A Champion Maybe, A Winner For Sure: Bohemian Rhapsody

The music group Queen made its mark with an uncanny number of Anthem type songs at the height of Stadium Rock and Roll in the later 1970’s and 1980’s.  We Are Champions, Another One Bites The Dust and other Queen songs play at sporting events to this day.

Bohemian Rhapsody the Brian Singer (The Usual Suspects) Directed film brings the story of Queen and its music to life in a powerful and dynamic manner. Rami Malek (Night At The Museum, Pacific, Mr. Robot) as Lead Man Freddy Mercury is as compelling a watch as recent films can offer.

However, Malek as Mercury is hardly the only exciting or quality aspect of Bohemian Rhapsody.  The story of the band as written in the screenplay by Writer Director Anthony McCarten (AAN The Darkest Hour, AAN The Theory of Everything) and Writer Peter Morgan (AAN Frost\Nixon, AAN The Queen) is lush and makes things feel genuine without being trite.  A true surprise is Gwilym Lee (Isle of Dogs) as Queen’s Lead Guitarist and Arranger Brian May. Gwilym looks, sounds, and appears to play just like May.

Queen was panned by the music critics and adored by fans.  My guess is this film will be appreciated by all.

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Jeff’s Worthless Trivia and Other Thoughts

Queen’s Lead Guitarist and Sound Engineer Brian May was superb in creating Queen’s sound.  Your response could like be “yeah but its not like he is a Scientist or something.”  Well, you would wrong. Dr. Brian May is in fact a world renown astrophysicist that was the Chief Collaborator of NASA’s recent mission to Pluto (New Horizon).

 

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