December 11, 2018
“I always knew I was a star, and now the rest of the world seems to agree with me.” Hollywood sure agreed with this statement, made by Freddie Mercury, as the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody rocked audiences around the world. With a whopping $50 million made opening weekend, Bohemian Rhapsody dominated the box office making it the highest grossing biopic of all time. The legacy of rock band Queen is uniquely preserved with stellar casting and innovative direction that captures the heart of every audience member.
Bohemian Rhapsody follows the journey of infamous rock band Queen, the extraordinary music the band created, and the unique life of lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The film explores Queen’s dazzling music, and the unconventional persona of Freddie Mercury that shattered conventional ideas of what a rock band should be. As Queen’s rise to fame brings Freddie new opportunities, he breaks from the band to pursue his career as a solo artist leaving the three other band members in utter disappointment. Following Freddie’s AIDS diagnosis, he realizes he will never succeed without his band mates. He gets Queen back together to perform for one of the biggest events of all time, Live Aid.
This movie is a remarkable celebration of Queen’s iconic music that is courageously led by actor Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury). It is a daunting task to be portraying one of the greatest rock stars of all time, but he does it flawlessly and naturally. Malek encompasses Freddie Mercury completely from his flamboyant stage presence to his heavy accent. “I jumped all in, and I put everything I could into it, and it’s been the most fulfilling and rewarding experience,” he said in Vanity Fair.
The film’s supporting cast members are equally as captivating and remarkable as Rami Malek. The three remaining Queen members, Gwylim Lee (Brian May), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), and Joe Mazzello (John Deacon), each portrays his character with his own unique style which makes the acting feel so authentic. The special bond between the four band members comes to life onscreen; audiences everywhere fall in love with Queen all over again. Lucy Boynton (Mary Austin) portrays Freddie’s late fiancée and “soulmate” with such grace and poise. Boynton and Malek have such unbelievable chemistry that makes Freddie and Mary’s relationship so believable.
Although the story captures the minds and hearts of audiences, there were many inaccuracies in the movie’s storyline that did not correlate with the actual sequence of events. The movie made Queen’s Live Aid performance a sign of conquering Freddie’s recent AIDS diagnosis. In reality, Freddie was not diagnosed with AIDS until 1987, while Live Aid occurred in 1985. Also in the film, we see that Freddie leaves the band to start his solo career after signing a four million dollar contract. Yes, Queen did take a break in 1983, but it was a unanimous decision among the four band members who all wanted to pursue their own solo careers.
Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical triumph that brings old and new generations together to cherish the music and memories of Queen. The seamless integration of ostentatious performance sequences with heart wrenching intimate moments makes for a wildly entertaining film that stands the test of time. The film beautifully captures the groundbreaking achievements made by Queen that shaped the way we listen to music forever. It is easy to understand why audiences are flocking to see Bohemian Rhapsody over and over again to relive the magic of Queen in a new century.
Quote from: www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/10/rami-malek-freddie-mercury-queen-bohemian-rhapsody-teeth