Like Queen’s music, the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” uses the same power the band had to connect with its audience. It draws the people into the story and creates an unforgettable time made up of enormous hair, powerful vocals, and genuinely personal moments.
The film shows the ups and downs of the band from their humble start playing in bars to a performance at Live Aid. It also takes the viewers through the creative process behind some of their most popular songs such as “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody," all while providing a closer look at the band’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a great film that superbly connects the audience to the group. At times, it was easy to get lost in the moment; often feeling as if you are attending a real-life Queen concert.
The vibrant music matched Malek’s performance of Mercury. Mercury had a high energy about him while on stage and Malek replicated that perfectly. It was fun to watch an artist draw the audience into the music.
In the moments that the band was not performing, "Bohemian Rhapsody" painted a very personal picture of Mercury’s life by showing the struggles, he faced as he sought to find his own identity. This struggle is very relatable.
The movie also shows how Mercury bravely faced his diagnosis with AIDS. Rather than let a disease define, Mercury focused on his first love — music.
The film showed how the band over time came close to each other forming a bond that went beyond the music.
One scene that shows this is when Mercury is speaking with a record executive. He states, “We’re family. We believe in each other. That’s everything.”
He also shared that band is a group of misfits who are playing to a group of misfits who considers their music as music that speaks about them.
Not all of the scenes in “Bohemian Rhapsody” are true to Queen’s story, though — some poetic license has been taken. But a lot of it is true. I would highly recommend seeing this movie before it leaves theaters. You won’t be disappointed.
I give it four mustaches out of five.
Bohemian Rhapsody is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content, and language.