Review: Bohemian Rhapsody


Being born in 1999 means I grew up hearing new songs from the likes of Girls Aloud and the one and only S Club 7. But this definitely didn’t make me a stranger to the music from Queen.

Queen is the ONLY band I want to listen to since seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, the incredibly moving drama and documentary focused on the life of Freddie Mercury.

I’m even listening to Queen right now, and probably as you’re reading this.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a tribute that truly tells the story of Queen from 1970 until 1985. Many people, especially in my generation, found the film extremely interesting. Even having little prior knowledge of Queen and the story behind Freddie Mercury’s life, the film answers all the questions you need to know without just being a boring play by play of his life.

Photograph of actor Rami Malek by wikimedia commons

Actor Rami Malek who plays Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury is played by actor Rami Malek, known for The Night at the Museum trilogy. He received a Critics Choice Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for his lead role in the television series Mr. Robot. After his energy filled performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, which transformed him into his character, there has been many talks of an Oscar nomination.

The film shows the confident character which Freddie Mercury was. Mercury was bisexual and feminine in a world which didn’t have the level of acceptance it has evolved to have today.

Rami Malek embodies this aura of self belief that Freddie Mercury had. When compared to videos, especially of Mercury performing, the similarities of his body language is a skilful work of art. It is details like this that makes the film so special.

Photograph of Freddie Mercury from 1977 by Wikimedia commons

Freddie Mercury in 1977

The fact that this film has been released nearly 27 years since the passing of Freddie Mercury makes the film even more iconic.

It shows how the influence of Queen is still so at large today. Even though its been so many years since they changed the music industry and gifted the world with there songs.

Bohemian Rhapsody is creative, energetic, imaginative and if I could only use one word to describe it, it would easily be powerful.

Before entering the cinema I never really knew the story of Queen or Freddie Mercury.

During the film I was so engaged. For 134 minutes my eyes never left the screen.

And After, I felt emotional but also happy in a way. As the end credits were showing there were videos of the real Freddie Mercury on stage. I felt a sense of awe from everyone in the room. We had all received an in-depth insight into his life that felt so personal. It was as if we all knew him. People were crying and no one left until the very end.

Watch the trailer below.

Rating: 9/10