We all know the song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s a classic, and one you can’t help but jam along to no matter what, belting out the high notes like you’re Freddie Mercury himself. But what’s the story of the band behind the song? Bohemian Rhapsody—the new movie released at the beginning of November, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury—tells us just that. While it isn’t completely historically accurate, this movie will have you singing along, laughing, crying, and feeling like you can take on the world—like you’re a part of Queen itself. If you’re looking for a movie to watch over fall break to forget for a couple hours the impending doom of upcoming finals, this is it. And here’s why:
No one owns who they are like Freddie Mercury. You know this as soon as you see what he’s wearing: sequined jumpsuits, billowing pleated sleeves, a foot-high crown. In the movie, Mary Austin tells him “You have such an exotic look… I think we should all take more risks.” Freddie’s confidence in his look is contagious and will have you thinking you can pull off your own style risks. Plus, who doesn’t love watching a movie with the big hair and bell-bottom jeans of the 70s?
Of course, being part of a famous rock band leads to conflict. The movie takes some pretty heart-wrenching turns, bringing us into the arguments between the band’s members, and Mercury’s spiraling search for himself. While it’s hard to watch the fall, it just reminds us that even our musical idols are real people. Just like everyone, they’re looking for Somebody to Love.
Freddie and Mary’s Relationship
Even when their paths separate, Freddie and Mary, find ways to stay in each others’ lives and support one another. Their relationship makes you thankful for that person who sticks with you, no matter how much you both seem to change.
I don’t know what’s more melodramatic than having separate bedrooms for each of your cats. Or strutting through your kitchen in the morning while five of your cats eat their breakfasts out of porcelain bowls. Who knew Freddie Mercury was a cat-person? I know I didn’t.
If there’s one reason to see this movie, it’s the concert scenes. They make you feel like you’re right up on stage with the band, or like you’re in the pit of an early show instead of a movie theater seat. As the crowd begins to chant “We are the Champions,” it’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time to another era—to a show you don’t want to miss.
So, if you’re someone who stops what they’re doing to sing “Galileo, Galileo,” whenever “Bohemian Rhapsody” comes on, you’ll definitely want to stop what you’re doing to see this movie. Not only will it transport you to another era of funky fashion and rock and roll, but you’ll feel like you’ve become a small part of Queen itself. And be prepared: You’ll have the songs stuck in your head for the rest of the night.