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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody

I’ve been a fan of Queen ever since I first heard the opening voices of Bohemian Rhapsody. In 2005, I was fortunate to spend a week in Las Vegas, and attended the musical We Will Rock You. Entirely based on the music of Queen, it was a stage extravaganza complete with stomping to the iconic title song. I loved it.

As I did the film Bohemian Rhapsody, chronicling the genesis of the British band Queen, and most notably, the life and times of their lead singer, Freddie Mercury. It is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language.

The film won Best Motion Picture - Drama (why not best musical, go figure?), and Best Actor (Drama) for Rami Malek at the Golden Globes. As Freddie Mercury, Rami’s performance was outstanding, and I felt myself being pulled into the story so deeply, I forgot I was watching an actor play the charismatic and self-destructive star.

There is a Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-A-Long at a local theater, which I assume means no one in the theater should care if you choose to sing along to the stellar lyrics of the songs being belted out as background, or during the Live Aid concert. Personally, I liked the quiet in the theater, other than the occasional laughter at a funny moment, or the sniffling with tissues during the deeper scenes. The film shows the creative spirit in all four of the band members, and paints a compassionate portrait of the gifted Freddie Mercury.

Academy Award nominations for the film include Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Best Actor Rami Malek, and Best Picture. Don't let this film pass you by without seeing it in the theater.

Have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody? How did you like it?


  1. You are the first person giving a very positive review of this film. Every other movie blog I follow didn’t have a lot to say about this film except for Malek’s performance and even then, there was some criticism. I will see this film but not sure when

    1. That surprises me. It's getting a lot of awards, and I sure enjoyed it. By the way,I put a link to your blog on mine. I enjoy visiting it, and all the films you come up with to write about!

  2. Hi Sue - I loved the film ... I thought it was a story about Freddie ... of which, of course, the music and Queen members were totally intrinsic - I thought it was really done and provided a different insight into the ensemble and their story together. Based on Bohemian Rhapsody and how that song really defined their style. I'd love to see it again - and am sure I will sometime. Really good ... I suspect people weren't seeing it as a story ... but I totally enjoyed it! Cheers Hilary

    1. You and I have the same take on it. Good to hear from you again!