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With the start of November just around the corner, more new movies keep appearing and one that has left people breathless is “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The Queen biopic about the band’s rise to stardom and the its fall after the death of its singer and frontman, Freddie Mercury, has left every audience in awe and has smashed the box office.
The Movie starts off in 1973, where a band called Smile, with members Brian May and Roger Taylor, are performing at a bar in London. A young Mercury had watched the band for a while and was their biggest fan. After the show, their lead singer quits. Mercury finds the band and gives them a little demo of his singing and the band takes him in.
At their next gig, they get new a bass player named John Deacon, and they perform “Keep Yourself Alive.” Mercury then reforms the band and changes the name of the band to Queen. They make a demo for EMI, a Musical industry company founded in 1931 who the Beatles also had record label with. Their song gets greenlit, which means they can make an album or song. Then, they create an album simply named “Queen,” which turned out to be a pretty good album ratings wise.
But, Mercury wasn’t satisfied and wanted to become experimental. So, they headed out to a farm house and wrote, arguably, their most famous song, Bohemian Rhapsody.
At the same time, Mercury falls in love with Mary Austin. The band, Queen, makes their second album, “Queen II,” that contains their hit “Seven Seas of Rhye.”
Queen goes on to pitch Bohemian Rhapsody to EMI, but they reject them. So, Queen quits and joins Capital Records.
Queen gets the opportunity to tour America and does so. During this time, Mercury starts to realize that he likes men. Austin breaks off the engagement, but Mercury keeps her as his best friend.
Queen released “Somebody To Love” and “We Will Rock You/ We Are The Champions” during this time period and continued with their success.
In 1982, news outlets start to question Mercury’s sexuality and comment about how he looks ill. Mercury signed to a solo album in 1981 and had many male lovers in Munich, where he was recording his solo album.
Queen regrouped back in 1985 for Live Aid, a charity for the Ethiopian famine that included many famous singers and bands. Their performance goes down as one of the most famous shows of all time.
Mercury finds a new partner, Jim Hutton, and Mercury gets diagnosed with AIDS (while the movie shows his diagnosis was in 1985, his actual diagnosis came in 1987.
Mercury died from AIDS on Nov. 24, 1991 at age 45. Queen released their final album in 1995.
Mean while, Deacon retired after Mercury’s death, May and Taylor still perform to this day.
The movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” perfectly encapsulated Queen’s journey, along with Mercury’s story.
Rami Malek’s performance of Mercury is award winning and makes it feel like Mercury is right there.
All-in-all, the movie could have talked more about the end of Mercury’s life from 1987 onwards, but even without that, the movie, even though it’s fantastic, has fallen under controversy for not following Queen’s timeline. This is definitely an issue which has deterred some Queen fans.
Also, movie critics say the film glosses over Mercury’s sexuality. While not entirely correct, they definitely made it a little more child-friendly.
The movie overall is one best movies of the year and definitely should be recommended to old and new Queen fans.