Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
Prior to their famous performance at Live Aid in July 1985, Queen's fortunes had taken a huge dip in the U.S. for several years prior to this. Despite still being hugely popular and selling loads of records and regularly charting in their native UK and Western Europe & Australia, by 1985 they were seen as a spent force in the States with so-so album sales. The band themselves may not not have helped matters having appeared in drag for the video of 1984's 'I want to break free' , a video which many conservative broadcasting networks in the US found offensive , including MTV, and refused to show. The song therefore only reached number 46 in the US charts but reached the top ten in most European countries (it reached number 3 in the UK where the BBC had no problem showing the full video to a young audience on it's flagship 'Top of the Pops' TV show which was broadcast on Thursday early evenings). 'Controversies' such as this and Freddie's increasingly flamboyant displays of 'campness' seriously hurt their US image so it cannot be underestimated just how important their Live Aid performance was in winning back a new generation of fans and cementing their position as one of the greatest rock bands. See more »
Director Bryan Singer ("X-Men" series) brings the life of Queen's frontman Freddy Mercury (Rami Malek "Mr. Robot" TV) and the band to the big screen with a vengeance. With screenplay by Anthony McCarten ("The Theory of Everything") and story by McCarten and Peter Morgan (Writer, Producer, Actor), the film chronicles the mates climb to music notoriety, highlighting Freddy's frontman antics, the now notorious 1985 "Live Aide" concert performance, and of course the death of Freddy to Aids in 1991. Malek, who is unpleasantly overly made up to mimic Freddy's unique jaw line, teeth and hair, is plausible as the driven young British Zanzibar vocalist Farrokh (his given name). As the mature Freddy, he's given all the outrageous costumes (by Julian Day) and Freddy's dances moves, and pulls them off with ease, even though his lip-syncing is over the top at times. What Director Singer does well here, is provide backstory to the raise and demise of Mercury, including a look into his personal family dynamics, his little know love affair to Mary (Lucy Boynton "Murder on the Orient Express"), who graciously sticks by him through his ups and downs, and a look at the effect Freddy's significant lovers Paul Prenter (Allen Leech "Downton Abbey" TV) and Jim Hutton (Aaron Mccosker "The Astronaut Wives Club" TV) had on his life, both who give moving subtle glimpses into Freddy's behind the glamour world. To McCarten and Morgan's credit, they provide an in-depth look at Queen's band members bassist John Deacan (Joseph Mazzello "The Cure"), drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy "X-Men: Apocalypse") and guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee "Jamestown" TV), demonstrating that the band was truly comprised of all four guys. As with most music oriented bio-pics, the film is packed with all the music and excitement one expects from Queen, and it's loud and powerful. Mike Meyers ("SNL") has a nice cameo as Queen's EMI chief Ray Forster - although I think I saw and heard "Austin Powers" in his performance. And, Aidan Gillen ("Game of Thrones") does a nice job as the guys music manager John Reid. Only a fool would pan this film, so check it out for yourself, and relive the 70's and the rise of Queen!
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