November 05, 2018

"Bohemian Rhapsody" REVIEW: Freddie Mercury biopic climaxes with Queen's historic Live Aid gig (and that's a problem)

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

The 1970s classic rock group Queen, fronted by the flamboyant Freddie Mercury, made music so epic that to this day, people all over the world know the lyrics of their songs off by heart — even if they don't speak English.


As a Christian kid growing up in the country, I wasn't even allowed to watch Power Rangers. But my dad and I still rocked out to Queen's music on the car radio (as long as mom wasn't around...)

So does the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody live up to the expectations of fans of all ages around the globe? As Mercury, actor Rami Malek embodies the charismatic and idiosyncratic singer, which is an incredible accomplishment. But the rest of the movie is just… ok.

And what about the facts? The movie climaxes with a recreation of Queen's unforgettable performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert to help victims of the famine in Ethiopia. Too bad Bohemian Rhapsody leaves out some inconvenient facts about that campaign…

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commented 2018-11-12 18:29:52 -0500
Movies are supposed to be great entertainment and that’s exactly what Bohemian Rhapsody accomplishes. Go see it , you won’t be wasting your money .
commented 2018-11-06 09:35:24 -0500
Nobody goes to this movie wanting to learn the politics of live aid. Yes he was bisexual, no he wasn’t a Muslim. I know people that aren’t exactly enlightened or accepting when it comes to homosexuality, yet when it comes to Freddie they don’t give a rats ass . He was simply fascinating to watch. This movie was made because of that and Queens music, that’s all. No politics, no politically correct bullshit, that’s why the fans love it and critics don’t. Correct on one major point, somebody give that man an Oscar.
commented 2018-11-06 07:33:12 -0500
I actually know someone who went to boarding school with Freddie in England (b4 fame). He didn’t know him well from what I understand. He said he was a weird guy – maybe that was his way of saying he was gay (???)
commented 2018-11-05 21:18:02 -0500
Live Aid – aka Arms for Dictators.
commented 2018-11-05 20:35:31 -0500
Freddy was NOT a Muslim! His family were refugees from Muslim genocides against his people. The ending up in the UK, from Asia, via Zanzibar. He was raised as a Zoroastrian – a fire worshipper. As Zoroastrians are pagans the Quran states there is no rapprochement with them, hence they must ‘vanish’.
commented 2018-11-05 16:13:42 -0500
Ben,

This is a movie about Queen/Freddie Mercury. The “inconvenient facts” you speak of have absolutely NO PLACE in this movie and it’s actually incredibly odd that you even bring it up, since it’s completely irrelevant here.

Were you on a deadline to post a new video and were simply out of ideas?
commented 2018-11-05 15:24:28 -0500
My Wife used to love Freddy, I bet I downloaded every song he ever recorded and put them on Discs for her, I used to download them and then convert them to mp4 format and you can get a ton of mp4’s onto a CD. I must admit he was a good singer and entertainer. He was a Muslim, the Son of some rich Sheik. Being Gay he could not travel back to his homeland.