- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
- Rated: PG-13
Bohemian- a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer
Rhapsody- a free instrumental composition in one extended movement, typically one that is emotional or exuberant in character.
I was raised on the best music: The Eagles, CCR, Pink Floyd, and of course, Queen. Queen is definitely a staple in this household. I remember listening to “Don’t Stop Me Now” on repeat. That was my favorite song of theirs when I was a kid.
When we found out that a movie was being made about them, Mom knew we had to see it (I wanted to, don’t get me wrong, but not as much as she did).
So, the movie. If you don’t know what it’s about, you’re on your own. There’s no helping you.
We got to the theater a little early. As we were sitting on a bench, the movie let out and a lady walked over to the woman who was at the ticket booth. The woman opened the door and as she was talking to the lady, we heard the lady say, “It was awesome. If I could sing, I would have. Anyone who was in their twenties in the seventies is going to love it.” “The critics didn’t like it,” the ticket booth woman said. “Well, they don’t know what they’re talking about,” the lady responded. Another lady came and said the same thing to the woman. I quickly became very excited to see this movie.
Mom was introduced to Queen in ’74, with Sheer Heart Attack (Killer Queen).
Now, don’t get jealous, but she got to see them three times! She saw them for News of the World (’77- We Are The Champions), Jazz (’78- Fat Bottom Girls), and The Game (’80-Another One Bites The Dust). So, she’s the real critic here.
She may not have been in her twenties in the seventies, but she loved it. I, not even being a thought in the seventies, love it as well.
What was cool about the movie was she knew what Freddie was really like on stage. Yes, you can watch YouTube videos of him, but she got to actually see him.
Rami Malek (The Pacific, Mr. Robot) did a fantastic job as Freddie. At the beginning of the movie, he looked like Rami in a wig. By the end, I thought I was actually watching Freddie. Mom said he moved just like him.
Gwilym Lee (Midsomer Murders, Jamestown) played Brian Mays. Man did he look like just him.
Ben Hardy (EastEnders, X-Men: Apocalypse) played Rodger Taylor.
Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park, The Pacific) played John Deacon.
As far as acting goes, I think everyone did a fantastic job. Nothing seemed forced, like they were trying too hard to do it justice. No one made me realize that this movie was over two hours long.
Back in 2006, Mom and I were driving around Lynchburg, listening to Liberty University’s radio station. After listening to a song called, “The More,” my mother turns to me and says, ‘Man, he sounds like Freddie Mercury.” Fast forward twelve years later, and that lead singer, Mac Martel, is singing in a movie about Queen. He also sings on the Queen Extravaganza tour. Click here to watch Marc’s audition for the tour.
If you liked that one, check this on out. Ok, I’m done fan-girling.
Here’s what IMDB says (Marc also talked about it on Facebook):
Canadian Singer Marc Martel lends his voice to the biopic as Freddie. They use a mix of his voice and Freddie’s together, on top of Malek’s. In an interview, he said his singing was seamlessly mixed with both Freddie’s and Martel’s.
Would you like to hear the song that introduced us to him? Click here to watch the music video.
The music was wonderful (duh, it’s Queen!). You can tell when the singing is Freddie, and when it’s Marc (or Rami), but that doesn’t take away from the experience. By the way, Rami was very good at lip-syncing (better than some singers who lip-sync in music videos…you know the ones).
Overall, Mom and I were very happy with it. We learned some things, we laughed, we cried, we clapped our hands and we stomped out feet. And yes, we did sing along.
The critics may not have liked it (Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 58%, Meteoritic gave it a 49%,), but as a fan of Queen, I loved it. I can’t believe people didn’t like it! Oh well, not everything can be everyone’s cup of tea.
If there were two things to take away from this movie, they would be:
- Get rid of toxic people
- Be true to yourself
Do you want to see it? Have you seen it? What did you think of it? Comment below! Am I alone in this?
Thanks so much for reading!