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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 bandmates 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.Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
Freddie Mercury was known for having a sweet tooth and liked to have a small bowl of 'Smarties' (a British chocolate bean candy similar to chocolate M&Ms but made by Nestle) on his dressing room table before every gig. However he did not get on with one of the colors , possibly due to an intolerance of the dye used, and would ask his PA to remove all the beans of that color from the bowl and dispose of them. This may have been the source of the Ozzy Osbourne (or Van Halen as a test to see whether the requirements for a gig were being followed accurately) /Brown M&Ms story told by Ralph Brown's roadie character to Wayne & Garth in Wayne's World 2 (1993), the script of which was co-written by Mike Myers, who also appears in this film as semi-fictional EMI executive Ray Foster. See more »
When changing the wheel on the van, one of the band offers the suggestion that the bolt needs to be removed "Counter Clockwise". This is an Americanism and is never said by native English speakers, which the whole band would be, where the correct term would be "Anti-Clockwise" or even "Widdershins". See more »
For those of us of a certain age Queen, and especially Freddie, defined us. Sitting through this movie I had goosebumps. The casting just works and watching the actors playing May and Deacon you'd be forgiven in thinking someone had access to a time machine. Even Kenny Everett was instantly recognisable.
I left this movie a strange combination of elated and terribly sad. Elated to hear the music, watch the story and yet sad that Freddie was so desperately lonely.
Ultimately, I think Freddie would have approved of the whole thing. His genius and flamboyance shone through.
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