Pass the Popcorn – Bohemian Rhapsody

Parker Galloway, Entertainment Editor

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THE STORY
The story of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is rather complicated itself. At the beginning of the film, it revolves around the life of a younger Freddie Mercury, named at birth as Farrokh Bulsara, who would eventually grow up to be the frontman of the rock band Queen.

It also follows the friends and band mates of Mercury, which includes the guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor. The movie also includes many popular tours and dates that still live in infamy for the foursome, like performing in cities like Perth, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Osaka, New York City, Detroit, and many others in a compelling montage of their finest moments.

THE GOOD
Something very good about “Bohemian Rhapsody” is that it stays accurate to its source material. The casting director hired talented people like Joe Mazzello, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Rami Malek to play John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Freddie Mercury,respectively. The actors do a good job capturing the likeness and mannerism of the band members.

Also, the movie does show what happened in the large gaps of time between different albums. It’s a large timeline of events from the album “Queen” to “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night at The Opera”, and eventually to “Hot Space” in 1982.

When comparing side-by-side shots of important events, like the “Live Aid” event, to what happened in real-life, the movie does an excellent job capturing the time and place. Much like comparing the band member’s appearances between film and reality, they both look very similar. The movie does an excellent job with crucially important details.

THE BAD
There are many things that are good about this film, yet there are still some things that are less positive.

Some things in this movie are rather inaccurate, yet they do not interfere with the film unless you know what actually happened. One thing that is inaccurate is that, when the band-mates are practicing before the world-famous event “Live Aid”, Mercury reveals that he has contracted AIDS. However, this might not have happened, since various sources claim Mercury was diagnosed with the disease in April of 1987.

THE BOTTOM LINE
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great movie when it comes to every little visual detail. It’s all analyzed and used to its full potential. This film is the heart and soul of the Queen fan base and it has every right to be so.

If given the chance, people should watch it. Even some who don’t know who Queen or Freddie Mercury are will be entertained.

Rated: PG-13

Grade: A

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