music scene, every song of the highly-venerated group is no less than one for the books. For instance, their instant classics We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, both featured in the film, have long penetrated the sports world. These two Queen songs are usually played to encourage emerging victors of a tournament to bask in the supreme glory of their triumph.

Bohemian Rhapsody movie review

The British rock band Queen has long earned a permanent spot in the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame and is now the stuff of legend. Over the years, there have been countless tributes to the iconic band and their music – art inspired by art – but nothing quite as extravagant as the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody. This film does a good job of going beyond all the glitz and the glamour, offering a deeply intimate view into the storied life of the band’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, through all of his ups and downs.

As far as biopics go, the film has its fair share of historical inaccuracies. Events were not portrayed chronologically, some things were glossed over, others were purely dramatic license -all for that extra cinematic experience. For all of that, however, the film still does an outstanding job of staying faithful to its depiction of real historical events. It helped that two members of the band, Brian May and Roger Taylor, acted as creative and musical consultants for the film.

Freddie Mercury was nothing short of a superstar, and Rami Malek’s portrayal of the flamboyant singer deserves all the acclaim. From Mercury’s iconic dance moves to his speech patterns and behavior, Malek has got it all on lock. Excellent costume design helped bring Freddie to life, and the production design was nothing to scoff at either. Expert lighting and visual effects tied everything nicely together.

Watching the film’s crowning glory, the Live Aid concert, is honestly like watching live footage of the band’s 1985 performance. More than just a biopic, the film is also a celebration of Queen’s music and their everlasting legacy. Fan or not, one cannot help but sing, clap, and stomp along to the music. In the end, despite controversies about his personal life and difficulties with his illness, Freddie Mercury lives forever in the hearts of people because of his music. His legacy lives on.

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) is a biographical film that pays tribute to the journey of the iconic British rock band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury. This Academy Awards contender was directed by Bad Hat Harry Productions founder Bryan Sings, who is known for directing Public Access (1993), The Usual Suspects (1995), Apt Pupil (1998), and X-Men (2000).

It stars Golden Globe Award-winning Rami Malek, who landed a breakthrough role in USA Network television series Mr. Robot (2015-present). Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers co-star in the film in supporting roles. Bohemian Rhapsody earned a worldwide gross of more than $840 million at the box office, against a production budget of an estimated $50 million.