Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Rachel Jarvis, Contributor

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On November 2, 2018, the breath-taking movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, came into theaters. This stunning movie was definitely a tear-jerkier.  The movie shows the band’s accomplishments from 1970 to 1985. While the movie focuses a lot on the lead singer, Freddie Mercury, and his life. The movie is not just about him and his sexual orientation, but about the whole band and all of their accomplishments. Viewers say that the movie was a perfect combination of Freddie’s life and the band as a whole.

“He (Freddie Mercury) was born, as Freddie says, with four extra incisors, and the larger oral chamber is the reason for his large vocal range.” (The New Yorker). But Freddie Mercury did not just struggle with that. He was constantly referred to as a “Paki” due to his ethnic in Parsi. He also received a lot of harsh comments because he was a bisexual man living in a country that just recently decriminalized homosexuality. It was seen as disgraceful and indecent. but he got past the nasty comments and the shame threw on him and he turned out to be leading one of the most famous bands. In fact one of the last scenes was of a director that turned him down, drinking to his mistakes of letting the band go thinking they would never amount to anything while he listened to their performance at the Live Aid concert. “It is just one of the scenes and throughout the film we see this awkward, misfit aspiring vocalist leading his life with an attitude that took him places.” (Khaleej Times). This quote shows that despite all of the hate that was thrown at the band, Freddie Mercury’s attitude shut them all up and made them see the star quality in them.

For Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, he said getting into character was about connecting with Freddie Mercury and about learning the feeling of Queen’s frontman coming to terms with himself. He said that he watched interviews and he tried to find the difference between his public life and his at home life, and show both of those personalities, to give a good persona of Freddie Mercury. He even flew to London on his own money, to ask permission from the other band members and to ask for help to show his personality more.

But the making of the movie was not always fun and easy. There were accusations of the producers mishandling Freddie’s sexuality, there were rumors of the script having Freddie die halfway through, and even the original director getting fired. Director Bryan Singer was fired from his position as director after claims of him not getting along well with the cast members. One of the main incidents that came up was a clash between him and cast member Rami Malek, who plays the iconic Freddie Mercury. This clash was over the Helmer being missing from the set, which was an important prop for the scene they were trying to complete. Although Singer denies all claims of acting unprofessionally, actor Tom Hollander said differently. Tom Hollander, who plays Queen’s manager Jim Beach, said that he had to quit for a short while because of Singers unprofessional tendencies. He said that he did not show up for a lot of meetings and important dates; a lot of other staff members agreed also saying that they have stalled for him multiple times during important meetings and viewings. Director Dexter Fletcher took over the movie, although he is unaccredited. But all of the cast members, producers, and staff on board all agreed that they could not let this movie go unfinished. They all asked themselves “What would Freddie Mercury do?” and the response was, he would make sure the movie was finished.

People thought that they should have ventured more into his life because while they hinted at Freddie having multiple partners throughout his life they were not sure if it showed enough to indicate the reason of him contracting AIDS. The producers said that while they were trying to show the extravagant life of Freddie Mercury, they were also trying to honor him. They said that while they ventured into his personal life, they also stayed respectful to him and did not go too far or made him out to be an evil person.

The movie overall was a stunning movie. It was full of lots of music and showed you the personality of the band. It was definitely a movie that viewers should watch with a tissue in hand as the movie was sad as well as upbeat. It definitely made you want to get up and dance and sing along in the theaters. Especially at the end, the whole movie led up to the Live Aid concert and when it was finally shown, it was breathtaking. The hundreds of thousands of people in the crowd waiting to see Queen and singing along to all of the songs. Bohemian Rhapsody is definitely a “have to watch.”

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bohemian_rhapsody/

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/bohemian-rhapsody-2018

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/bohemian-rhapsody-review-rami-malek-slays-as-freddie-mercury

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/review-in-bohemian-rhapsody-freddie-mercury-is-more-interesting-than-his-music

https://ew.com/movies/2018/08/09/rami-malek-bohemian-rhapsody-behind-the-scenes/

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/queen/bohemian-rhapsody

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/bryan-singer-fired-directing-queen-biopic-set-chaos-1063977

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Rachel Jarvis, Contributor

Hi my name is Rachel. My nickname is Rae. I have three dogs and I love to play softball even though I am not very good at it. That is pretty much it.

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