Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review

Brianna Doctor

    Since I was little I have always loved the iconic song by Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, so of course I had to see the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, about Queen’s journey to fame.

    The film starts off in the country of England where the band originated from. You are introduced to the lead singer, Freddie Mercury, right away. Right away the film takes you to club where Mercury watches a band play. What they don’t know is he had been following them for quite some time.

    Soon after the band finishes playing, their lead singer quits. As if it were destiny, Mercury introduces himself to the other members of the band, Brian May and Roger Taylor, and tells them he would like to be apart of their band as one of the singers.

    The rest is history after that. Fast forward one year later, the band picked up a new member, John Deacon, and pays a studio to let them record a hit single.

    After hours of singing and trying different ways to create unique sounds, they land a break. Queen had been rejected multiple time, but the band finally received an offer from their first production company and soon after, release their first album.

    While band starts their journey to become famous, the film follows the love story of Mercury and his lover, Mary Austin.

    Once the album hit stores everywhere, they became well liked in the United States. As a result, Queen went on an American tour. While on tour, the film begins to focus on Mercury’s real sexuality.

    After returning to England, the band realizes they need to begin working on their next album. However, they all agree they want their next album to be different.

    The band travels to a farm in the middle of nowhere to focus on their music. Each band member writes their own songs, but trouble ensues when they dislike each others work.

    In no time, however, Mercury introduces his idea for the iconic song, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and they work together to successfully write the nearly six minute long song.

    After recording the rest of their album they named, A Night At The Opera, they pitch their hard work to a producing company. They run into another bump in the road when the producer, Ray foster, refuses to play some of their songs, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

    The band decides to take their music elsewhere and play it for the world themselves, and that is exactly what they did. Soon after, the world began listening to Queen.

    As Queen begins to tour the world, the film starts to focus more on Freddie Mercury and his changing personality as well as sexuallity.

    Once Queen becomes famous, Mercury starts to hang with the wrong crowd. He is introduced to the gay community by his manager, Paul Prenter, and soon begins to have an affair with him.

    At this point, things start to go sour with the band. The other band members believe Paul is a bad influence on Freddie, and they are done with how Freddie acts around them. By this time Freddie has begun to drink heavily and mess with drugs.

    The band soon splits up once Mercury decides to go solo; however, the split doesn’t last for long. Mercury realizes he does not sound the same without the rest of the members, and he finally sees that Paul has changed him and not in a positive way.

    Mercury plans to meet with the band and reunite so they can perform and the huge event, Live Aid. The band reluctantly meets with him, but in the end they decided they are better together

    The band practices for weeks as the prepare for their first performance in months together. The movie comes to a spectacular end with the insane performance they put on at Live Aid.

    Overall, the movie was very good and I very much enjoyed seeing it. I would recommend it to anyone, not just Queen fans, and I would say it is totally worth seeing.



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