Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) | Movie Review by Mel
|Bohemian Rhapsody movie poster
Courtesy of Wikipedia
I just finished watching Bohemian Rhapsody. Wow. I forgot how much I loved Queen’s music. I now want to listen to nothing else.
I cried, I laughed, I sympathized, I loved, I smiled and I wanted to hug Freddy Mercury.
The movie starts when Freddie was in his teens. His struggles at home with his name and his identity. And his want to be something great even when his parents wanted mediocrity. Sometimes conformity chips away at your soul in a way that only a little outside the box-ness can cure.
In the movie, finding his band was chance, being at the right place at the right time. Seeing their journey simplified into a few hours might not have done reality justice (compared to how it happened in real life, it must have taken a little longer lol). However, they made it.
Tours, albums and parties oh my.
They toured. They created unique albums that hit the charts and oh did they party. A lot.
One of the stand out scene was when a record producer played by Mike Meyers (yes, let’s all take a huge dump that you missed Mike Meyers aka Austin Powers was in this film) refuses to submit Bohemian Rhapsody for radio play because the song was double the amount of a regular song in those days. That didn’t stop them as we all know because we still hear Bohemian Rhapsody on the radio today in 2019.
|Rami Malek on the left
Freddie Mercury on the right
Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly
The movie takes a journey of a young man who had a killer voice to a man who had a killer disease and everything in between. This movie is about his journey not his finality, not his sexual orientation, not about the people who turned him down or the people who tried to make him conform. It’s about his journey to the man he became because of all of that. This movie takes a spin on the man behind the music. The man that little knew but he wanted so much to be someone to love. A lost boy. A boy who made his own path, did it his way and made it . Though he passed away of a disease without a cure (at the time). The first thing I said to my boyfriend while watching the film was “he was born in the wrong era.” Would he still be alive today if having a cure for AIDS or not contracting AIDS at all? Who knows. All I know is the man and the band left some amazing music that make a lot of people happy. And that’s success in my book.
Rami Malek did an amazing job portraying the Freddie Mercury. While watching the film, sometimes, I forgot I was watching a movie.
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