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Bohemian Rhapsody: The Life and Legacy of Queen

The Bohemian Rhapsody official movie poster. “...four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for the other misfits. They’re the outcasts, right at the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.”

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The Bohemian Rhapsody official movie poster. “...four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for the other misfits. They’re the outcasts, right at the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.”

Maddy H. '21, Reporter

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a must-see movie best viewed in a theater with the music shaking your seat. The story focuses on Freddie Mercury and the struggles and successes of his band, Queen, going solo, and being diagnosed with AIDS. The movie includes many popular songs by Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Killer Queen,” and more. Actor Remi Malek plays Freddie Mercury. Malek is best known for being in all three of the “Night of the Museum” series, the last two “Twilight” movies, and “Battleships.”“Bohemian Rhapsody” was released on Nov. 2, 2018. It ranked number one in the box office, earning 50 million dollars on its first weekend. Malek’s acting skills conveyed the emotions of Mercury very effectively.

Mercury’s whole life wasn’t shown in the movie, but the movie didn’t seem to go too fast. Going from the beginning of the Live Aid show to Freddie’s life before the band at the beginning of the movie shows how much he changed throughout his life. Mercury was always portrayed as a confident and witty man, but later in the movie viewers saw the other side of him.

Mercury wasn’t always confident and sometimes it was a facade to hide his weakness: loneliness. The movie showed how sad Mercury’s life was and the manipulative people clouding his judgment during most of his fame. When the band was formed, they described themselves as “…four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for the other misfits. They’re the outcasts, right at the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.” This showed how Queen felt about themselves and was one of the most important lines in my opinion.

The movie didn’t hide the fact that the band fought each other and there were ups and downs. The fights were mostly about money, and whose songs went in the album, among other things. Mercury and Roger Taylor fought a lot about Mercury’s partying lifestyle. The movie was amazing despite the fact that the writers got a major fact wrong. In the movie, Freddy tells the band he has AIDS before the Live Aid in 1985, but Freddy wasn’t diagnosed with AIDS until 1987. However, this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the movie.

Many popular Queen songs had their place in the movie. In the song “Killer Queen” they talked about redoing the formula of a popular song since it was their first hit. In “Bohemian Rhapsody” they fought about it with their producer. In “Another One Bites the Dust” they fought about how it was for a club.  In “We Will Rock You” they made the song specifically so the fans could sing along at concerts.

I recommend that everyone over the age of 13 should see “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This movie should be seen in the theaters with many people and the music being blasted.

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Maddy H. '21, Reporter

Maddy is a sophomore at Padua Academy. She was born on September 30, 2002. For middle school, she went to Immaculate Conception School in Elkton, Maryland....

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