Ready Freddie?

Dom Nelson, Writer

Most people know the band Queen, the writers of stadium hits such as “We Will Rock You”, “We Are the Champions”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, and the writers of what is widely regarded as the best song of all time, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But most people don’t know the band’s crazy background. Thankfully, there’s a movie for that.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic that is commonly mistaken as one about Freddie Mercury, the band’s exoctic frontman, but it’s actually about Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody follows the band on its beginnings to their iconic performance at the 1985 live aid. It delivers a good look into the band that the public was really never able to see, but an especially good look into Mercury. Not only does it deliver a good story, but it delivers incredible live performances such as their live aid show, or songs that include: “Keep Yourself Alive”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, etc. As well as fantastic costume design and great makeup to portray the actors to look just like the band’s actual members.

Although the movie starts off by skimming over events at a fairly fast (but easy to understand) rate, it still gives watchers the information they need. It picks itself up for the last two-thirds of the movie and gives an incredible in depth story on Queen, mainly during and after the process of creating their fourth and possibly best album artistically speaking, “A Night at the Opera”. However, it has faced it’s criticism from Queen guitarist Brian May. May helped with the production of the film, but believes it progresses into more about Mercury than the band. A large portion of critics believed this as well. It does start to feel more like a biopic about Mercury instead of Queen. Nevertheless, it still succeeds in giving a great story about Mercury and gives watchers what they need to know about other members Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

Although faced by its fair share of criticism from movie critics, the casual viewer seems to thoroughly enjoy the movie. It garnered a 60% on’s tomatometer, but managed to get a 95% audience score. Many people are guessing that Rami Malek, who plays Mercury, will receive an Oscar nod or possibly even take a trophy or two home. Bohemian Rhapsody delivers a gripping and entertaining story throughout and is sure to go down in history as one of the more prominent music biopics.