Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody Film Review

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Bohemian Rhapsody charts the beginning and rise of the most successful British rock band Queen.

The story begins in the 1970s when London and England was a different place and country with social tensions and racism when Farrokh Bulsara (later called Freddie Mercury) was first introduced to a rock audience, no-one could have imagined that this long haired, brown skinned, slim young man would become the greatest and most influential vocalist in British music history.

While the film centres on Freddie Mercury, which is played inch perfect by Rami Malek and needed a strong actor to play Freddie Mercury, which resulted in four awards for best actor: Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globes and The Screen Actors Guild.

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The key moments of the history of becoming Queen was the meeting outside the club with guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) sitting in the back of Taylor's van both feeling fairly-low with their vocalist quitting their group Smile and Farrokh Bulsara coming along as the solution to their problems.

It was not only Freddie Mercury's confidence and desire for success, but the rest of the group Brian May, Roger Taylor and the last to join bassist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) followed Freddie's lead and parting with your wheels can be hard for a young man to deal with, but it paid for them to record their debut album.

The road to success was not overnight with many setbacks and a lot of gigs and live shows, but it was the single release Killer Queen that made an impact in Britain, America and across the world from the album Sheer Heart Attack (1974).

It was the following year that Queen recorded A Night at the Opera, which featured their ground-breaking and at the time unusual song Bohemian Rhapsody.

While on the road and away from his girlfriend (and later after Freddie told her of his homosexuality, became his most trusted and the closet friend he had throughout his life) Mary Austin, you get a glimpse of what happened on tour and showing Freddie's sexual orientation.

As Queen become more successful those being close to Freddie Mercury were buying drugs and supplying men for sex for him.

Quite late on in the career of Queen a split within the group came about when Freddie Mercury was offered £4 million to make a solo record, which was Mr Bad Guy (1985).

But the climax of the film really comes with the Live Aid performance, which as the legend goes, nearly did not happen.

Queen were not billed on the performance list and the members of Queen were not on speaking terms with Freddie Mercury, but with the news of a live show happening in Britain and America and was going to be televised live across the world to raise money for the people in Ethiopia and organised by The Boomtown Rats lead vocalist Bob Geldof, Freddie wanted Queen to perform at Live Aid.

Freddie Mercury led Queen to a victorious performance, which involved the audience and the 1.9 billion people across the world watching Live Aid.

When HIVAIDS hit the headlines in the early 1980s it was affecting a high portion of the gay community in the Californian American city of San Francisco.

Sadly, Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with the HIVAIDS virus in 1987 and he died at his London residence in Kensington in the presence of his stable lover Jim Hutton on the 24th November 1991.

But the legend lives on in his music in Queen and his solo work!

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