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Bohemian Rhapsody: A Movie Review

Hannah Jaros, Staff Writer

Bohemian Rhapsody was the film I’ve been waiting for all year. Being a fan of everything from the previous decade, I’ve loved Queen ever since I can remember. Freddie Mercury was the epitome of flamboyance and had an individualized magic when he performed. When I finally bought tickets, I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my enormous standards, but I was very mistaken.

Despite its subpar review on Rotten Tomatoes, Bohemian Rhapsody was an iconic film. Rami Malek nailed Mercury’s 5-octave voice and highly theatrical movements; he had to work with a vocal coach and choreographer to achieve Mercury’s signature moves. The costume and makeup department also had a starring role. Queen was known for its dramatic costumes and big 70s hair. Honorable mentions include Brian May’s permed hair, Freddie Mercury’s prosthetics (nose, teeth) and the band’s Live Aid outfits.

Critics of the film say that Bohemian Rhapsody was bland and flat, erasing much of Mercury’s wild private life. However, the film included details such as Mercury’s drug and sex addiction, rambunctious parties, and various relationships. Bohemian Rhapsody may be a dramatized version of the history of Queen, but it truly is a spectacular film.

If you’re a fan of Queen music, flamboyant bisexuality, or rock history, buy your tickets now!

 

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/10/31/freddie-mercury-rami-malek-upbringing-helped-him-play-queen-singer/1819592002

https://variety.com/2018/artisans/production/rami-malek-freddie-mercury-bohemian-rhapsody-1202990488/

Photo from: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57419421

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