Whether you’re Queen’s biggest fan or you’ve never heard of them in your life, Bohemian Rhapsody is a must see. As you’re watching, you will become so engulfed in the drama that you feel as if you’re along for the journey, and not just watching from an outsider’s perspective. By the end of this movie you’ll have gained a massive amount of appreciation for the tragedies that fame can bring about.
Rami Malek, a 37 year old American Egyptian actor, was chosen to play Freddie Mercury-the lead singer of Queen. Everyone who has seen the movie agrees this choice couldn’t have been more spot on. The way he embodies the complicated but passionate soul of Freddie will leave you speechless.
No band is complete without a guitarist, drummer, and bassist. In Bohemian Rhapsody these characters play only minor roles, but nevertheless they are essential elements to the band. Without them, Queen would not be Queen as we know it.
English actor Gwilym Lee plays Brian May, who is regarded as one of the best guitarists in the world. Ben Hardy, another English actor, takes on the role of Roger Taylor, an extraordinary drummer. Queen’s bassist, John Deacon, is played by Joseph Mazzello who does an excellent job in this film as well.
In Bohemian Rhapsody, the song “Love of my Life” is especially highlighted as it had a special meaning in Freddie Mercury’s life. It was written for his then fiancé Mary Austin. The two met when the band was first starting out, and they soon began living together.
After a few years together, Freddie proposed and they were engaged for a time. But, as Queen became more and more successful, Freddie was forced to confront the fact that he was gay. When he broke the news to Mary Austin, she was very understanding and they remained lifelong friends.
Towards the end of the movie, things were not looking great for Queen. The band has been disputing frequently, and it looks as if they’ll be torn apart for good. Freddie, who had pushed his band members away, becomes ill and tragically gets diagnosed with AIDS, unsure of how long he has left to live.
Things only start to turn around when Freddie breaks the news of his illness to the band. Through this trauma, they reconcile and agree to get back together. They play at a concert called Live Aid, which was a massive charity event for famine support in Africa.
Live Aid, which took place in 1985, ended up being one of Queen’s biggest concerts. The real concert was in Wembley stadium, but since then it has been demolished. In order to recreate a similar experience to the actual concert, Wembley stadium was rebuilt to scale on on an old air strip in London.
Rebuilding this concert venue was important because it closes out the movie. It serves as a way to leave you feeling energized and uplifted, rather than emotional about Freddie’s diagnosis with AIDS.
Bohemian Rhapsody went on to win best drama at the golden globes. This is unsurprising because in the movie, not only do you learn more about Queen, but you also gain an appreciation for music that you didn’t know was possible; it forces you to realize how short life can be, and teaches you to make the best of every day.