Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Like most musical biopics, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is that. The film follows the life of Freddie Mercury, and the creation of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, “Queen.”
The film opens and closes with Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985. At that time, it was seen as one of the most amazing performances in Rock and Roll history. The film then jumps back 15 years to when a young wannabee artist, Farrokh Bulsara, became the front man for a new band and helped change the face of Rock and Roll forever. It follows Mercury’s relationship with his family and band mates, as well as thelaunching of their greatest hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It demonstrated the reluctance of the music industry to branch out into the unfamiliar. This is seen when the band has a huge argument with an industry bigwig, played by Mike Myers, the man who helped to relaunch Queen’s popularity through his film “Wayne’s World,” over the title song being six minutes long. “Bohemian Rhapsody” takes the audience through Mercury’s and the bands rise to stardom. Mercury’s partial fall into drugs, and finally his AIDS diagnosis.
The thing that comes through the most in this film is the music. Not only do you get to see the creation of some of Queen’s greatest hits, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” but you get to experience the sounds and sensations that made Queen one of the greatest Rock bands in history. Some moments in the film may be exaggerated while other moments in Mercury’s, May’s, Taylor’s and Deacon’s lives were ignored, the film still managed to bring out the most important aspect of Queen the music. This film and others like it can be found in the Bellevue University Library General Collection and may be borrowed for one week, with the option to renew once.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 22 No. 3, Summer 2019.