Through the eyes of intractable lead singer Freddie Mercury, “Bohemian Rhapsody” tributes Queen’s unhinged journey to fame with their unique sound and hit songs, specifically “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a 6 minute song not only defying the average length of typical songs, but stirred much controversy in the 1970’s music industry, making it an appropriate title for an insightful and charismatic movie.
The audience is first introduced to a young, driven, and handsome Farrokh Bulsara (later known as Freddie Mercury) played by Rami Malek. Through an obvious display of Bulsara’s talent by his compulsive song writing and chilling voice, Bulsara soon approached lead guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) showcasing his talents in attempts to join the band. Bulsara wasn’t slow to earn his first gig – soon living up to his rule defying name; Freddie Mercury.
Queen’s unique style, displayed through members Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek), Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello), catches a heavy crowd and quickly rises to fame. The audience joins Queen’s complex journey composed of isolation, arguments, and endless hours in the studio leading to popular hits such as Killer Queen, Another One Bites the Dust, and We Are The Champions. The focus is shifted towards Freddie enjoying the spoils of fame comprised of immense parties ,cocaine and exploring his sexuality, quickly stirring tension between his members, all while leaning to becoming a solo artist. As Freddy is diagnosed with AIDS, he soon realizes that his time is running out and forms amends with his members. Barely managing to squeeze into the musical event Live Aid, “Bohemian Rhapsody” ends with Queen’s awe-inspiring performance for a crowd containing over 100,000 people.
Many crave the luxuries that come with fame, yet not the fame itself. Money, popularity, and a reputation is all appealing to the human eye. Yet, the underlying secrets that come with fame slowly deteriorates a person. Freddie, being my favorite character, rawly displays how fame can eminently damage a person mentally and physically through his excessive cocaine use, lashing out at the press, and throwing massive parties simply just to distract himself from reality.
Queen was one of the most controversial bands in history, very much deserving of a eulogy. For a movie with a fifty-five million budget, it definitely did not disappoint.