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Bohemian Rhapsody 2018 movie review

Malea Biswell, Editor-in-chief

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I recently went to see the new movie on Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie is named after the classic rock anthem by Queen, released in 1977.

 

I belong to a phenomenally large group of people who are in love with Queen. From baby boomers to millennials, everyone can head-bang to a Queen anthem.

 

When I went to watch the movie, I went in with some pretty high expectations. I watched some of the trailers before the movie came out and it looked like a really good movie. The lead role of Freddy Mercury, played by Remi Malek from iRobot, completely stole the show. The movie would have been completely lackluster if it wasn’t for Malek’s stunningly accurate representation of Mercury. In last scene of the movie, the Live Aid concert, Malek matched Mercury’s movements from the original performance exactly. When you watch the original performance and the Live Aid scene from the movie they look almost identical. I applaud the director Bryan Singer and Malek for so accurately portraying the legend.

One criticism I had of the movie was that

 

they only mentioned Mercury’s bisexuality once. In a scene where Mercury is attempting to come out as bisexual to his then wife Mary Austin, she completely shuts him down and does what society did to Mercury’s bisexuality- completely ignored it.

 

I understand why Singer chose to do this, they’re showing Mary do what all of Queens fans did by labeling him as gay simply because he had relationships with men, but personally I wish they would’ve expanded on his struggles with being bisexual. I feel like that would’ve been an interesting thing to add.

 

Overall, I thought the movie was really great. I’d rate it a 4.8/5. Malek’s performance and Singers directing completely sold the show.

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Malea Biswell, J1 writer

Hi! My name is Malea Biswell; and I am a writer for NorthmanNews and for The Northmen's Log magazine. I’m very excited to be on the staff this year,...

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