Mary Austin (Freddie's Girlfriend)
Jim Hutton (Freddie's Boyfriend)
Ray Foster (EMI Executive)
About the film
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Producers: Graham King, Jim Beach
- Running Time: 134 minutes
- Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
- Budget: $50 - $53 million
- Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
- Released: 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film about the legendary rock star, Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen and the formation of the band. It leads up to the Live Aid concert in 1985. The film actually starts with Live Aid show and Freddie preparing to walk on stage. Then it goes back to when Freddie was a young man living at home with his parents and sister. Born Farrock Bulsara, we see how he works as a baggage handler at Heathrow Airport before forming Queen.
When Farrock meets Brian May and Roger Taylor at a pub gig, he finds out that their lead singer has resigned and he offers to replace him. They're reluctant to start with though, but once they hear him sing they let him in the band. It's around this time that he starts dating Mary Austin. This was back in the year 1970.
Farrock then starts using the name Freddie Mercury which, incidentally, he changed legally by deed poll, much to his Father's annoyance. The film is basically a celebration of the much loved band and Freddie. Freddie was very much in favour of audience participation, and this is prominent with the hit song We Will Rock You. I rather like where you see them discussing the audience involvement and how they could clap and stamp their feet to the rhythm of the song.
The film really tells the story of how the band rose to stardom and how they defied all the odds to get where they were. Freddie himself faced personal battles with his sexuality and his Father's strict upbringing, which will be highlighted in the film.
One of the most interesting parts of the film for me was the making of the song Bohemian Rhapsody and how they had the trouble of getting this song air time on the radio. Freddie finally got help from Kenny Everett on Capital Radio. They subsequently became long-term friends. Rami Malek who plays the rock star, portrayed Freddie excellent, I thought. It was interesting seeing them rehearse and make this song. Brian May was the one that instigated the process of audience participation with We Will Rock You. Of course, Freddie being the superstar he was, was a natural at getting the audience excited and singing along with them. Malek plays a really good role at portraying Freddie. The way he talks like Freddie and struts around the stage is really good.
Not only do we get to see the professional career they had over the years, but also the personal battles that Freddie had with his sexuality. When he admitted to his girlfriend Mary that he was gay, they still remained long life good friends. Freddie was clearly a very flamboyant character and this showed in the film with the parties he had and the way he acted on stage. Of course, the star of the show is Freddie Mercury himself, and Rami Malek plays an outstanding role. This doesn't mean that the other band members have a lesser role in the film. Indeed, we see how they have their ups and downs, like any band I guess. There's there's certainly a few hurdles to jump over, including the management too. Personally, I really enjoyed this film!
© 2021 Louise Powles
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 16, 2021:
I’ve never seen this movie, though I’ve heard about it. I’d love to watch it. Thank you for sharing the information.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 15, 2021:
The movie totally captured my heart and at the end I am blubbering and then I have to go to YouTube and get a real Queen concert video and see Freddie in all his glory.
DW Davis from Eastern NC on May 15, 2021:
I heartily agree with your review of the movie. The film was enjoyable from beginning to end.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 14, 2021:
This is an excellent review of Bohemian Rhapsody, Louise. I liked your review and the trouble they had getting this song together and played is an interesting aspect. Thank you for this review.