If you grew up within the last few decades, you have heard of the British rock band, Queen and almost synonymously, Freddie Mercury. If you have not, kindly break from your musical-stupor and educate yourself.
Bohemian Rhapsody follows Freddie through his life and the beginnings of Queen, but with the way Hollywood tends to change or add to any biopic, it is hard to know what is real, fake, left out or added. However, this film really tells quite a story. It is obviously heavily shortened, and some facts and dates are rather crushed together, but I found myself enthralled from the beginning. I knew little about Freddie or of the band going into this film, which made it interesting to see how they started and some of the history of the people involved.
I have seen Rami Malek in smaller roles, but not as big as this (I know, I should watch Mr.Robot) and he is absolutely sensational. He really embodies Freddie, as the performer and behind-the-performer. The rest of the cast is equally talented and some of them look quite like their real-life counterparts! It was easy to get wrapped up in the drama unfolding between certain characters, and you end up building a hatred or love for them. The writers did a good job of fitting the songs into the story, so you also get to experience a Queen concert on the big screen.
There was obviously a lot more that could have been told, but I think this film gives us a good taste of Queen and Freddie’s history. You can always look up more if you are that curious! If you like Queen, or are into biographical movies as I am, check this one out in the theater. Even if you’re not, I think Bohemian Rhapsody is entertaining enough for anyone to check out in a theater with quality sound.
by Marisa Winterbottom, Nerd