Friday 25th January sees Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) as our film for ‘grown-ups’ at 8:00pm £5
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his band-mates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Yes there are some historic inaccuracies but given the involvement of the remaining Queen members, I don’t think it matters too much. Follow this link for comparison details and check-out the images of the actors and the real people. Some are uncannily very alike!
Bohemian Rhapsody vs real life
The film follows the rise of Queen up to their performance at Live Aid. I’ve always been a fan of Queen and whilst I generally knew Freddie’s story, I still enjoyed this film – I even surprised myself and shed a tear or two.
Actor Rami Malek, star of new film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, is said to have watched Freddie Mercury’s 1985 Live Aid Performance over 1,500 times on YouTube to nail his version of it. When you see the film and performance side-by-side, it shows those hours were definitely not put to waste. Malek didn’t sing and could not play the guitar or piano when he got the part of Freddie!