Bohemian Rhapsody: A Review


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Anya Sastry '20, Contributor

When Bohemian Rhapsody hit the big screen, fans rushed to theaters to watch the two hour celebration of the iconic British rock band that shaped the 70s and 80s. The movie traces the journey of Queen, starting out with when they formed and following the band up until their 1985 Live Aid concert, a performance that has been referred to as one of the greatest live performances of all time. While the movie focuses on the band’s rise to fame, it also provides a look into the life of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, and the various hardships that consumed his personal life. Rami Malek, who plays Mercury, portrays him well and perfectly captures his character, even getting marks of approval from Queen member, Brian May, as well as Mercury’s sister, Kashmira Cooke.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s heavy emphasis on Mercury’s personal life was what I found the most riveting aspect of the movie. Throughout the film, the audience is pulled into the darkest stages of Mercury’s life, as he struggles through substance abuse, bad influences, and his AIDS diagnosis. The movie allows the viewer to see for themselves the struggles that Mercury had to overcome, a contrast to how the media might have portrayed him and his troubles, back in the 80s, as well as now.

While watching the movie, I also found myself enjoying how well the Queen songs were integrated into the plotline of the movie. As someone who is growing up in the generation post-Queen, the band has not had a direct influence on my life and before watching the movie, I only recognized some of their more popular songs by name, such as “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Even though I was not familiar with most of the names, I recognized majority of the songs that were featured in the movie, songs that I have heard so many times, even years after the band’s prime. This goes to show the lasting influence that Queen has had, touching the hearts of everyone, despite our many differences.

For the two hours that I spent watching the movie, I was completely wrapped up in the story of Queen, their rise to fame, and the troubled life of their famous lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The movie was truly able to convey the kind of positive impact that the band had on people from around the world and for those two hours, I felt like I was there, with the fans, during the ‘80s, moving to the beat of a Queen song.