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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you right out of your movie seat

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you right out of your movie seat

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The film "Bohemian Rhapsody," which tells the story of Freddie Mercury and the rise of the band Queen, was released in theaters Nov. 2.

Photo by Paige Ritson

The film "Bohemian Rhapsody," which tells the story of Freddie Mercury and the rise of the band Queen, was released in theaters Nov. 2.

Photo by Paige Ritson

Photo by Paige Ritson

The film "Bohemian Rhapsody," which tells the story of Freddie Mercury and the rise of the band Queen, was released in theaters Nov. 2.

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With only 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb, the drama biography “Bohemian Rhapsody” scored high in my personal opinion.

Farrokh Bulsara, also known as Freddie Mercury, was played by actor Rami Malek who did a stunning job in representing Freddie for who he was and who he became. Brian May, the lead guitarist and vocals, was played by actor Gwilym Lee. Roger Taylor on drums and vocals was played by actor Ben Hardy, and John Deacon on the bass guitar was played by actor Joseph Mazzello.

The film starts out in 1970 with a young Mercury watching a band named Smile formed by May and Taylor. Their lead singer, Tim Staffell, quits the band to join Humpy Bong, and Mercury offers to replace him. Later on, Deacon also joins the band by becoming the bass guitarist that wholeheartedly brings the band together.

Queen is one of my most favorite bands of all time, and I’m very pleased with how the movie not only recognized the lead singer for his greatness but also his flaws. On their first tour, Mercury, although engaged to Mary Austin, starts to question his sexuality. I love that the director really heavily focused on this part of Mercury’s life because back in the 70s, many people were still judgmental about homosexuality, but Mercury wasn’t afraid to be who he was. Yet while he was famous, he had problems too.

By 1975, the band recorded their fourth album and out of the whole movie this was my favorite scene. It shows the making of the famous song “Bohemian Rhapsody” and shows Taylor trying to hit the high notes while Mercury is in the background yelling “Higher! Higher!” Out of all of the songs Queen has produced, it’s my favorite song, and it was amazing to see how hard each band member worked to create this genius six minute long song.

Although I loved watching this movie, there were some flaws in it. I definitely would’ve liked to see why they named the famous song “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the first place, as it would’ve been cool to see the meaning behind it. The movie was also over two hours long, and I feel as if they didn’t need to make it that long since there were some scenes that felt like fillers in the plotline.

Despite some problems that popped up in the plot, I loved hearing Mercury’s breathtaking vocals, and the emotion was so overwhelming and real, it made me tear up a couple of times. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great movie, and whoever disagrees will most certainly bite the dust.

About the Writer
Paige Ritson, Reporter

Paige Ritson is a second-year reporter who loves watching serial killer documentaries and can eat a whole pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in five minutes.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you right out of your movie seat