Rami Malek, Queen, and Freddie Mercury fans rejoice! Bohemian Rhapsody is now in theaters!
Directed by Bryan Singer (The X-Men Franchise, Trick ‘R Treat) and Dexter Fletcher, the PG-13 biopic is centered around Mercury’s life and how Queen came to be the classic glam rock band it is today. Not short of stars or celebrity cameos, the two hour and fifteen-minute film is a wild (but watered down) ride through Queen’s history with Mercury. It recreates some of Queen’s biggest moments, including the studio recording of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and their famous “Live Aid” performance.
The movie, altogether, took nearly 8 years to produce, direct, and film. Mercury had a very complicated life, so compiling it all into just two hours was a daunting task.
Bohemian Rhapsody also touches on Mercury’s sexuality and diagnosis of AIDS. In the trailer, a press conference is depicted where the media asks “Freddie, what about your private life?” and Mercury (Malek) swiftly replies “What about it? I make music.”
The film’s soundtrack, which features 22 songs, was produced by Brian May and Roger Taylor, with engineering and co-production by Queen studio collaborators Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson, and Joshua J Macrae. The album features crowd favorites such as “Radio GaGa” and “Fat Bottomed Girls”, as well as live performances of “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
If seeing the movie sends you into your “feels,” fans can support Mercury’s foundation Mercury Pheonix Trust by streaming and downloading covers of “Killer Queen” (sung by 5 Seconds of Summer) and “Under Pressure” (Shawn Mendes and Teddy <3), both created in honor of the movie.