Mosky Reviews The New Movie "Bohemian Rhapsody."
I’ve seen several films since I saw “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about the late,
legendary singer, Freddy Mercury and the origins of the classic rock band,
Queen and their rise to music immortality at MTV’s Live Aid concert at
London’s Wembley Stadium in 1985.
I’m STILL thinking about this movie and wishing Freddy were still alive, so
we could all see him live and truly appreciate him.
Rami Malek who plays Freddy in the film brings Freddy Mercury’s spirit to
life, including getting pretty darn close to Mercury’s vocals.
As an side note and some Hollywood Magic: Freddy Mercury tribute vocalist,
Marc Martel, was added to the vocal mix which was outstanding.
The last scene of the movie as a recreation of the 1985 Live Aid concert was
spot on and is not only worth the price of admission, but worth multiple views
and a DVD/Blue Ray purchase.
This scene of that concert was, apparently, the first scene director, Bryan
Singer, filmed, literally rocks the movie. Also, spot on was the performances
by the other actors portraying other Queen band members -Brian May, Roger
Taylor and John Deacon.
The scenes where an EMI record exec, played understated and hilariously by
Mike Myers, gives a lecture to he band why he doesn’t think “Bohemian
Rhapsody” will fly with audiences and his comments: “It’s too long.
Nobody will get the lyrics. And teenagers can’t bop their head to it!”
were very telling since the "Suits" are always a decade behind the times back
then and even today.
The next best scene in the film was the documenting of how “Bohemian
Rhapsody” was written and recorded in the studio. It was both interesting
Besides the movie itself, I found the movie-going demographic for Bohemian
Rhapsody very interesing: 51% female, 49% male, 77% over 25, 31% over 45, 23%
under 25. That’s surprising since the millennials didn’t grow up listening
to Queen on radio like my generation did. Also surprising was the diversity
demographic: 61% Caucasian, 19% Hispanic, 8% Asian and 7% African American
which closely mirrors our country demographics.
Great music and great movies bring us all closer together regardless of our
differences. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is an outstanding movie and worth seeing.
Despite a few slow spots in the pace and a few historical inaccuracies -
Freddie Mercury announced he had AIDS two years AFTER the Live Aid 1985
concert - I give Bohemian Rhapsody 5 Mosky’s. It rocks.