BY Alexandra loukeris
On Nov. 2, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a film about the band Queen, was released in theaters around the globe. The biopic has gained mixed reviews since its release last weekend.
“I saw ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ this past weekend and I absolutely loved it! I’m a huge fan of Queen, not just of their music but of the band itself,” said sophomore Camryn Bonetti.
The movie follows the development of the band, while giving more focus on their front man, Freddie Mercury, and his life. The film brings the audience through the band’s journey to their success, including concert scenes. Fans are able to learn the backstory of the band and see all the events that went on behind-the-scenes.
“The film did a good job showing some things, like how the band fought, but I heard that they got a lot of important facts wrong in the film,” said sophomore Vincent Avallone. “The concert parts spread throughout the film were especially enjoyable, but I believe that it was poorly paced in the beginning with how quickly the film went from story to concert and back in the beginning, although it did get better at pacing halfway through.”
Rami Malek portrays Freddie Mercury in the movie, where they talk about his life leading up to Queen and his journey with his sexuality. His performance as Mercury has been receiving Oscar buzz since its release.
“I thought his performance as Freddie Mercury was super accurate. A lot of performances that were portrayed in the movie showed him creating a similar energy that Freddie had,” said Bonetti. “He also looked similar to him with the different costumes and haircuts that were given to him which was really cool!”
Junior Lauren Lowther has been a fan of the band from a young age.
“They’re my favorite rock band, my father, brother and I would just listen to Queen albums on the way up to hockey tournaments,” said Lowther. “I’m planning on seeing it over Thanksgiving break because of my busy college schedule, but I am very excited.”
Through the concert scenes throughout the film, fans can witness their favored hits being played on the big screen.
“My all-time favorite song is ‘Somebody to Love,’” said Lowther. “But I also love the classics like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now.’ I can guarantee you that I will be singing along in the theatre.”
Critics and students have acclaimed that people of all ages can enjoy this film and its well-known music.
“I definitely recommend everyone to see this movie, whether you enjoy Queen or not!” said Bonetti.
CNN reports that “The Queen biopic took the No.1 spot with an estimated $50 million haul in North America and $141.7 million globally.”
The well-known character of Freddie Mercury is appreciated by fans throughout the movie making it a must see film.
“To see the inside of Freddie Mercury’s mind. I think there are so many questions that I need answered and just to see quality music being made and the history of the band,” said Lowther.