If you missed “Bohemian Rhapsody” in theaters, Madeliene Lee thinks you should get the DVD or stream it if you want to be inspired.
“We will, we will, rock you.” The recent Queen movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” has done just that and more, seeing as it has won four top-notch awards. Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, the AACTA Award for Best Actor, and the Satellite Award for Best Actor. The movie itself was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has audiences walking out of the theater inspired. The movie is a brilliant blend of Freddie Mercury’s life story and that of the band Queen.
Ellie Greenfield (10) saw “Bohemian Rhapsody” over Thanksgiving Break and has definitely not forgotten it. Before seeing the movie, Ellie had only heard Queen’s most popular songs. However, after seeing the movie, she said “I am now more aware of Queen’s other music.”
To me, the most inspiring part of the movie was Freddie’s outstanding confidence and the impact he now has on me. Ellie has a similar view and said “I used to like him for his music, but now I like him for him. He was only Freddie for him; he wasn’t trying to be anybody else.” She also admires that he loves having the attention on him, even if people weren’t saying the best things. He was unapologetically himself at all times. Sophie Droke (10) also looks up to Freddie’s confidence and individuality after seeing the movie. Sophie added “He gives the message to always be yourself no matter what people think because it will lead to greater success.” Whether it was his edgy outfits or abnormal yet brilliant song lyrics, Freddie never fell short of unique.
The movie also gives the viewer insight into the liveliness of Queen’s fanbase and concerts. There are numerous portrayals of the band’s world tours that perfectly capture the vibrant energy of the fans, as well as the band’s passion for their music. Arguably, the most impactful part of the movie was at the end when Freddie played his final concert. It was extremely inspiring to see him walk onto the stage at Wembley Stadium; the endless crowd erupted with passion and joy. There is a certain energy in this particular scene that makes the viewer feel as if he or she is there in person.
There is always a story behind the music, and that can be the most interesting and moving part. A band or singer’s life is what inspires the music, and the movie gives a compelling representation of Queen’s backstory. The film includes storylines about Freddie dealing with his sexuality and destructive arguments between Freddie and the other band members. However, these hardships were all necessary to make Queen the band that it was: not a normal band, but that is what drew people in. Freddie and his bandmates always strived to do something new and different with their music, and they certainly left a legacy. Queen wasn’t exaggerating when they sang “We are the Champions.”
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