SYNOPSIS: Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
[Brian May finishes Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo in
So now what?
Freddie Mercury: Oh, this is when the
operatic section comes in.
Brian May: Ah. The operatic
[talking about Bohemian
It goes on forever, six bloody minutes!
I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.
Freddie Mercury: Let's do it.
year is 1970 and Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie) is a dreamer, a
voice, and a talent with tremendous charisma just waiting
to break out. At that time I can only imagine how
difficult it would be for someone of a non-anglo saxon
heritage to be front and center in the spotlight in Great
Britain, but that did not stop Freddie or even slow him
down one bit. His talent and non-conventional ways made
him stand out at first but musically the time was ripe for
his bohemiam style and sound and it was just what Queen
needed. Together they took the world by storm and
succeeded furiously. He had to get past any initial public
resistance, financial setbacks and risks, how people would
react to his slight dental deformity (his jaw and teeth
which happens to be key to his singing abilities), the nay
sayers in the industry, and even part of his own family to
accomplish his dream and he did. He along with Queen can
proudly say that they did it their way.
Mark these words: NO ONE will play Queen.
Fortune favors the bold.
No-one is going to be head-banging in the car to Bohemian
I know I'm using a lot of quotes but I just can't
help it because they are so good and are at some of the
best moments in the film. As for the head-banging quote,
well it's so appropriate that the character that says that
line, Ray Foster, is played by none other than Mike Myers.
You will understand the reference if you've seen Wayne's
World. As for no one will play Queen, well I think we all
know what happened. This film explores Freddie's and
Queen's journey and takes you on a rock and roll ride as
unique as Queen itself. This is not just some kind of
rockumentary, it's a musical and cinematic experience.
It's like going to a concert and what an amazing concert,
what an amazing band, and what an amazing story. This is a
foot stomping, head banging, sing along type of movie that
will pull at your heart strings, maybe even draw a tear or
two, and will demonstrate just how legendary Queen was. It
explores his ups and downs with the true love of his life,
Mary, and his struggle with homosexuality. It basically
follows the band, focusing mostly on Freddie up to and
culminating at the Live Aid concert in London, July 13,
1985. That was one of the best moments in Queen's history.
The cast of this show really did everybody justice, most
especially Rami Malek who just totally nails his
performance as Freddie Mercury. There are certain
biographical films where the lead actor gives such a
genuine performance that you start to believe that the
actor has become the person they are playing. This is one
of those cases. I mean you might think you ARE watching a
rockumentary with actual footage, it is so well done. Even
down to the dialogue and manerisms, these movie makers got
the details right. Well known Director Bryan Singer proves
once again that he is not just an action flick guy, but
can also give us a fine drama/history piece. On a personal
note, the song Bohemian Rhapsody in my opinion is easily
one of the best and most unique songs in worldwide
recorded music history. It is a ballad, it is rock and
roll, it's an opera, and it's a cool story too. This is
one of those songs that demands you sing along and feel
the emotion embedded in it. Yours truly has been caught
many a time singing this song in my car with all the
proper gestures that the song calls for. Thanks to this
song, my performance helped me conquer Priscilla's heart.
She must be a sucker for silly men. If you are a fan of
Queen, this is a must see.
Review By Cine Marcos
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