Killer Queen


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Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the year’s most anticipated film, was released earlier this month and it took the audience through the whirlwind life of Freddie Mercury and the English rock band, Queen.

The anticipation of the movie has been long awaited, as well as the interpretation of Freddie Mercury’s sexuality, how and to what extent it would be played out on the big screen.

The central location of the movie is set in London, England. It captures the band’s path from 1970 to 1985.

The movie opened with the hard beginnings of Mercury’s young adult life and the separation of “Smile,” Brian May and Roger Taylor’s first band. Although compared to the real-life version of how the band came about, the film dramatizes this. It explored the band’s initial chemistry, as well as the manner in which they delegated what songs would make it on their albums.

The movie expanded on the band’s creation of their most popular songs and how their iconic sounds were produced. The way they created sounds with every day household items. The energy of each performance by the actors was eerily realistic to the real band’s performances. From the creation of Bohemian Rhapsody to the riveting concert, Live Aid, that continues to this day, to be one of their most memorable concerts ever.

Rami Malek, who played the role of Freddie Mercury, delivered an amazing performance as the late Rockstar. He was very in tune with the manner that Mercury carried himself, from his poise to his flamboyant way of performing. Even Malek’s facial expressions seemed to perfectly mirror those of the late Mercury. Malek stated that to prepare himself for his audition for this role, he read extensively about the singer, as well as interview his former bandmates. Upon receiving the role and wrapping up production of the film, Malek states, “Here’s a man that would sing ‘We Are The Champions’ in an arena to thousands of people and they’re all singing it back to him.” He notes, “His ability to unify people, no matter who they are, was so far ahead of its time. I can’t think of anyone else that was capable of that.”

As with most movies, there is bound to be parts left out, as you cannot expect someone’s lifetime to be squeezed into a two-hour film. Yet, most of Mercury’s notable partners, both men and women, were reduced to only one female, Mary Austin and Jim Hutton who was Mercury’s partner until his death in 1991.

The bands recording sessions during the film, gave viewers a piece of what it was like to be in the presence of great music being created.  Mercury’s way of interacting with the audience throughout the band’s performances was captivating, which was well delivered in the film.