Published on October 26th, 2018 | by voxx0
I listen to a bit of Queen from time to time on a very casual basis, and I’ve not really explored the story of this musical sensation in any more depth than attempting to sing Bohemian Rhapsody (badly) in all the different voices on karaoke whilst drinking with friends, but in a way, this almost made me appreciate the new film of the same name more. In fact, I think anyone would be hard pressed to not appreciate this film or be touched by lead singer Freddie Mercury’s rollercoaster of a life.
Bohemian Rhapsody is brilliantly made with fantastic casting and an even more fantastic soundtrack, and the power to make you really feel things, even if you are too young to have grown up with them while they were in their prime. Real-life performances and music videos are recreated with the greatest of detail and the actors do a wonderful job of pulling their parts off with precision and grace. I think it’s probably safe to say that everyone knows at least one Queen song, and that alone should give you reason enough to be at least a little intrigued, right?
The film begins with a young Freddie at a bar, listening to a small-time band nobody’s heard of. Then their lead singer quits and Freddie offers to step in, and the rest is history. We follow this wonderfully eccentric man through his career and his personal life alongside his all important band, experiencing his highs and his lows as he navigates his sexuality and inner demons, the pressures of fame, and his love for his craft.
Beginning to understand the story behind the iconic tracks and their lyrics makes you listen to them in a whole new way, and I can guarantee you’ll leave the cinema and immediately put them on when you get home. Because though the plot is at times quite tragic, at it’s core Bohemian Rhapsody is a celebratory film and there are plenty of fun and feelgood moments in there as well, the kind that remind you why they remain so iconic today, and likely will for many more years to come.
I urge everybody to experience this film for themselves.
- By Victoria Hydes