To say I did not know much about Queen going into Bohemian Rhapsody would be an understatement. Watching Wayne’s World on VHS was the first time introduction to the band and I am pretty sure I enjoyed Mike Myers and Dana Carvey performance more than the song. I’ve since come to really like their music, but knew next to nothing about the men behind it.
Enter Bohemian Rhapsody, the mostly true story of the British Rock band Queen, their rise to fame, incredible run of huge hits, and enviable cost of celebrity. Centered around the bands eccentric front man, Freddy Mercury, the Film does a remarkable job of blending the stories highs and lows in with concerts and performances. Taking the audience on an emotional ride, building up to a finale that is incredibly moving and remarkably reenacted.
Immediately after watching Bohemian Rhapsody, I found myself adding dozens of Queen songs to my Spotify and searching for clips of Freddy Mercury in concert. Not until I watched the Live Ad concert and other videos did I truly appreciate the job Rami Malek did in portraying Mercury. The way he moved around the stage, carried himself, and was somehow able to emulate the infamous Mercury resulted in was a once and a lifetime performance by Malek.
Safe to say there will be a new generation of Queen fans, myself included, thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody.
So, you should see this movie if…
- You thought Live Aid was a product for elderly people who fell
- You have had Mr. Robot on your DVR for like 3 years but never get to it
- You’re looking for a toe tapping, powerful, bio-pic that will stick with you