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Bohemian Rhapsody review

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Bohemian Rhapsody review

Queen in the studio singing bohemian rhapsody.

Queen in the studio singing bohemian rhapsody.

https://www.bustle.com/p/will-bohemian-rhapsody-be-on-netflix-uk-heres-what-we-know-so-far-15509982

Queen in the studio singing bohemian rhapsody.

https://www.bustle.com/p/will-bohemian-rhapsody-be-on-netflix-uk-heres-what-we-know-so-far-15509982

https://www.bustle.com/p/will-bohemian-rhapsody-be-on-netflix-uk-heres-what-we-know-so-far-15509982

Queen in the studio singing bohemian rhapsody.

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     Bohemian Rhapsody will rock you. The biopic on the lives of the beloved classic rock band, Queen, takes precedent as a fan favorite and Oscar contender. The film covers the relationship between the band prior to their formation and follows them through their rising career — discussing intimate details including Freddie Mercury’s (Rami Malek) struggle with his sexuality, and his diagnosis of AIDS.

     Support from the remaining Queen members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, who were co-producers of the project, permitted the film to be as accurate as Hollywood would allow. A less appealing, and perhaps unseen, side of the band is shown. Heated disputes are ubiquitous in the film.. You can feel the anger of the four through the screen— characters often plunging to strike one another, and spewing insults and empty threats out of vexation. One example of these off-stage arguments is seen when drummer Roger Taylor tosses a coffee maker at his bandmates, to which lead singer Freddie Mercury snarkily responds,“Roger, there’s only room in this band for one hysterical queen”.

     However, much like Queen’s iconic anthem “Bohemian Rhapsody”  which is, respectively, chaotic— transitioning from an operatic ballad to a guitar solo —  the film also lacks in cohesion. The introduction of Freddie’s three significant others is abrupt and overshadowed by elaborate party and performance scenes, thus causing confusion as to their importance in the film. The only solid relationship that is shown is the family dynamic between Queen and the love between Freddie and his litter of cats — who each have their own bedroom in Freddie’s spacious mansion. Additionally, Freddie’s battle with AIDS is nebulous. There is an attempt to suggest his diagnosis in a scene in which he faints mid-press conference — the room slowing growing dim as the pressing journalists’ voices become louder. Until the last twenty minutes of the film, when he is seen leaving a medical office, there is no explanation as to  why he falls ill. And when he does tearfully inform his bandmates of the news, he swiftly dismisses the topic by titling them as “crybabies,” cutting the emotional scene, which is essential to the story of the band, too short.

     Controlling the crowd of thousands while singing well-known tracks, such as “Radio Ga-Ga” and “We Will Rock You,” the strength of the film lies in the musical performances. Malek’s utter confidence as a stageman is illustrated as he struts confidently across stage, dressed in eccentric costumes —  ranging from sequined body suits to nothing but a tie — all while wearing prosthetic teeth to mimic Mercury’s infamous overbite. The precise portrayal of the beloved performer only adds to the sense of exhilaration that he brings. Covered in sweat with colorful stage lights beaming on them, the crowd jumps energetically with excitement, as they watch what was history in the making. And, the viewers will want to join in.

     Bohemian Rhapsody splashes waves of nostalgia on the crowd. The raw emotion that is shown draws in the audience as they watch the band they know and love unravel and come together to do what they do best: perform. All in all, the film is an enriching movie experience for all who enjoy friendship, romance, and music.

                                                                                                         

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