“Bohemian Rhapsody” celebrates Queen’s music, legacy

Lauren Kreis, Community Liaison

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Released Nov. 2,  the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” brings a cultural icon to life for fans.

  The movie, which focuses mainly on the lead singer Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, depicts how the band worked as a team to create their music. The plot covers the time from when they first formed the band through their performance at Live Aid in 1985.

As a huge fan of Queen, I had high expectations for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” When I was growing up, my father would often play his favorite type of music in the car: rock. Not modern rock, but the rock from his generation: AC/DC, Boston, Van Halen and especially, Queen. This knowledge of the band helped me appreciate the phenomenal casting. Not only were their looks spot on, but the actors also did an excellent job of making sure the audience knew who these musicians really were.

    In addition to the successful casting, the movie excelled at describing the unorthodox practices behind the scenes of Queen’s music. Most casual listeners wouldn’t have known that  “Bohemian Rhapsody,”one of their most popular songs included so many unique components, including putting water on the drums, playing the guitar and bass with cello and the almost fifty takes of the drummer, Roger Taylor, saying “Galileo.”

    Even as a fan, I learned some facts about the group that I did not already know, including Mercury’s struggle to discover and cope with his sexuality and that he left the group to make solo music.

    Another strong point was the depiction of the band’s annoyment with Mercury, as he was always late or drunk, while also portraying the message that they were always, and will always, be a family.

    Although I loved the movie, I wished that they went more into depth about Freddie Mercury’s biological family. We only saw glimpses of them but never saw their reaction throughout his career. Some of the facts in the movie also were not completely true. For example, Freddie Mercury did throw extravagant parties, but he did not have an open invitation; they were just for close friends. Also, Mercury did not meet his one time girlfriend, Mary Austin, the night he first played with the band. She dated Brian May, the lead guitarist, first.

    Even if you don’t listen to rock music or Queen, their music had a significant impact on the industry as a whole, and this movie depicts that. It’s also full of life lessons you can follow, like pursuing what you love despite what people will think of you.

 If you’ve ever been interested in Queen or the 1970s and 1980s, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a must watch.