Kristen Dragotto, Staff Writer
Queen fans have long-awaited the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” much like a child waiting for Christmas morning, and it did not disappoint. Garnering a 50 million dollar opening weekend, the movie left viewers like myself speechless and in awe of the beauty. With this film, Queen has proven its ability to be iconic and timeless. The new movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a biographical drama directed by Bryan Singer and written by Anthony McCarten, depicts the life of well-known singer Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, and the journey of the band Queen.
The movie shows a young Freddie Mercury, originally named Farrokh Bulsara working a dead-end job as a baggage handler at the airport. It is not until the lead singer of his favorite band quits that the audience is introduced to Farrokh’s passion for music. The film takes off from there, depicting how Freddie Mercury’s life starts to spiral out of control with the increase of the band’s fame. The band members effort in trying to help save their band member is a heartwarming account of what the word family means. It is the ending however, that is truly redeeming as Freddy Mercury attempts to right his wrongs after discovering he has AIDS.
In critic Richard Barody’s review for The New Yorker, “Review: In Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury Is More Interesting Than His Music” he wrote, “Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury’s moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek’s intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channeling of Mercury’s hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame.”
Rami Malek did more than just portray Freddie Mercury – his performance truly did justice to the famous singer, capturing the role flawlessly and effortlessly. Freddie Mercury’s life in this film was hyper-realistic. The visual representation of the struggles Mercury faced with his sexual orientation, addiction, mental and physical health problems was all too real for audience, leaving them with tear-filled eyes.
The movie did offer a comedic interruption – with the outlandish and flamboyant behavior of Freddie Mercury. The other actors, however, were just as impressive as Malek himself. Roger Taylor played by Ben Hardy, John Deacon portrayed by Joseph Mazzello and Brian May by Gwilym Lee each provided performances just as powerful as Malek’s.
The background story of the band and Freddie Mercury’s past gives new meaning to each song Queen produced. The songs “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “You’re my best friend,” and “Somebody to love” prove to have a more personal meaning to the band who made these songs legendary, illustrating how the daily struggles of one man can lead to the creation of brilliant musical works.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” acts as a testament to the passion and dedication to music of Queen and their lead singer Freddie Mercury. The movie stays true to the story of the band and the singer who made them famous, offering its audience a realistic depiction of the events that took place. If you are a lover of Queen or of good movies, this is one worth checking out while it is still in theaters.