Bohemian Rhapsody: The Story of Four Misfits


Zoe Deralas, Journalist

First in theatres November 1, Bohemian Rhapsody, delves deep into the group of four that broke the ‘norm’ of rock bands in the 80’s. The movie focuses on Queen’s band members, lead singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and bass guitarist John Deacon. The film takes its audience on the journey from the band’s first US tour to their Live Aid performance that had a worldwide audience of over two million.

As the legendary singer once said,”It is not a concert you are seeing, it is a fashion show.” Mercury and his band not only shattered the stereotypes that defined rock music, but their fashion sense also set the group apart from others. Mercury’s masculine yet feminine style better portrayed his disregard of gender roles and prominent role as a fashion icon throughout the film. However reflecting on Mercury’s life, it is easy for many to agree while he did live his life to the fullest he indeed faced the obstacles any homosexual would in the 80’s.

As seeing the classic rock icon’s unfortunate death occurred on November 24th, 1991, the producers desired the film to be released almost 27 years after his passing. Queen had developed a sense of original musicality that had never been heard before. For example, the operatic section in Bohemian Rhapsody is what makes the song so iconic, yet so unique. The creation of the band’s songs and how they brainstormed their ideas was incorporated into the movie, and it truly was a magnificent way to view their creation of music through a whole new perspective.

The actors embodied the rock legends both in look and in spirit, and it was shown that 92 percent of all audiences that watched the film had truly enjoyed it. Another great component that comes into play is the way the scenes went in depth and gave the viewers a feel for more than just the music, but who the members of the band were as people. Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredible take on this exemplary band that will continue to have their legend live on forever in the music industry.