The Beauty of “Bohemian Rhapsody”


Austin Emery

What do you know and not know about Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury? “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the 2018 film released this past month, was essentially a fun review of Mercury’s life and legacy as one of the most recognizable artists of all time.

The movie was enjoyable since it maintained its good momentum and incorporated a lot of music scenes into the dramatic life of Mercury.

Unlike some biopics or even movies in general, “Bohemian Rhapsody” kept the audience engaged by keeping a consistent pace through the movie. It smoothly transitioned through the phases of Mercury’s career and didn’t pause at one moment of it. Some humor, although not enough to categorize the movie as a comedy, helped lighten the mood through the somewhat dim lens that parts of the movie had.

The movie also did a good job of blending the music with Mercury’s personal story, as well as just having fun. Spoilers beware, but the film showed how relationships got strained and how dramatic the Live Aid concert could have been for those close to Mercury. The film had performances of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Are The Champions”, “We Will Rock You”, and countless more.

As some on the Internet noticed, Rami Malek’s portrayal of Mercury on stage at Live Aid in 1985 was perfect to the very movements he made. There are some videos that feature the movie’s performance next to footage of the actual performance itself, so that’s something cool to know.

As cliché as it may sound, I can’t think of a good similar movie to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It’s a movie of its own. It’s a drama but it’s also about music, so if you like musicals and dramas, this would be a good match for you.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is certainly worth your time, whether you’re familiar with Queen or not, fan of rock or not, and either young or old. It’s a movie for all ages and all sorts of people.