Factual error: In a scene in 1980, Brian May is teaching everyone the beat for his new song "We Will Rock You." However that song was released in 1977.
There are some good performances here (specifically Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury) and the film has a lot of scenes that I enjoyed. Specifically, the scenes where they were creating the songs and the Live Aid concert at the end. However, as a whole, it fell short. It never felt like it had a compelling story at its core or have anything to say, so there was not enough for it to leave an impact.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a moving, musical tribute to the band Queen and their bold, flamboyant lead singer, Freddie Mercury. While parts of the story are bumped around and otherwise fictionalized for the sake of telling the tale, Bohemian Rhapsody is based upon much of the history of the group, from their humble start to their catapulting to super-stardom! Rami Malek convincingly channels Freddie's appearance, speech and mannerisms while the singing voice is an amalgam of Mercury's own, Malek's and Marc Martel. If you're a fan of the band and its enduring music, someone interested in a drama about the showman behind the music who put one of the most visible faces to the then-emerging aids epidemic, or a lover of rock concerts and rock history, there's something here for you! Be aware that there are scenes depicting drugs and homosexuality, so parents should exercise what discretion and guidance is appropriate, and some viewers are forewarned.
A very good biopic but does stretch the truth in places. Don't consider this to be the complete truth. But still a good watch.
Brian May: I didn't know it was fancy dress, Fred.
Freddie Mercury: I've got to make an impression, darling!
Brian May: You look like an angry lizard!
Question: What is the significance of the guy moving the button on the control panel at the Live Aid concert? He moved the "no" tape and slides the buttons and then puts the tape back.
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