Elise May, Critique Editor
Freddie Mercury: flamboyant stage personality, vocal extraordinaire, and star of the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody alongside Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. From their start as a band in 1970, to Mercury’s tragic death in 1991, together Queen redefined the music industry with over 15 albums. Released on November 2, 2018 and rated PG-13, the film has done extraordinarily well thus far.
The movie in question is wrought with emotion, and strives to show the struggle and humanness of Freddie’s life, beginning with his meeting of his future band mates, and the woman he would come to call his soulmate, Mary Austin. It then finishes epically with their iconic performance at Live Aid.
While it’s true that parts of the movie blur the lines of historical accuracy, and choose to omit parts of his life, it’s all done in light of the director’s creative license, and choice to emphasize his musical and emotional growth rather than his physical activities. The movie tries to help you connect with his character on stage and in his personal life, and by extension, the pain he endured throughout.
Struggling with his own identity, Mercury, as shown in the film, was often left feeling very alone, even in the midst of his fame. Giving a window into the private lives of the members of the musically genius band Queen, the movie humanizes them and shows part of went on behind the scenes.
The journey to get where they ended up was not easy, and had its fair share of lows including many hard fights between the band members. Eventually though, they would always remain together as a family and friends until the end. In conclusion I would give this movie a solid 9/10, not only for the heartwarming and heart wrenching storyline, but the obvious care and detail put into the making of the film.