It’s been a long time since I have been moved by a film. Being the age of 24 with a heart of stone and having read the reviews of publishers like the Guardian, I expected a flop.
However, I will say this now; Bohemian Rhapsody, like the song it is named after, is a triumph.
The movie documents the rise and fall of Queen and their escalation to the mantle of legends, also focusing on the creation of Freddie Mercury; played faultlessly by Remi Malek.
Bohemian Rhapsody opens with the now world-famous Live Aid performance, with front-man Mercury being shown as the showman we all remember him as.
The film quickly steps back to the origins of Mercury and Queen, showing the rise to fame of the band, charting the course of their history and of course, their music.
The whole film has heart and foresight, something that is critiqued by the mass media. Many believe that the film should be a raw and true representation of the journey of Queen.
Yet, the way in which the band are remembered is honoured in this film, adding extra mythos to the already iconic musical act.
The highlight of the film?
The recreation of the entire Queen Live Aid performance, which is known as the greatest concert of all time by many musical legends, commentators and music lovers.
Faithfully recreated using the exact recordings from the performance, it brings to an end a truly moving and phenomenal film that tackles the issue of Mercury’s battle with Aids, his personal life and sexual preferences in a tasteful, yet honest way.
Ultimately it is a brilliant story, with even greater music. What’s not to love?
My recommendation? Go and see it before it leaves the cinema because there is nothing quite like hearing the majesty of Queen in full Dolby Surround Sound!