Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Wow.

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to watch Bohemian Rhapsody, and even though it was a ‘censored’ version onboard a flight, the movie still pulled at my heart strings and had me breathless through most of it.

I never really listened to Queen growing up, possibly because I was still young while the band made their music. But that’s not to say that I did not know their songs. Oh, I heard them, on the radio, and I’m pretty sure I sang along to them too. But my first memorable impression of a Queen song was “We Are the Champions”, via the Mighty Ducks movie, while others became part of one’s life anthems, as they most definitely did for almost everyone across the globe.

The glimpse into Freddy Mercury’s life was one thing, but my favourite aspect of the movie was seeing how those very famous songs came about – from the haunting piano melody of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the stomping of “We Are the Champions”, and the disco riff of “Another One Bites the Dust”. Oh, I wanted to clap my hands and sing out loud, but I didn’t for fear of disturbing my fellow passengers.

And then there’s Rami Malek, who embodies Mr Mercury so perfectly. I am also watching him in Mr Robot right now, and it was interesting watching him portray such different characters – both talented, both lonely, in their own way. Oh, there were tiny traces were I saw a hint of Elliot Alderson, perhaps it was in the tone of his voice, but it certainly wasn’t a flaw in his acting.

Watching the movie left me with one question though – was Freddy Mercury wearing Onitsuka Tigers???

One day I’d like to watch an uncensored version of this movie on a fully bigger screen. I think it deserves it.

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