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Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rocks expectations

The beautiful story of Queen on the big screen

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Named after one of the most recognized songs of all time and one of Queen’s biggest hits, the musical biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released on Friday, Nov. 2. Directed by Bryan Singer, who is known for directing movies such as “X-men” and “Superman Returns,” the film showcases the birth of the band, its rise to success and everything that came with it, while focusing its main attention on Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer.

The plot begins in 1970 London, where Mercury, played by Rami Malek, is seen going through the motions of life. Mercury enters a pub that night and meets Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton, who becomes Mercury’s love interest and muse. When leaving the pub, Mercury meets future Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May, played by Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee.

The four unique men, Mercury, Taylor, May and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) finally become Queen. The film does a fantastic job of capturing how the band created its popular hits. While performing the song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” positive and negative quotes from the press appears on screen; this is a bit confusing due to all the words jumbled on the screen, but it ends up blending in nicely. Although it’s quite difficult to read all of the criticizing quotes that appear, they fit the tone of the scene and provides more understanding of why “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the song that changed Queen.

The two hour long film uses its time wisely. Filling each moment with emotion and anticipation, it follows the band through each layer of its rise to fame. The band is followed from the day it all started to the day it all came to an end.

The creation of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites The Dust” and “We Will Rock You,” some of the most popular Queen songs, were captured well by the film. The scene of the creation of “We Will Rock You” is simple, showing May, the writer of the soon-to-be anthem, gathering the group and explaining how he wanted to create a song the audience could be a part of.

Although the film does not capture enough of who Mercury was, Malek’s performance is unique and memorable. The movie doesn’t include much of the other members and who they were individually, but the performance of each actor exceeds expectations. The resemblance between the actors and their real-life counterparts is definitely well thought out and couldn’t have been better. Not only can Queen fans enjoy the heartwarming story of the band they love, but those who have little knowledge of the rock band that made history can watch this movie and enjoy it as well.

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