“Bohemian Rhapsody”: a biopic that “will rock you”


Freddie Mercury, portrayed by Rami Malek, in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (20th Century Fox via ABC Australia)

Sloane Warner

The long-awaited biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released in theaters on November 2. The movie, directed by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher, details the journey of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted band “Queen” and focuses on the life of the late lead singer Freddie Mercury. Queen, and Mercury specifically, defied stereotypes within the rock and roll community as well as the larger pop culture community. Mercury never publicly revealed his sexual orientation, but he began to openly have male partners in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The speculation surrounding Mercury’s personal life added to the air of mystery surrounding the band.

Rami Malek, who portrays Mercury in the movie, said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that he was originally noticed by the producers, Graham King and Dennis O’Sullivan, for his jawline, which holds a likeness to Mercury’s. The resemblance of the actors to the actual band members is almost uncanny; Joseph Mazzello was cast as John Deacon, Queen’s bassist, Gwilym Lee portrayed Brian May, the band’s guitarist and Ben Hardy was cast as Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer. Though each member’s character grows with the band, Mercury’s life was the most conspicuous and became the focus of the film.

The film opens with Queen’s interpretation of the 20th Century Fox Fanfare, which is featured on the film’s soundtrack as well. The album was released by Queen in conjunction with the movie in order to give fans both classic songs as well as newer options, such as recordings from the band’s show at the “Live Aid” Festival in 1985.

The band’s most well-known songs, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Love of My Life,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and more are used to back the plot. The creation of each song is detailed, and the audience is shown how each connects to events in the band’s, and specifically Mercury’s, lives.


The official trailer for the movie. (20th Century Fox)

The movie broaches topics that were sensitive in the seventies and eighties, and are still prevalent today. These include the acceptance of young adults by their parents, acceptance of homosexuality and stigmas surrounding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). These issues affected Mercury and the band as a whole throughout their career.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” though not a feel-good family movie, leaves viewers with a sense of returning to a fond memory, due to the use of classic and familiar rock music. The band is instantly recognizable, emphasizing the quote from the movie: “every band is not Queen.”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is rated PG-13. It runs for two hours and 13 minutes and is showing in movie theaters across Atlanta.

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