Review: Bohemian Rhapsody, The Story of Queen


Sally-Emma Calandroni, Design Editor


Queen is still iconically known as most one of the most successful bands in musical history. With such a title, the history behind the band is rich. Bohemian Rhapsody, written by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour) and directed by Bryan Singer, who was replaced by Dexter Fletcher when Singer was fired. Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic about the band Queen but focuses more so on the lead singer, Freddie Mercury, and this life leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

The subject of biopic films can be very tricky in the sense of how things are handled. Like many other biopics, Bohemian Rhapsody has been somewhat criticized with handling heavy subjects poorly, with kid gloves. The topics at hand in this movie are Freddie’s sexuality and his contraction of AIDs. With the film being set in the 1970s, the issue of being a gay man isn’t addressed at all. It seemingly ignores that there was the social stigma to begin with.

As for the acting, Rami Malek, who plays the role of Freddie Mercury, does an outstanding job in mimicking and recreating the fire that Freddie had whenever he was on stage.

The soundtrack was composed of Queen’s best hits, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Will Rock You,” “Killer Queen” and more.

Overall, it’s a fantastic film for Queen fans as long as you’re not the type to be a stickler about the facts, or if you are particularly sensitive to serious political issues. The cinematography as well as the artistic direction was out of this world and truly inspiring.