Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody


Sophia Acuna, Author

Freddie Mercury was the lead singer of Queen, a British rock band that has gained international fame and created various hit songs, perhaps one of their most well-known being the song Bohemian Rhapsody. The biopic film Bohemian Rhapsody, which follows Freddie Mercury’s life and his career, is fittingly named after the song.

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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Freddie Mercury was known for vocal range and love for the stage. Rami Malek does an incredible job of portraying Freddie–from the extravagant outfits to his flamboyant stage persona. Each performance of each song–Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and of course, Bohemian Rhapsody, to name a few–was incredible, especially with Rami Malek’s spot-on depiction of Freddie. Specifically the Live Aid performance at the end of the film blew me away.

Some have criticized the film for downplaying Freddie’s tragic death due to AIDS, although it is covered in the film. But Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t a movie about Freddie’s death–it’s a movie celebrating his life and his legacy. Freddie should be remembered as more than just a victim of the AIDS crisis.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a film that is absolutely worth watching even if you just barely know Queen. After watching it, I gained a lot of appreciation for the band and their songs. Don’t let bad reviews from critics scare you away–it’s not a movie made to pander to critics, it’s a movie made to be a celebration of Freddie Mercury’s life. Anyone who even remotely enjoys Queen’s songs should definitely go watch this movie.