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Don’t you hate when you’re opening a candy wrapper in a movie theater but the first minute of the opening is silent? Movie theater struggles...
With that, I bet you weren’t expecting to hear that when I say that the movie I was seeing was Bohemian Rhapsody! I never thought I was going to enjoy this film. Based off from the trailer I thought I was going into a film all about concerts. It would just be a concert in a film. And boy I was wrong!
Directed by Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody focuses on the life of the band, Queen. Or rather, behind the scenes. Freddie Mercury was the famous singer and songwriter who helped make Queen what it was. He was also known for his very snarky and flamboyant personality. But mostly, his hidden sexuality.
Playing the role of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek did a fantastic job! Now, I don’t know much about the band members themselves. Each actor did a phenomenal job capturing the essence of the true person. I mainly know the band Queen through their songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Somebody to Love," and "We Will Rock You."
Starring in the roles of the other members of Queen is Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon), and Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor). Their characters were wonderfully portrayed. Acting as a figure who has already lived can be tough. Each actor did a splendid job and improvised where they could.
I enjoyed all the performances but Lucy Boyton’s portrayal of Mary Austin really stuck out. Most relationships don’t work out. Instead of shunning Mercury Austin continued to support him and remained his closest friend, even being his neighbor who was always a phone call away. She never had any hard feelings against him. Life is life. Love is love.
Seeing this film proved to be a needed history lesson. Everyone has a story. When looking at a picture of a group of people in a well-known band, you’d never think that each member of Queen was fighting difficult battles.
Sexuality is Bohemian Rhapsody’s main theme. Freddie Mercury fought a tough battle with himself. The world has even fought a battle over sexuality for many years. Although not all are open to it, sexuality has become more open. That’s what this film does a remarkable job portraying. Don’t be afraid to be who you are.
The whole film feels like you’re in the 1980s experiencing all the concerts. I remember glancing over at my mom and witnessing this big smile on her face. She lived through these concerts and remembers watching Live Aid on TV when it performed. I am not a big concert goer but maybe I will attend more. They’re an experience.
Movies speak to everyone. From all generations, we have experienced different life events that have remained in our heart for different reasons. Movies are the heart of the world.
One of my favorite scenes was when the band was recording the famous song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ It is really fascinating how a song is written, recorded, and given special effects. Movies have always been my passed time where I’d spend endless hours watch behind the scenes footage. Witnessing how a song a recorded opened up my mind.
Nobody else could have portrayed Freddie Mercury like Rami Malek. Bohemian Rhapsody has some of the best scenes, memorable lines, and an unforgettable ending. Some moment felt a little too long. For a movie that I had deemed would be too boring to see I was wrong. Give every movie a chance, even if it is not your cup of tea.