Bohemian Rhapsody: A Tribute

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Bohemian Rhapsody: A Tribute

Katie Nichols, Sr. Editor

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“Freddie, you’re burning the candle at both ends…”

“Yes”, he replied to Mary, “but the glow is so divine!”

Movie-lovers and music-lovers alike: gather around and contribute your time to the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, fall in love with creative artists, and mourn the fact that so many talented members of society have collapsed due to saddening illnesses.

The film circulates around the formation of rock band Queen and the life of lead singer, Freddie Mercury (whose name is not actually Freddie Mercury). He attends a band’s performance at a bar and meets future drummer, Roger Taylor, and guitarist, Brian May. They recruit him as their new singer, and from there, the band grows and becomes the legends we know of today.

How many times have you sat through an assembly and heard “We Will Rock You”, while tapping your feet and clapping? Have you ever once had the thought, why am I doing this, and who wrote this… how am I interacting this way? If you haven’t, keep in mind that everytime you tap your feet or clap your hands that Queen intended for you participate, due to the fact that they longed for a song the audience could have a part in.

The most intriguing part of this cinematic experience (for me, anyway) was learning the creative process that goes behind the formation of their music. Everyone had equal parts in creativity, and audiences can see the spark in Mercury’s eyes as he completely devotes himself to the music of Queen and the unique element that his creativity brought to the table.

There are a few inaccuracies in the film, such as the diagnosis of his illness and the timeline of events– many people say that it did not accurately capture Mercury’s impact as a part of the LGBT community, and some critics go as far as saying producers “fear homosexuality in Freddie Mercury.” Many wished it would have been an R-Rated biography that truly encapsulated the character of Mercury. I can see where the criticism comes from, but in all honesty, it was an enjoyable film that circulated around Queen rather than just one member.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that entertains audiences as well as inspires and pays tribute to members. I recommend it even with all of the critiques the media has offered.