Bohemian Rhapsody-A “Champion” at the Box office

Bentley Hansen, Writer

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Aired: November 2nd, 2018

Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers

Director: Bryan Singer

The year is 1970 and the era of hair bands, leg warmers, and rock music boils over into a British sensation that is still basking in fame today, Queen.

Even in 2018, the glory still rivals other modern sensations and what better way to bring a spotlight to the rock legends than a movie dedicated to the rise of the legendary man Freddie Mercury and his band.

The movie opens with Mercury running onto a stage after being called out for a performance, the crowd cheers and screams of thousands of loving fans pierce through the air.

Adrenaline pumps as Queen strides out onto the stage towards their respective instruments before the movie begins.

Bohemian Rhapsody models the life of legendary front man Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, a family reject with an explosive passion for singing and songwriting, spending most his free time over the top of a piano.

Bulsara wanders into a club after being reprimanded by his father and sees a band playing on stage, then follows them outside but without the lead singer in sight. Turns out the lead singer has abandoned the band.

Once proven that he had the talent to replace the singer who left by belting previous lyrics in the middle of a street, he begins his journey to the top.

The band now known as Queen, soon rises into the limelight and Bulsara replies by changing his name to something easier and more “star worthy”, Freddie Mercury.

This outstanding film portrays the life of the band and the triumphs achieved throughout the entirety of the manager changes, name changes, and persona creations.

Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), brings a whole new light to the character along with the motivations and his closeted sexuality. This gives a depth to the singer’s personality.

Although some people offer insight by saying the movie didn’t focus on Mercury’s death or his contraction of AIDS in the context of the movie, I personally believe that focus would have taken away from the movie, being that the movie was about the rise and the success of Queen rather than Mercury and his fall.

The actors who were chosen for the roles within the movie are impeccable, ranging from well-known stars like Tom Hollander (Jim Beach), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), and Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon) who bring to the table everything wanted from these characters and much more.

Although some portions of the movie had much more of a Hollywood influence by adding more dramatic encounters, the movie still stands true to what Queen is and the amazing creation of their greatest hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody”,”Killer Queen”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, and “We Will Rock You”.

Overall, I recommend this movie to persons who enjoy a good story and the fans who have been with Queen since the beginning.

The movie Bohemian Rhapsody gives a whole new perspective of Freddie Mercury and Queen in which a perfectly-manufactured dialogue and cast set an all-time high standard for biographies to come.

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