BY: ANTHONY COVINO
November 16, 2018
The new and anticipated film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” follows the band Queen from their very beginnings. The film is titled after one of the band’s most iconic songs.
Rami Melek plays the role of the lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Ben Hardy plays drummer Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello plays bass guitarist John Deacon, and Gwilym Lee plays lead guitarist Brian May.
Malek was not originally cast to play the role of Freddie Mercury. Instead, Sasha Baron initially had the role.
Cohen left the project in 2013 because he was not happy with the way the director and staff were portraying Freddie Mercury in the movie. After Cohen’s departure from the movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was put on hold.
Three years later in 2016, the film was revived when they signed Malek to play Freddie Mercury with Bryan Singer to take over as the new director.
The movie starts out with a glimpse of the iconic “Live Aid” performance scene which is also the ending scene of the movie. The film mainly focuses on Mercury and his personal life. Farrokh Bulsara was Mercury’s birth name, but he changed it later on when Queen was starting to take flight.
Mercury meets Taylor, Deacon, and May outside a club after watching their performance and asks if he could join as lead singer in the band. The three band members all agree to bring Mercury on board.
Mercury names the band Queen after the Royal Queen of England which symbolizes the band as royalty. Queen’s journey has just begun as they start to play together as a band across clubs around England.
Mercury meets the love of his life, Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton. Mercury starts to spend more time with Austin, and he eventually asks her to marry him.
The two are now engaged, but the engagement does not last long as Mercury suddenly has a change of heart. He thinks he is gay after and has trouble telling Mary.
He finally tells her that he is gay, and it breaks her heart. Mercury and Austin do not talk for a while, because she does not want to see him.
The movie goes on to follow Mercury’s personal life after his relationship with Austin has been destroyed. Queen’s rise to fame and its growing popularity in America causes his relationship with the band to be destroyed as well.
Mercury’s health starts to bother him as he does not know what is wrong with him. He finds out he has AIDS, but he keeps it a secret.
Mercury has not been talking to the band for a while, and he starts to have a drinking problem and using drugs. Austin makes a surprise visit to Mercury’s house and sees that he is not well.
She tells him that she is pregnant, and it crushes Mercury as he does not know what to say. After a long talk, she convinces him to stop what he is doing and repair his relationship with the band.
Mercury and the band agree to perform at the at the very popular “Live Aid” concert.
Freddie faces a tough decision as he has to tell the band that he is diagnosed with AIDS.
One of the iconic lines from the movie is when the band says “You’re a legend Freddie” and Mercury replies “We’re all legends.” This moment helps to repair Mercury and the band’s relationship.
The final scene is the “Live Aid” performance. The scene recreation of the whole performance is exactly like the real performance itself, and it makes the ending of the movie better. This performance is most definitely the best scene of the whole movie and was a great way to end “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
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