So as most of you may know and should know may I add, the dedication to Freddie Mercury “Bohemian Rhapsody” came out in cinemas a few weeks ago. An amazing masterpiece am I right? Not only is it quirky, full of attention to detail and extremely heartfelt, it’s a great memoir containing the highlights of Freddie Mercury’s life.
Before I review what I view the best biographical film of 2018, I want to share my love for the only Queen worth noting who has ever lived. Before me or any of my siblings were born, my daddy received Queen’s Greatest Hits II as a present from my mother whom he was dating. He instantly fell in love with the ingenious guitar riffs and powerful vocal range of Freddie himself. As part of tradition, when coming home from work in the US, my daddy used to crank up the volume of Queen’s CD and wind the windows down when coming up the straight road in Florida so mammy “knew from a mile off, he was coming home”.
Naturally that one CD became the foundation of my family’s love for Queen. Listening to it in every car my dad has owned throughout my life and watching Live Aid at their performance and NOW 4 at Queen’s music video “It’s a Hard Life”, I developed an adoration for the music and learned every song he ever released, (and the ones he performed for the movie Highlander and never got to complete).
My sister Aislínn and I used to air guitar to Brian May and John Deacon’s chords while my older brother Ciarán pranced around with a flourish a lot like Freddie Mercury’s. Queen and all their albums have always and will always be the beginning and base for my love for all music.
I don’t want to spoil the film for those who haven’t seen it yet, but as fans may know poor Freddie died of Aids in 1991 after his iconic performance in Live Aid in 1985. He was from Zanzibar but identified as British and legally changed his name from Farrokh Bulsara to Freddie Mercury. He met May and Taylor at a gig while they were college students and offered to sing for them when their main singer ditched them. Later they added Deacon for base and Freddie came up with the title “QUEEN” as in “Your Royal Highness.” Also, it was radical and flamboyant, all of which suited Freddie to a T.
The film “Bohemian Rhapsody” addresses everything from Freddie Mercury’s passion of song writing and singing to his difficult life of stardom. His teen years up to his last performance is shown and believe you me, you WILL blubber like a baby at the sadness and hardship he had to endure. I watched the movie in theatres twice in the space of two days and tried to hold back the emotion but failed miserably. As a dedication to Queen and the Legend that is Freddie Mercury, it passed with flying colours.