Why Queen's Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a Genre Masterpiece
by Kristine Sage
5 months ago
“Fortune favours the bold.” In the 1970s and ‘80s, the era of individuality and budding creative brilliance, it was impossible to come across anybody who didn’t know of ‘Queen’, one of the biggest bands in the world comprised of British rockers routinely selling out stadiums worldwide, led by the Zanzibar-born Freddie Mercury. This movie, the epic narrative of the band’s journey to becoming one of the greatest rock & roll band of all time, had been in the works for years, and it’s finally become a reality. If the official trailer doesn’t give you chills, and doesn’t compel you to dust off your old album covers and re-watch concert videos on YouTube, who even are you?
Although aptly named, Bohemian Rhapsody is not only about the eponymous song. It’ll tell the story of the band’s 15-year journey from their formation up to their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The movie also beautifully highlights their other hits, “Under Pressure”, a song that was birthed from an impromptu jam session between David Bowie and the band, “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You”, the undying anthems of the world, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Mercury’s tribute to Elvis Presley which he wrote in a bathtub in a hotel, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, and more. And of course, “The Show Must Go On”, Brian May’s heartbreaking tribute to his frontman as he got weaker and weaker through his battle with HIV/AIDS.
Emmy-winning Rami Malek plays the legendary Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the band, who was so much more than an incredible singer-songwriter. Embodying such a force was definitely not an easy feat for Rami Malek, who himself went through drastic measures to prepare for the role, and to be frank, there probably is no actor in the world who can do Freddie Mercury justice. In this movie, we’re expecting to fully experience Rami Malek’s acting chops, and critics are claiming this is a good shot for an Oscar award.
He does all the classic Freddies. Leather catsuit Freddie, red leather Freddie, fur coat Freddie, be-crowned Freddie, white jumpsuit with angel wings Freddie, you name it, and they’ve done it with a classical touch. And of course, who can ever forget Live Aid Freddie, a look, style, and feel that Rami Malek nailed down to every detail.
Ultimately, the film features epic storytelling of the band’s journey, with utter finesse and respect to every single one of its members. The band was, and is, and will forever be, one of the most successful ever. They broke boundaries, and gave so much soul to making dynamic music that became all-time classics. Their frontman was a fascinating individual, a true enigma, and a breathtaking talent. Whether or not you are a Queen fan, it would be challenging not to be intrigued.