I didn’t know much about Queen. I knew only the band’s name, the lead singer Freddie Mercury, and a couple of their songs.
It’s funny that I learned bits and pieces of information about the rock group just on random occasions. When I was in high school, I asked the best guitar player in the classroom for song recommendations. On top of the list she gave was Bohemian Rhapsody.
The next thing I knew, I was already playing the song on repeat. The track got me having the last song syndrome, except I couldn’t always sing well the “Galileo! Galileo!” part.
And one time when I was listening to My Chemical Romance, I heard the lead singer talking about some Freddie Mercury before singing Under Pressure, the official soundtrack of the animated film Happy Feet. I then researched Freddie Mercury and learned he was the vocalist of Queen. Eventually, I started to wonder how he managed to write the lyrics and arrange the melody and instrumentation of my all-time favorite song Bohemian Rhapsody.
I could go all day telling you about the other occasions I learned something new about the band. But since the title promises to enumerate reasons the movie tribute to Queen will be worth your while, I give you without further ado the five things that make Bohemian Rhapsody a must-watch.
1| Rami Malek Did an Oscar-Winning Performance
Forgive me and a lot others for we didn’t know Rami Malek. When I saw the trailer, I even asked, “Why didn’t they get Johnny Depp to play as Freddie?” But when the first few minutes of the film rolled as I was seated in the cinema, the answer hit me – Rami Malek was simply effortlessly amazing! His speech, his moves – they were all so Freddie Mercury. He killed it! He is a living proof that Hollywood isn’t made up of the same old faces.
This may be too much to say, but I think his acting was an Oscar-winning performance! And I should be right when I say no one could’ve pulled off a Freddie Mercury better than Rami.
2| It’s the Perfect Tribute to Queen and to All Other Great Musicians
In the movie, you will see how chart-topping music was made during the 70s and 80s. Everything relied on lyrics, vocals, and musical instruments, not much like the many songs we hear today that actually depended on digitalized musical effects.
And because there’s now much advancement in the field of music-making, anyone can be a selling recording artist by the likes of Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, and Kim Chiu, to name a few. For Freddie’s sake! What has the music industry turned into? Forgive me for going down this road.
Anyway, Queen were a perfect example of a band that created music out of passion, creativity, and pains. Just imagine how they were able to put the pieces of the world hit Bohemian Rhapsody together! Having no aid of advanced music-mixing software, the song had to be rendered with organic instrumentation and non-autotuned vocals.
This and all their other songs will make you rethink the way you look at how hits today were actually made. But regardless of how much or how little you know about today’s music industry, Queen were among those legends that will forever be remembered for their great music.
As the movie showed, their songs were just as wonderful as their journey to stardom. So it was just so right that this tribute was made for them. Kudos to the makers of this movie! Bohemian Rhapsody is a perfect way to commemorate the legends that were Queen and to give respect to those who make great music today.
3| Everyone Applauded Because Who Wouldn’t?
Honestly, most of the movies that I watched in the cinema didn’t get any applause from the audience. I can only count in my fingers the number of films I watched that got everyone clapping at the ending.
To be fair to Bohemian Rhapsody, it really deserved more than just all the applause it got from the audience I happened to belong in. I don’t know, but I really felt I had to put my hands together for Freddie Mercury, Queen, the songs played, and the people who were behind the movie tribute.
The fact that I wasn’t the only one that applauded is enough proof that Bohemian Rhapsody was a good watch. If I wasn’t too shy, I would’ve decided to be on my feet until the rest followed suit for a standing ovation.
4| No One Wanted to Pee, but for All the Good Reasons
Halfway through the movie, I felt the need to empty my bladder. But guess what? I waited for the entire screen time to finish (up to the movie credits!) until I finally decided to pee. Bohemian Rhapsody was too good to watch that I didn’t want to miss any scene.
Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only one who held urine in. Since I chose a seat along the second-to-the-last row, I sure would see almost everyone who would pass by either aisle. Trust me, I saw no one standing up to go to the toilet.
When the movie ended, I heard someone telling his friend, “Come on! Hurry! I need to pee. I’ve been holding this for more than two hours already because I didn’t want to miss any second of the film.” So yeah, it wasn’t just me! If you found that a movie made the watchers choose staying seated and possibly getting UTI over going to the toilet in the middle of the screening, then that movie must be a must-watch!
5| It Brought Strong Nostalgia (in a Positive Way)
I wasn’t born yet when Queen were in their prime. Freddie Mercury didn’t even make it to my birth year; he died (of AIDS-related pneumonia) in 1991 at the age of 45. But Queen’s music has carried on, most especially Bohemian Rhapsody, which has always been among my all-time favorite songs since high school.
Hearing the band’s masterpieces again, this time along with the songs’ backstory, gave me the nostalgia. I was so touched that I couldn’t help but reminisce all those years when I would just listen to their music with no knowledge at all of how the lyrics came to be.
The movie made me want to wish I were already alive when Queen were doing their album tours. I could’ve expressed more my admiration and gratitude to them.
Perhaps the only thing that will stand between you and watching the movie is the fact (or little spoiler) that the song “Too Much Love Will Kill You” never played all throughout. But the film isn’t all about just any single song. It’s about the band’s story and legacy. So whether or not you are a fan of the rock group, you will find it worthwhile to watch Bohemian Rhapsody in big screen and to catch there the actor who played Petyr Baelish (oops!).