Bohemian Rhapsody

Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise/playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday

This iconic film makes a tribute to Queen’s humble beginnings: Before the band was a huge hit, before the band was a big deal. Freddie Mercury meets his future band-mates playing to a group of young people in a bar. Upon learning that their lead singer quit–wanting to go to a different group–Freddie offers up, “I write song lyrics.” 

It’s the start of a beautiful group, and a tempestuous friendship.

Radio, what’s new? Radio, someone still loves you 

Bohemian Rhapsody is an ode to the hard work, arguments, and often times goofiness that went on between the band.

As an American, I know that my facts of the group aren’t as well versed as I like, but what I do know of Queen makes me respect the way they challenged the music industry, and what we consider rock music. Freddie Mercury was an incredible man, someone who wasn’t bound to the rules of making music, and was captivating with his endless improvisation. We’ll never again have someone who can sing like Freddie, or do improv on stage like him. 

I long for somone to be as creative as Queen, pushing the boundaries of music–any genre–as this band has done. They’ve created memorable songs, music that doesn’t just fit into one specific genre. 

This film illustrates this well, to quote Rami Malek who plays Freddie: “We’re four misfits that don’t belong together. We’re playing for other misfists. They’re the outcasts in the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.” 

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip/and get on my track’s 

I love the montage of Queen becoming more of a success, playing around the world, coming into their own as a band. I loved the scene where they created their first album, much to the confusion of the owners of the studio: “Just some college kids.” It’s funny how innovation can be seen as something silly, when really it turns out that you just need to play around a bit. 

The funniest thing was the music producer, played by Mike Myers, who believed that “teenagers can crank up the volume in their cars and bang their head to,” when it came to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

Here’s to proving ’em all wrong: 


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