Gilberto Makes Sweet and Passionate Love to BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

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FILM REVIEW: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

BY GILBERTO CAMPA

As time continues to move on from us, where moments in history seem so far yet feel like they happened yesterday, there are movies that take those very memories and place them in a capsule that everyone can enjoy. Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t just another musical biopic that gives us a look into one of the greatest bands of all time, but it is an emotional experience that will leave you floored by the end and will move you in ways that you won’t expect. Telling the story of Queen and its one of a kind lead singer Freddie Mercury was going to be a major task to take on, as Mercury’s life was far from ordinary in many different aspects.

The idea of a movie telling the story of the band was first announced in 2010 during an interview with guitarist Brian May on the BBC network, soon after Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to star as Mercury who later dropped out due to creative differences. Ultimately Bryan Singer was chosen to direct the movie with Rami Malek set to take on the role of Freddie Mercury with the movie being fast tracked by 20th Century Fox. Other issues plagued project that has been well documented and spoken about, however based off the trailers, there was excitement to see how this movie would turn out and just from an acting standpoint the entire cast was very solid. Joining Malek in this film were Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Aiden Gillen, and a very nice cameo from Mike Myers (Wayne’s World fans will appreciate it).

For much of his life Freddie Mercury kept his private life secret even in interviews and many stories and as a result rumors constantly surrounded him and the rest of the band. The way that the movie handles a majority of the events in Mercury’s life and some that we did not know about are all spearheaded by Malek. As of late Rami Malek’s work from the television show Mr. Robot has received much critical praise but the performance that he gives in this movie is career defining as he is not imitating, he truly IS Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie spans about fifteen years of the bands rise to stardom from 1970 all the way to 1985’s Live Aid Concert performance which is regarded by many as the greatest live performance in the history of music. When the band isn’t performing their massive hits such as “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “We Are The Champions,” or especially “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which were ashot s amazingly that it will make you feel as if you were at a Queen’s show, you are seeing the struggles that Mercury went through. It has been well documented now but Mercury struggled with his sexuality and let his wild and luxurious lifestyle filled with sex (with multiple partners), drinking and drugs almost destroy his career, and we get to see all of that in this movie as it does not shy away (very shockingly) in a few of the scenes that were intense. I was really surprised at his background and the relationship that he had with his father who had a tremendous influence on why Freddie was so rebellious and different from the rest of the crowd. And it’s crazy to think that someone so shy and reserved was also a powerhouse on stage.

This will make many relate to Mercury a little bit more but by no means does it take away from the incredible, once in a lifetime talent and voice that Freddie had which is in full force in the movie. Especially very much so in the last half part of the movie which moved me to tears as “We are the Champions” will resonate even more now after this film. Even if you are not a fan of the legendary band, this is a very entertaining and fun Biopic that will have you stomping at your feet for more.

 

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