Saturday, November 3, 2018

Movie review: "Bohemian Rhapsody"

When my mom was 7 months pregnant with me, she attended a "Queen" concert in Venezuela and growing up she always recounted the chaotic yet exhilarating experience of her friends guarding her belly and her being scared because I wouldn't stop moving and bouncing during the whole concert.  She always joked that I was a fan of "Queen" even before I was born because ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed blasting the tunes of Freddie Mercury and company and knew pretty much the lyrics to every one of their songs so naturally when this movie was announced I could not contain my excitement. 
I once saw a meme that said "Never trust a person who doesn't sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody when it comes on the radio" so by those standards everyone in attendance at last night's showing of the movie is most definitely trustworthy.... ha! what a great experience was to watch "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the theater.
The movie revolves around the life of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the famous band "Queen"; it starts out when he offers to replace the recently retired singer of the band "Smile", which he followed on their college gigs, and it ends with Freddie's famous Live Aid performance in 1985.
The movie tells the story of how "Queen" became famous and how their best known songs came to be; it also tells a bit about Freddie's family life and his romantic relationships as well as the overall dynamics between the band members.  The story is told very gracefully and the actors do an amazing job at embodying all of "Queen's" members, family and friends but the actor that plays Mercury definitely puts out the most salient performance of all. 
Aside from the plot line, which is pretty great, the music is just incredible and the movie delivers goosebump kind of moments throughout when songs like "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" come on.
The movie is rated PG-13 and a lot of my friends have asked me if it would be appropriated for kids under 13.  While I do not think the movie featured any outrageously inappropriate scenes, there is some foul language, gay scenes, unspoken drug use and sexual innuendo throughout so every parent should make his/her own decision about what their children should or shouldn't watch. I personally wouldn't have a problem taking Olivia to see it and probably will take her but I acknowledge the fact that not every parent might be ok with letting their tween aged kid watch "Bohemian Rhapsody".
I thoroughly enjoyed "Bohemian Rhapsody" and will probably watch it again more than once.  I will give this one 4 out of 4 stars, it was beautifully executed, it was compelling, casting was on point and of course the soundtrack was amazing!

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